Our Services

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About Orientation & Mobility (O&M)

What is Orientation? Understanding where you are in time and space.
What is Mobility? Being able to walk/move between different points.

What is an Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Specialist?

  • Specialise in working with people who are blind or have low vision. 
  • Work with individuals to maintain their independence within the home and community (travel to and within a work place, local shops, city, education and aged care facilities, etc), to cross roads safely and use public transport.
  • May train individuals to use a suitable primary mobility aid (e.g. the long white cane), to ensure they are able to navigate the path they travel, without colliding into obstacles or falling down slopes/gutters/stairs.
  • May train individuals to use suitable secondary mobility aids (e.g. apps, GPS devices, etc) to enhance their travel skills.

Orientation & Mobility – What We Do

Work with people of all ages who are blind or have low vision to remain safe and confident whilst accessing the community. Support individuals to achieve their goals by discussing and assessing their needs and current travel skills.

Together with the individual, devise and provide a program to meet their goals. This may include:

  • Training to use an appropriate primary mobility aid, e.g. long white cane, identification cane or support cane.
  • Planning and orientation to familiar and unfamiliar routes, including crossing roads safely, using public transport and smart phone apps. These routes may be in or near a person’s home or community (travel to and within a work place, local shops, city, education or aged care facilities, etc.).
  • Liaise and provide education/training to any and all who are important to the success of the program (e.g. case managers, family and friends, community groups, staff at aged care facilities, etc.).
  • Referral to other Health Professionals as required (e.g. Orthoptist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Falls and Balance Clinic, etc.).

Please contact us for more information.

Support Work – What We Do

Work with people of all ages with all abilities (primarily those who are blind or have low vision).

Support individuals to enjoy and experience taking part in everyday activities.  This may include (but not limited to):

  • Shopping, appointments, exercise, attend exhibitions, live shows, concerts, sporting events, etc.
  • Day trips or overnight stays (locally or interstate).
  • Something else of your choosing.

Please contact us for more information.