Overview of Orientation and Mobility

 
These sites explain the techniques, general importance, and necessity of Orientation and Mobility training for people who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Texas School for the Blind and VIsually Impaired
In your education of (and advocacy for) others, you may find these talking points helpful for getting the message across that orientation and mobility are important lifelong learning processes. This link presents both English and Spanish text.
 
VisionAware
What is Orientation and Mobility (O&M)? VisionAware provides this overview of the concepts and the professionals who provide this training.
 
Board of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB)
This overview of O&M services includes information about sighted-guide techniques, white canes, and a list of Do's and Don'ts.
 
O&MSRS is a tool for assessing a students needs and abilities, and designing an appropriate O&M program. The O&MSRS+ is for students with additional disabilities.
 
CNIB
This series of videos provides information on how to use the “sighted guide technique” to guide someone with vision loss while working, as well as how to offer assistance in various situations.  Videos include: Step 1: Introduction to Sighted Guide; Step 2: Basic Sighted Guide Techniques; Step 3: Going Through Doors; Step 4: Seating; Step-by-Step: Other Useful Guiding Tips; Step-by-Step: Safety; Step-by-Step: Additional Guiding Tips.
 

Designing for Accessibility and Barrier-Free Travel

Designers, architects, and traffic engineers will find information on designing environments that are safe and accessible to people with blindness or visual impairments.
 
World Access for the Blind
Dan Kish is the first certified blind Orientation & Mobility Specialist in the world. Read his theories on echolocation along with collection of media and autobiographical pieces about or featuring Daniel and his work with clients and partners
 
U.S. Access Board Resources
This site includes links to a number of documents on the topic of designing accessible environments, including Addressing Barriers to Blind Pedestrians at Signalized Intersections.
 

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