This month we are focusing on education, and today we continue our series on professionals who educate children with visual impairments. Our specialty today is the Orientation and Mobility (O&M) professional.
First, let's talk about what Orientation and Mobility means. These two words encompass the entire set of skills needed to navigate and transport safely. How do you know where you are without vision? How do you access public transportation? How do you cross the street safely? How can you find your way around a new environment?
You can understand now how important O&M instruction is to children with visual impairments! Whether they learn to travel with a white cane, or with a guide dog, or a sighted guide, there are many techniques they need to learn.
For more on O&M instruction, and also all the other professionals we'll be talking about this month, look at this article from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.