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Orientation & Mobility

South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind offers life-changing rehabilitative services to both its employees and others in the community who are blind or visually impaired, including consumers of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Division for Blind Services (DARS-DBS). Our training provides students the opportunity to take classes locally and close to home so they do not have to go out of town to learn new skills. Orientation and Mobility (O&M) classes allow those who have a visual impairment to become more independent and explore the communities in which they live, work, and travel.

Orientation and Mobility Training (O&M) is the educational process that prepares an individual with little to no vision to travel safely and independently in familiar and unfamiliar environments. O&M training is an essential component of helping people who are blind or visually impaired to overcome barriers to independence by giving them the skills and confidence needed to do everyday tasks like traveling to and from work, school, the grocery store or anywhere they desire to go.


During training, O&M students learn the proper use of the long white cane for indoor and outdoor travel. This includes street crossing and the use of public transportation. Students also learn essential skills for social settings such as traveling in restaurants, shopping malls, grocery stores, and other high traffic and crowded areas.

Students participating in the O&M program develop more than just travel skills. Their self-esteem and confidence increase dramatically as they learn how to accomplish everyday tasks that once seemed impossible. As confidence grows, so too will the desire to try new things in vocational and social settings, and as a result, increase independence and add to their quality of life.

For more information about O&M training, please contact Lee Jones at 361.883.6553, extension 103 or drop him an e-mail at leej@stlb.net.


 


4421 Agnes Street Corpus Christi, TX. 78405 Phone: 361.883.6553
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