Orientation and Mobility
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NARRATOR 1: A man using a cane climbs steps at a shopping center.
NARRATOR 2: For those experiencing vision loss, the world may seem like one big locked door. It can be frustrating getting around both in and out of the house. Working with a trained orientation and mobility specialist can be the key to reentering the world. These trained professionals teach independent travel skills which are always geared towards a person’s individual needs. There are techniques for working with or being a sighted guide, walking with a cane, methods to taking advantage of public transportation and self-protective techniques when entering a new environment. Walking through a doorway, for example, can present hazards not experienced by those who are sighted. Notice how this man with low vision holds his arm out away from his body like a shield, while a person who uses a cane has a very different, but equally safe, approach.
NARRATOR 1: A man wearing a cowboy hat crosses the street while using a cane.
NARRATOR 2: Here’s an example of someone listening to the direction of traffic before he crosses the street.
NARRATOR 1: Another man approaches a busy crosswalk.
NARRATOR 2: Orientation and mobility specialists also teach people how to use sound cues and their remaining vision to travel around safely and efficiently.
NARRATOR 1: The man presses the button for the traffic signal.
NARRATOR 2: And there are other methods, too, including using an audible traffic signal. Receiving professional training can lead you back to the road of independence.