Orientation & Mobility
"Thank you for the wonderful care and attention. The team were absolutely marvellous and the practical advice became part of an everyday coping strategy for my husband." - Margaret Riorden, wife of Vision Services Client
Help with daily life
Our highly skilled, university qualified Orientation and Mobility Instructors teach people who are blind or have a vision impairment, to move around their environment safely and with confidence.
They work on a one-to-one basis, providing assessments and training with:
- safety in the home
- avoiding objects or hazards
- managing steps, stairs, railway platforms and other changes in elevation
- increasing confidence in travelling independently
- learning how to orientate self in both familiar and unfamiliar environments
- crossing roads with or without traffic controls
- using public transport
- travelling at night or in poor lighting conditions
- use of mobility aides and electronic travel devices
- accessibility audits of physical environments, i.e. pedestrian road crossings, facilities, public premises, public transport and infrastructure.
Advice can also be given in relationship to meeting the Disability Act (DDA) accessibility requirements.
Staff customise programs to suit each client's individual situation and goals. Assessment and training are usually provided in the client's home, work or hospital and the environment to which they are travelling.
Types of programs
Cane Training - there are several types of canes available for individual needs, including the long cane, white identification cane and support cane. Cane training will often occur as part of a wider mobility program.
Low Vision Training - not all clients require a white cane, however they can be taught techniques to maximize the use of their residual vision.
Electronic Travel Devices - these can be used to enhance independent travel, notifying of obstacles, landmarks and potential hazards. GPS devices can assist with orientation.
Guide Dog Training - some clients may choose to consider using a guide dog as their main mobility aid. Orientation and mobility training can help develop the base skills necessary for independent travel and assist with the referral process.
Apply for our Vision Services
To apply for services or to find out more follow the link to our online referral form or call us on Your Support Line 1800 757 738.