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/Low Incidence Outreach
Downloadable worksheets and assessment tools for determining a student's O&M needs and goals.
 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
The blogs on this site explore topics of interest to O&M specialists, with special emphasis on Texas-based stories. Subscribe for free.
 
Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP)
This site provides information regarding the certification requirements for Orientation and Mobility Specialists. The Quick Links have information about the profession, its history, and ethics.
 
Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) 
This section of AER's website has information about the skills and responsibilities of O&M Specialists, a list of training programs, a job exchange, and information about current issues in the field, such as environmental access.
 
Doug Baldwin
O&M Specialist and innovator Doug Baldwin shares his expertise and wisdom in this eBook.
 

Online Training

University of Massachusetts Boston (umb.edu)
UMass Boston's 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 manuals, and products such as white canes, GPS and directional devices, and travel aids.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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