Resources for O & M Specialists

These sites are aimed at Orientation and Mobility Specialists, offering information, discussions, techniques and links to professional organizations and certification requirements.
 
 

Resources

 
In addition to spotlighting her certifications and experiences, Sauerburger's website contains numerous resources and strategies of interest to Orientation and Mobility practitioners.
 
This peer-reviewed journal that explores issues and contributes new knowledge to the field of Orientation & Mobility (O&M) (including Guide Dog Mobility).
 
Michigan Department Of Education
There may be many reasons why an O&M Specialist and a rehabilitation team requires a granular list of skill goals. The State of Michigan's  MDE-LIO Orientation and Mobility Task Force shares their "goal bank" worksheets which can be downloaded here.
 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Among the blog sites on TASBVI.edu you'll find "Orientation and Mobility in Texas," presenting topics of interest to O&M specialists, with special emphasis on Texas-based stories.  Bookmark this and check in often.
 
Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP)
This site provides information regarding the certification requirements for Orientation and Mobility Specialists.
 
Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) 
The website of AER's Orientation and Mobility Division contains information about the skills and responsibilities of Orientation and Mobility Specialists, a listing of training programs, and information about current issues in the field, such as environmental access.
 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Newly updated in 2012, the 4-part TAPS curriculum can be purchased through TSBVI on their website, linked above.  Comprehensive Initial and Ongoing Evaluation is sold separately.
 
This site offers information on teaching orientation and mobility, including assessment and curriculum development.
 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
This 1-sheet offers some simple ways of thinking about sensory landmarks to help reinforce orientation with children. Adapted from Understanding Deafblindness: Issues, Perspectives, and Strategies Vol 2, Orientation and Mobility for Infants and Young Children
 

Online Training

University of Massachusetts Boston (umb.edu)
NERCVE offers online training in O&M, including  courses in Physical and Functional Aspects of O&M, O&M Assessment, Implications of Low Vision, and Psycho-social Aspects of Visual Impairments.
 
Certification in O&M or TVI is available through Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University for residents across Texas.  Coursework blends distance learning technology with face-to-face campus activities.
 

Orientation and Mobility Products

These links feature sources and vendors for purchasing orientation and mobility products such as white canes, GPS and directional devices, and travel aids.
 
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
This free bi-monthly electronic journal reviews and critiques assistive technology products for people who are blind or visually impaired. The archives are searchable and downloadable.
 
BackTPack 
This saddlebag style packpack is designed for ease-of-use and back health.  Two side bags allow you hands-free mobility and distribute the weight off your shoulders.
 
National Federation for the Blind (NFB)
Independence Market is an online resource for products such as canes and directional devices that are available through the National Federation of the Blind.
 

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