Orientation and Mobility Posts

O&M Route Planning

As students with visual impairments begin to gain independence and look for more ways to travel, it is important to plan routes.  As O&M instructors, route planning sessions are key to...
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Virtual Reality and Cane Techniques

Microsoft has created a cane controller that is used in virtual reality (VR) environments. The player maneuvers a modified cane (attached to the VR cane controller) to explore the virtual environment...
4 people walking across a bridge over a city street; one person traveling with a dog guide and one person with a cane.

Accessible Wayfinding Field Testing

Dear Accessible Wayfinding enthusiasts in the Baltimore or Chicago area, We would like to invite you to participate in a test measuring the usability of an indoor wayfinding App prototype under...
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Google Maps: Bus and Train Stations

Smart phones are used for navigation purposes by everyone, including people who are visually impaired. Google Maps has some interesting bus and train transit features that are especially beneficial...
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ShopTalks: iBeacons making neighborhoods accessible

iBeacons are being deployed in various businesses and in large areas such as malls, airports and bus stations. The ShopTalks project is a community-wide iBeacon project to help travelers who are...

Blindfold Barnyard: Cardinal Directions Game

Some of you may have played Blindfold Barnyard.  It’s an easy game, where you drag your finger around on the screen until you find an animal, such as a goat, and then drag it to the fence where...

Google Maps Offline

As an O&M, it would be a dream for all of our community traveling students and clients to have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan.  In reality, many of our students are assigned a...
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Want more educational apps that are accessible? Blindfold Games

Blindfold Games are auditory-based games specifically created for students and adults who are visually impaired or blind. Many of these games are accessible, auditory versions of popular mainstream...
3 smiling O&Ms in rain gear learning to use the BlindSquare navigation app around the Perkins School for the Blind campus.

Sharing Secret Locations Lesson: BlindSquare Lesson Plan

This lesson was originally taught at the Perkins High-Tech O&M Workshop with Ed Summers and Diane Brauner.  The Lesson Plan post is written by Kristin Zottoli. Goals Learn how to...
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Cody's Favorite LOGOs iBook

Cody, a high school student with multiple disabilities due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), is learning to visually identify and name fast food signs in his community. Like many TBI students, Cody...
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Blinded Guide: an Accessible PC Game

Blind Bob wants to go for a walk around his busy neighborhood; however, there are all kinds of hazards along the way. Listen carefully to guide Bob around  poles, open manhole covers, trees, and...

Five Things that Surprised Me About the New Metro Cars

I go to college right outside of Washington, DC, and often find myself using the Metro subway system to travel around the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Recently, the Metro system received several...
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You're the Missing Piece: O&M Puzzle

During the AER International 2017 O&M Conference, Orientation and Mobility Specialists (O&Ms) gathered around Gina Schmid's poster board session to create the 'You're the Missing Piece!'...
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Riley's Transition to Middle School Video

Transitioning to a new school and tired of all those questions about blindness? Here is a fun way to educate teachers and peers! The goals for this video were to: Introduce Riley to students...

Fitbit Exercise Tracker - Accessibility and Usability Part 2

Why an Exercise Tracker? Is it just me or does anyone else have trouble getting motivated to go out and exercise?  Whew, glad I’m not the only one!  If you’re anything like me, you can...

How Do People with Low Vision . . . Open a Locker?

At my middle school, all of the lockers were equipped with combination locks built directly into the locker doors. While this was a great security feature, I was unable to see the numbers on the...
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What3Words: navigation information

  What3Words provides a precise and simple way to name and talk about a location.  Every 3m x 3m square in the world has its own three word address. Traditional addresses are...
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Path Guide: Indoor Navigation App

Path Guide is a recently-released Android app that takes a unique approach to providing step-by-step navigation information for indoor travel. Microsoft's research project, Path Guide, uses the '...

FitBit Exercise Tracker - Accessibility and Usability Part 1

I had a FitBit a few years ago until the band broke and I lost it (I swear it’s in my house somewhere...bet I’ll find it in five years somewhere stupid).  After about a year, it was clear the...

How Do People with Low Vision use the Bus System?

Like a lot of students, I didn't bring a car with me to college.  Unlike a lot of students, I didn't bring a car because I have low vision and use a blindness cane to travel around.  ...

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