Orientation and Mobility Posts

Teaching echolocation skills: O&M activities

Pixar's popular movie, Finding Dory, has lovable characters that include Destiny, a whale shark who has a visual impairment and Bailey, a beluga whale who thinks that there is something wrong with...
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BlindSquare Navigation App: Video

BlindSquare is a popular navigation app for users who are visually impaired and blind.  With a wide variety of features, some users feel overwhelmed the first time using BlindSquare.  Aaron...

Steps for Riding a Bus

Visually impaired travelers have several options for transportation in urban and some rural areas.  In an earlier post, tips for taking Uber were provided.  Below, we will look at some...
Screenshot of the Aware App's Home screen with buttons for:  Take me to, Map, Directory, Venues, Manual Directions, and Help

Aware App Review: Indoor Wayfinding app

The Aware App by Sensible Innovations provided a demonstration at the 2017 ADA Symposium in Colorado.  Using iBeacons to relay the information to the user's smart phone, an O&M instructor...
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Technology and Mobility in the 21st Century

A technology enthusiast, Robin Christopherson writes blogs about technology and how this technology can empower people with vision loss. O&M Hint:  Be sure to check out the Part One post....
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Smart Paint Crosswalks for Visually Impaired

The Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind is working closesly with the city of Tampa to help travelers with visual impairments navigate safe street crossings.  This pilot phase will install 'smart...

Adapting iBooks for Children with Multiple Disabilities: Book Creator App

Recently I wanted to begin creating my own iBooks for some of my students with multiple disabilities who also had good use of their functional vision.  I decided to use the Book Creator app...

How does a blind person cross a street?

As a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), I am often asked how blind students cross the street.  In her blog, Arielle does a wonderful job of describing how she listens to...

Road Rally: O&M navigation activity

Visually impaired navigators provide directions for sighted drivers during this unique car rally. A Road Rally might include navigating to areas within your city or community, such as a fire...

Easter Egg Hunt: O&M Orientation Lesson

Here is a fun orientation game for younger O&M students! Preschool and/or kindergarten students should know the routes around his/her school.  This game can be modified for a local business...

Easter Egg Hunt for students with visual impairments

There are several different types of commercial Easter Eggs that enable students with visual impairments to join in the fun. Beeping Eggs Traditional beeping eggs are large plastic eggs that are...

O&M: How to Use Uber (Checklist)

Transportation options for individuals with visual impairments have improved drastically from years ago.  Thankfully, with the improvement of smart phones and apps, travelers can use technology...
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...

Blindfold Bowling: iOS spatial concepts app

Spatial concepts are challenging - and critical - for students who are blind.  They are challenging, as most sighted students glean spatial information by simply glancing at a room, a map, a...
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Nearby Explorer: GPS app

Nearby Explorer is a full featured iOS and Android GPS app designed by APH for users who are blind.  Instead of just providing directions, it describes the environment in ways comparable to...

College Preparedness Series #6: How to Pick Housing

Welcome! In this series, I will discuss how to start the semester off right, with all of the tools and tricks I have learned. Topics covered will include scheduling, navigation, textbooks, and more....
iBeacos provide audible information: "Main Street Station Bus Stop" and "Main Street Escalator Entrance" as pedestrian travels.

iBeacons: Next Gen O&M Tool

Tech savvy Orientation and Mobility instructors and students are familiar with using GPS apps for navigating sidewalks and streets.  The latest O&M related-tech projects are focusing on...

AmazonFresh Review: Grocery Delivery

I was overjoyed to discover last semester that AmazonFresh expanded their service area and was now available in Washington DC/Northern Virginia. I've been able to keep healthy snacks and frozen food...
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NAGDU App: Guide & Service Dog Advocacy & Information

The National Association of Guide Dog Users has created the NAGDU app to provide general information about the state and federal laws that protect the civil rights of disabled individuals who use...
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GoGoGrandparent: transportation option

GoGoGrandparent is a type of public transportation, similar to Uber/Lyft except that it is a phone call (not an app) and it is geared for senior citizens. GoGoGrandparents turns on demand...

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