October is Orientation & Mobility Month!
Losing your vision can be disorienting. Braille Institute’s trained Orientation & Mobility specialists are here to help you find your way around again for a new normal that keeps you active.
In fact, we’ve helped thousands of people, of all ages, develop the techniques needed for effective orientation — the ability to identify surroundings — and mobility — the ability to get from one location to another safely.
We’ll work with you one-on-one so that you can be on the road again either alone, using a white cane, or with a guide dog. We also work with your caregiver to best support them as a human guide.
Techniques we can help teach you, and your guide:
- Grasp & Pace: Following or instructing a human guide, and ways to achieve balance;
- Doors: Approaching and passing through doors and narrow spaces with control and confidence;
- Seating: Taking a seat at home, on a bus, in a restaurant, and more places;
- Stairs: Remaining a step-ahead for traversing up and down stairways.
Verbal communication is also key to getting from here to there.
Let us help you navigate your kitchen, or your trip to the beach. Call 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553) to make a free appointment with our Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialist who will be able to assess your vision abilities and set you in the right direction to maintaining your independence.
Click to read this story about one of our Orientation & Mobility Specialists, Keema Mc Clung.
Learn more about White Cane Day, here.
Contact the Braille Institute Center nearest you and ask about Orientation & Mobility, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
You can also call us toll-free at 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553) Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST).