ORIENTATION & MOBILITY SERVICES
Orientation and Mobility (O&M) helps children with visual impairments develop and master the concepts and skills necessary to be able to travel safely and efficiently within their environment. Orientation means knowing where you are, where you are going and how to get there. Students learn environmental and spatial concepts, use of landmarks and clues, room numbering patterns, address systems and cardinal directions. Mobility may involve learning to use a long cane, protective techniques, sighted guide or a telescope. O&M is a related service provided to students from birth through 21 years of age. It provides real experiences in their home, school and community that may not occur naturally for children with visual impairments.