Orientation and mobility

What is Orientation and mobility (O&M)?

Simply put, O&M can be described as knowing where you are, knowing where you are going and how you are going to get there safely.

Orientation and Mobility refers to the skills and techniques required for independent travel for people who are blind or have low vision, including deafblindness.

Orientation refers to the ability to establish and maintain an awareness of ones positions in space. Mobility refers to the act of moving through space in a safe and efficient manner.

When the two are integrated, the result is purposeful and directed movement.

 

How can an Orientation and Mobility Specialist assist me?

Your Orientation and Mobility Specialist will conduct an individual assessment based on your current needs to maximise your independence and safety.

  • Learn new O&M skills
  • Maintain O&M skills
  • Build confidence, motivation and self esteem
  • Identify appropriate assistive technology
  • Advocate for improved community access
  • Work in collaboration with your other therapists or specialists
  • We work with and educate parents, families and other connections to help you feel more supported in your home, at school and in the community.

 

Who can access an Orientation and Mobility Specialist?

People who are blind or have low vision, including deafblindness.

All ages including early childhood, school aged, teenagers, adults and older adults.

 

Why choose a SensesWA Orientation and Mobility Specialist?

  • We will provide you with expert advice
  • We are flexible to your needs
  • We have unique training facilities both indoor and outdoors
  • We are observant, patient and reliable
  • We have a holistic therapy approach