Orientation and Mobility Skills

Image shows a logo representing Orientation and Mobility SkillsOrientation and mobility is the ability to navigate one’s environment safely and efficiently. Orientation and mobility (“O&M” for short) involves knowing where one is in relation to other objects and people in the environment (orientation) and then knowing how to get to the desired destination using mobility skills and devices (mobility).

Click on the logo on the right to go to our resources page for Orientation and Mobility Skills. 

Earlier this fall, PRCVI added LEGO kits that are connected with accessible digital online instructions to its library. These kits have been a popular item for teachers to request on loan, and in working with teachers and students as they use these kits, we've been thinking of all the areas of the ECC that could be supported through this activity. The first step in using the L ...

The PRCVI outreach team attended the Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference in Seattle, WA from November 14-16, 2019. We've prepared an overview of the sessions we attended along with links to presentation notes and resources. Turning on Touch Thinking: From Tactile Discrimination to Braille Letter Identification This presentation by Donna McNear focused on teaching tactil ...

Our friends at the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority recently shared with us a document that APSEA O&M Specialists and TSVIs use to determine which O&M skills are taught by the TSVI in collaboration with the O&M Specialist (Teaching Categories), which are taught by the O&M Specialist but reinforced by the TSVI (Reinforcing Categories), and which are ...

In BC, we are lucky to be surrounded by a rich abundance of nature that provides many opportunities for scientific exploration. Students with visual impairments can flourish in science curriculum when it is designed with accessibility and meaningfulness in mind. Students had an opportunity to take advantage of this direct access to the natural environment when they attended th ...

The PRCVI outreach team is celebrating White Cane Week out in the Kootenays! White Cane Week is a national awareness campaign held in the first full week of February each year intended to raise awareness around the issues facing adults with vision loss in Canada. Promoted each year by the Canadian Council of the Blind with events across the country, White Cane Week is an oppo ...

On Friday afternoon Steve Barclay from Canadian Assistive Technology presented to our O&M Sharing Session on the new Victor Reader Trek from HumanWare. We've created a page on the PRCVI site with all of the resources, links, and handouts from that day. This page not only includes Steve's presentation about the Trek, but also all the fantastic resources shared by O&M spe ...

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