What is this Course?
It is a comprehensive 12-class O&M training distance course using the Zoom Video Conference platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.
The course is divided into 12 two-hour lessons: two lessons per week over six weeks. The total instruction time for the course is 24 hours.
The 12 essential O&M lessons cover: The Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAPS; Human Guide; Protective Techniques; Long Cane Basics; Outdoor Travel; Street Crossing Sequence; Intersection Analysis; Public Transportation & Trip Planning; and Introduction to Electronic Travel Devices, GPS & Wayfinding Technologies.
The course is intended for Bay Area residents who are 55 yrs and older.
Who Would Benefit From this Course?
- Students who are blind or low vision who have little or no familiarity with O&M.
- Students with recent vision loss or vision change.
- Students who self-report that they have lost or have not used their O&M skills.
- Students who self-report that they are not confident using their learned O&M skills.
This Course is not intended for independent active travelers