ORIENTATION & MOBILITY
“A body in motion stays in motion. Orientation and mobility training allows for individuals to know their space in relation to others and objects and how to safely navigate their environments.”
How an Orientation and Mobility Specialist Can Help You
Lighthouse of SWFL takes an individualized, client driven approach with all members who engage in services. The client’s wishes and goals drive the services offered. It is understood that people have different learning styles and may learn at a different pace. Lighthouse of SWFL offers individualized instruction and makes every effort to accommodate scheduling needs.
Orientation is the ability to understand the individual’s body position and location relative to other points in the environment: Where am I and which way am I facing? Where is that hallway and how does it relate to my destination? Where are the other people and potential obstacles?
Mobility is the safe and effective movement of the body through the environment: Now that I know where I am, how do I get to where I want to go without falling over things, running into objects or others and potentially hurting myself in the process?
Our Orientation and Mobility (O&M) specialist teaches individuals who are blind or those who are visually impaired to navigate their homes/school environments/work environments, walk on sidewalks, cross streets, take public transport, shop and much more. When individuals successfully complete O&M training they are confident in the use of their white cane and in their ability to maintain their independence.