Services & Support
How OMASA Serves its Members
Birthed out of a National Council for the Blind Conference held in Durban, South Africa, OMASA has been serving its members since its inauguration by Ken Lord in 1978.
The main objective of OMASA is to represent, promote and protect the professional interests of Orientation and Mobility Practitioners in South Africa. It also takes an active role in establishing and maintaining high professional standards in mobility instruction and delivery in South Africa. This includes encouraging continuing professional development and disseminating information on new ideas and the latest developments in the field.
How OMASA has supported its members over recent years
2023 - HPCSA Application Gazetted
Under the leadership of Moira Higgerty, the association has been the key instigator in developing the professional recognition of Orientation and Mobility Practitioners in South Africa. The application for registration under the Health Professional Council of South Africa is currently in process and is at the final step before becoming a reality.
2022 - OMASA Mini Conference
Practitioners from all around the country gathered for a two-day conference in Worcester, South Africa. People from various professions within the field of visual impairment presented, aiming to support the professional development of O&M practitioners and encourage networking opportunities.
The tradition of a regular newsletter has continued since the organisation’s inception. Members receive a published and circulated newsletter, keeping them informed of updates in the field, including changes to the profession, new technology advancements, and links to ongoing training opportunities.
The Association Biennial General Meeting allows for ongoing connection and sharing across the profession as full members come together for a conference that includes informative talks and opportunity to raise questions or discuss new ideas for the profession and association as a whole
Who Can Join
Although the association aims to service Orientation and Mobility practitioners working in South Africa, membership is also open to International members who wish to join, as well as any person interested in or associated with mobility for people with visual impairments or services allied to this field.
There are currently five membership options.
Full Membership R300/per annum
Open to anyone with an Orientation and Mobility practitioner qualification (from an institution recognised by the association
Organisational Membership R600/per annum
Open to any organisation that supports the objectives of the organisation
Association Membership R150/per annum
Open to anyone involved in allied services to this field or anyone with a special interest in mobility for people with visual impairments
Student Membership R50/per annum
Open to students of fields related to mobility for visually impaired people or allied to this field
Overseas Membership R300/per annum
Open to anyone with an Orientation and Mobility practitioner qualification residing in countries outside of South Africa