COSB is an organization whose membership includes representatives from schools and agencies that serve students who are blind and visually impaired. We gather annually at the COSB Leadership Institute, where exciting and thought-provoking discussions lead to planning and implementation of major innovations in the design and delivery of promising management and educational practices. Many of the best and the brightest from throughout the field of Blindness and Visual Impairments, as well as from government, advocacy, legal and other related areas, are invited to the Leadership Conference to help guide and inform the membership on many of the most complex issues of the day, and to seek opportunities for collaboration.



The most valuable benefit of COSB membership is belonging to a professional learning community comprised of some of the field’s finest leaders. COSB membership gives you direct access to a network of youth program professionals and school administrators who have a record of exemplary practice and are eager to share their expertise on all of the important issues critical to serving blind and visually impaired youth: school management, program curriculum and instruction, and advocacy for all individuals with blindness and visual impairments.

COSB members also receive the updated monthly e-publication, Howe’s Now, and access to informational quarterly webinars. Both feature the many exemplary programs and best practices at COSB schools and agencies, and serve a forum for some of the best in the field to discuss a wide range of challenges and opportunities that face all of us who are committed to the success of students with visual impairments and blindness.


Membership Levels

COSB now offers both a full Institutional Membership for schools and agencies with multiple management professionals who may benefit, and an Associate Membership for individual professionals who manage programs for blind and visually impaired youth.

Membership is open to any school, agency, or service organization that serves youth who are blind or visually impaired.

The Full Institutional Membership:

  • Access to all programs and services for all relevant professionals within a member school/agency
  • Voting rights for top member school or agency leader
  • Opportunities to showcase your organization on the COSB website
  • Access to post job vacancies in the COSB careers portal
  • Cost is $1,000 per year for a school/agency

The Associate Membership:

  • Benefits are applicable for one individual only
  • Does not include rights to vote on official COSB business
  • Cost is $500 per individual per year

Both memberships include:

  • Members-only attendance to the annual COSB Leadership Institute
  • Subscription to the newly updated e-publication Howe’s Now
  • Access to quarterly informational webinars on timely topics within the field
  • Access to lobbying expertise to help you with political advocacy
  • Regional and national networking sessions with other COSB members
  • Opportunities to showcase your organization on the COSB website

List of COSB members.