Orientation and Mobility Resources

These sites explain the techniques, general importance, and necessity of Orientation and Mobility (O&M) training for people who are blind or visually impaired. The resources here cover the importance of O&M training, services and resources, specific skills, and how to assist someone who is blind or visually impaired if they need help.

Tips for hospital personnel caring for people who are blind or visually impaired; includes suggestions for communication, guiding, and orienting the person to the room.

Source: Blindskills, Inc

This site offers tips, suggestions, and practical advice from experienced travelers who have traveled internationally with their guide dogs.

Source: Mobility International USA

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.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

This article explains upper and lower protective techniques, trailing, and orienting oneself indoors and outdoors.

Source: VisionAware

Frequently asked questions about walking with long canes.

Source: VisionAware

Using a sighted guide; includes tips and an online video.

Source: VisionAware

Certified O&M Specialist James Scott Crawford discusses training techniques in this video webcast. Topics include navigating doorways, street crossings, transportation modes, and more.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Tourists to urban destinations may find these brief videos about bus travel helpful, especially if you are not experienced in public transportation travel.

Source: Washington State School for the Blind

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