Question

What is orientation and mobility training? How can it benefit someone with visual impairment? How can it benefit someone who is Deaf-blind?

Answer

Orientation and mobility training teaches persons with visual impairments how to safely and independently move about their environment. Orientation (knowing where you are and where you want to go) and mobility (knowing how to complete a plan to get where you want to go) is an important concept for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or Deaf-blind to learn. Orientation and mobility training will teach a person with visual impairment or an individual who is Deaf-blind to employ travel techniques so that they can travel safely alone or with another person.

 

For additional information see Web Field Trip 1

Foundations of Developmentally Appropriate Orientation and Mobility, Session 1” provided by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- Early Intervention Training Center for Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairments: FPG Child Development Institute, 2004 at: http://www.powershow.com/view1/1773c4-ZDc1Z/Foundations_of_Developmentally_Appropriate_Orientation_and_Mobility_Session_1_powerpoint_ppt_presentation

“Orientation and Mobility: The Way to Go,” by Carolina Martinez, O & M Specialist, TSBVI with help from Kate Moss, Family Support Specialist, TSVBI, Texas Deaf-Blind Outreach at: http://www.tsbvi.edu/seehear/fall98/waytogo.htm)

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