Orientation & Mobility

A mobility training instructor practices walking with a white cane to a young boy who is blind

About

Orientation and mobility training helps clients who are blind or visually impaired develop skills and techniques for safe, effective and efficient travel. Specialists work one-on-one with clients to make sense of their surrounding by enhancing environmental, bodily and spatial awareness. Clients also learn techniques to utilize remaining vision in conjunction with auditory, olfactory and kinesthetic senses to experience the world more in a more meaningful way.

Clients receive training on various tools for independence, including white canes, dog guides and electronic travel aids. We offer orientation and mobility services to people of all ages in the Chicagoland area, including those who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids, as well as those who are are deaf-blind or Spanish-speaking.

Environmental Learning

Orientation and mobility specialists can facilitate lessons in nearly any environment where a client wishes to travel more independently. Common environments for training include the workplace, a university campus, routes to school, grocery stores, banks and neighborhoods. Lessons are taught indoors, outdoors, in a variety of weather conditions, during the day and at night.

Benefits & Outcomes

While outcomes of orientation and mobility training vary based on each participant’s abilities and goals, common benefits include:

  • Enhanced confidence traveling in both familiar and unfamiliar environments
  • Ability to utilize public transit independently
  • Ability to safely cross streets and intersections
  • Learning essential long cane skills necessary to apply to a dog guide school
  • Improved understanding of orientation in relation to the environment
  • Problem-solving skills that are transferable in a variety of environments

For more information, please contact:

Greg Polman
Senior Vice President, Public Policy
(312) 997-3673
Email Greg