Orientation & Mobility

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) training teaches safe and effective travel skills and techniques to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  O&M training aids in fall prevention & independent/safe travel.

What is Orientation & Mobility?

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is a profession specific to blindness and low vision that teaches safe and effective travel skills to people of all ages. Orientation refers to the ability to know where you are & where you want to go. Mobility refers to the ability to move safely, efficiently, & effectively from one place to another.

A Certified Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialist teaches safe and effective travel skills and techniques to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. O&M training teaches independent travel skills and aids in safety/fall prevention.

How Can Orientation & Mobility Training Help?

Skills taught by an O&M Specialist include:

  • Using the senses to help you determine where you are and where you want to go
  • Using a white cane and other devices to walk safely, efficiently, and independently
  • Using optical devices and tactile maps to navigate the environment
  • Finding destinations using directions, landmarks, and compass directions
  • Techniques for crossing streets (analyzing & identifying intersections & traffic patterns)
  • Problem-solving skills to determine what to do when lost or disoriented
  • Using public transportation and transit systems
  • Learning routes of travel in and around your community
  • Home modifications to provide a safer environment
  • Teaching sighted guide techniques to family members, caregivers, and professionals

O&M Training Increases:

  • Independence
  • Mobility
  • Safety (less falls
  • Confidence
  • Awareness
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Socialization
  • Self-Esteem

For services or more informations please contact the O&M Program at (210) 533-5195 ext. 2801 or email rperez@salighthouse.org

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