Orientation and Mobility
It’s never too late or too early to seek help and training from Guide Dogs Queensland.
Each person is assessed for services and support programs that best suit their lifestyle and skill level. Whether a person’s vision impairment is the result of a congenital or inherited condition, age, stroke or other illness or condition, we are available to teach the skills they require to maintain independence.
From the start, a long-term commitment is established with assistance and training available for as long and as often as the person may need.
Our Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Instructors work closely with each client building up their confidence, taking into account their strengths, abilities and individual learning styles.
What is Orientation and Mobility?
Orientation is the process of using one’s senses to establish and maintain your position and relationship to all other significant objects in your surroundings or environment.
Mobility is the process of moving from one point to another – safely and efficiently.
Orientation training helps develop knowledge of traffic flow, street and shop, layouts and communication.
Orientation and Mobility training helps you develop knowledge, skills and strategies to safely move through environments such as busy traffic crossings, streets and shop layouts. It also teaches you how to communicate effectively and with confidence in case you need to request or decline help.
The training helps to develop your sensory abilities such as hearing, touch and where possible any residual vision. Training will often involve the use of specific aids, such as the Long Cane, Support Cane or the latest in Electronic Travel Aids such as the Miniguide, GPS Trekker, GPS Trekker Breeze or UltraCane.