OMAA Online Symposium

Annual OMAA Online Symposium 

The Online Symposium is the biggest annual OMAA PD event for members to share current O&M practice, engage and network with peers and learn about new and exciting innovations, all while sitting in the comfort of your home or workplace. 

This one-day symposium provides evidence and experience-based presentations for Orientation and Mobility professionals and stakeholders. Held online, participants have the opportunity to engage with presenters and audience members through a range of online activities. 

The OMAA Symposium contributes 6 CPD hours towards COMS re-certification with ACVREP as it addresses the Core Domains of the OMAA O&M Framework.


Online Symposium 2022

OMAA are pleased to present this year’s Online Symposium on 30 September 2022. 

The program for 2022 is now available! Click here to take a look at the exciting lineup of speakers and presentations.



Registration, presentation and exhibiting submissions are now open. To register please visit the OMAA Symposium 2022 registration page on the NextSense website.

Digital Access tickets are now available to purchase for OMAA members and non-members. This ticket provides access to the presentation recordings 7-10 days after the live event, and the recordings will be available for viewing until 1 December 2022. Registrants of this ticket type will still be eligible to receive the 6 PD hours towards COMS re-certification with ACVREP.


Abstract Submissions – now closed

The Online Symposium is only 3 months away and we invite you to consider submitting a paper as the symposium is a forum for us to discuss a variety of topics and innovative practice, share perspectives and opinions related to O&M in Australasia, learn about the latest research, trends and technology and plan for the future. This year’s symposium theme is Future Proof – addressing future client needs.  Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of it! Presenters will receive a free ticket to attend the full day!

Please submitting a paper no later than 12 August 2022, in order for us to consider your presentation.

If you have an idea for a presentation but are not sure how to write an abstract (e.g. on your case study or conceptual paper, innovative practice descriptions and evaluations) please attend the next Community of Practice Meeting on Tuesday 19 July 2022, 1-2.30pm AEST. The topic will be Formulating abstracts and presenting at conferences. We will have the privilege of hearing from Dr. Bronwen Scott, and her extensive experience in this area. Check out the Community of Practice Meetings page for more details.

Feeling a little shy about presenting? To help you on your way, the PDC are offering assisting with abstract writing. You can contact us via


Keynote Speaker

The OMAA Professional Development team is thrilled to announce that Dr Amanda Lueck has been secured as one of the keynote speakers. Dr Lueck is an expert on visual impairment, particularly the effects of early brain injury on vision in children and its educational consequences. She is a Professor Emeritus of Special Education, San Francisco State University, and co-author of Vision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children. We are very excited to have her engage with our O&M community in Australasia!



NextSense have released two podcast episodes about the OMAA Online Symposium:

  • Episode 107: Trudy Smith is joined by OMAA Symposium keynote panelists Nicola McDowell and Amanda Lueck to talk about the Adults with CVI group.
  • Episode 108: Join Trudy Smith as she chats to OMAA Symposium keynote panelist Arvind Chandna about adult CVI. 


Exhibition Opportunity

Interested in exhibiting at the Symposium? Please download and read the Exhibition Opportunity Flyer for more information.


Save the date to your calendar for the Online Symposium 2022 on 30 September 2022 from 10am – 6pm (AEDT).


Warm regards,

OMAA Professional Development Team



Online Symposium 2021

The OMAA Professional Development Committee would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the fabulous presenters in our 2021 Online Symposium. Dona Sauerburger entertained and educated us with her presentation ‘Adapting to Change for the O&M profession’. We heard from a variety of presenters that provided us with interesting and informative topics that ranged from looking at 3D printed kits for understanding street crossings to Tactile Map (TMap) automated production, through to looking at the challenges of social distancing and much more!

Weren’t able to join us last year? Keen to hear more about the symposium? Check out the last year podcasts from the symposium keynote speakers:

  • Episode 83 – Trudy Smith talks with Dona Sauerburger about her upcoming OMAA Symposium keynote address.
  • Episode 81 – OMAA committee OMAA representatives Angela Reynolds and Kay Daly chat to Trudy Smith about the upcoming symposium.