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


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



SOP Information

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


MAB Secretary:


SOP Director, Jocelyn at: