A Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist assists students with visual impairments to acquire specific skills, concepts and techniques that will enable them to travel safely and efficiently through a variety of environments, conditions and situations.† Services are provided by the SWCEC to students in member and non-member districts with vision impairments.† Individualized instruction is provided, relative to the studentís impairment.† Orientation and Mobility training may include instruction in areas on concept development, which includes body image, spatial, positional, directional, environmental concepts, motor development, including motor skills needed for balance, posture, and gait, as well as the use of adaptive devices, sensory development, use of landmarks and many more techniques specific to each student. Orientation and Mobility training helps to promote independence for students with visual impairments and it provides them with strategies to improve their safety.
The SWCEC Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist is certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals.†† The Orientation and Mobility Specialist services include comprehensive evaluation, direct service and consultation services, environmental assessment, and in-service training to school staff.
The Orientation and Mobility Specialist will collaborate with the school, use audiology reports, and work with the parents and student to develop safe mobility, independence and create direct access to the curriculum for the student.†† †††††
To request an Orientation and Mobility Evaluation or Services, click the link below, download the Referral Packet, collect the request information and mail or fax the information to the SWCEC.
- Orientation and Mobility Referral Packet
- Educating Blind and Visually Impaired Students; Policy Guidance