Summer Orientation Program (SOP)

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've 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.

Skills Taught:

  • 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


It is difficult to truly convey the work we do, please watch these news videos to see more about the program.

KTVH  June 25, 2018 "Program helps people who are blind learn to navigate life"