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. .




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


Get Involved:

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.



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

KTVH  June 29, 2019 "Guiding those with visual impairments down a path to independence and freedom."



SOP Information

For more information about the Summer Orientation Program or to request an application, please contact:


MAB Secretary:


SOP Director, Jocelyn at:





Summer Orientation Program 2020

We will be in Billings at Rocky College from June 15-July 10.

Applications available now for staff and students! Call 406-442-9411 or Download Here



Summer Oreintation Program Application