Summer Orientation Program
Providing the Visually Impaired Skills for Independence for over 60 Years
Who We Are
The Summer Orientation Program (SOP) is a non-profit, program that teaches adults from Montana who have recently experienced vision loss the skills necessary to live independently and to function in their home, community, and at work.
It is a four week program held each year, mid-June to mid-July on the campus of Carroll College in Helena, MT
The Path to Independence
When vision loss occurs it becomes necessary to learn other ways of doing everyday tasks.
- Safe travel in home and community
- Use of adaptive equipment for home and work
- Alternative methods of writing including Braille and writing guides
- Computer programs for the visually impaired
- Methods of marking appliances and equipment
- Use of assistive technology
- Support networks are formed
- Community resources are shared
- Adaptive recreation
The Summer Orientation Program is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. It receives funding through fundraisers done by the Montana Association for the Blind and Montana Shares. You may make contributions or sponsor a student by contacting the MAB office in Helena.
2018 Summer Program Applications are now Available!
Student and staff applications for 2018 are now available. Please call:
Jocelyn 406-586-2276 or Laura at 406-442-9411 to get a 2018 application.
The program this year runs from June 11 to July 6. We hope to see you this year in Helena for the 2018 Summer Program!
If you are a potential student that is working with an agency such as MT Blind and Low Vision Services or the MT Department of Veterans Affairs, we urge you to work with your counselor or agency to complete your application.