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VOLUME 5 , ISSUE 1 (April 2012) - List of articles
Desirée Gallimore, Ph.D./ Mike Steer, Ph.D.
Maryanne Diamond, B.Sc., Grad. Dip (IT)
The World Blind Union (WBU) is an international not-for-profit organisation, representing people who are blind or partially sighted worldwide. The WBU is recognised as the international voice of persons who are blind or partially sighted speaking on their behalf at the United Nations, UN agencies and other international organisations. Its mission is achieved with and through its members – organisations of persons who are blind and partially sighted and organisations providing services to persons(..)
Dona Sauerburger, MA., COMS./ Eugene Bourquin, DHA., COMS., CI.&CT., CLVT./ Jomania Sauerburger
People with disabilities and their advocates have sometimes requested that special warning signage be posted in areas to help make street crossings safer. Related research has found these signs ineffective but they continue to be installed. The current research examined whether or not posted signage indicating the presence of people who are deaf-blind would cause drivers to yield more frequently for pedestrians with a mobility cane. The results can inform O&M practices and professionals working (..)
Michael Munro, M. Ed., TVI/ Barry H. Stafford, M.Ed., COMS
Increased distances between instructor and trainee during orientation and mobility (O&M) training is purported to be associated with improved outcomes of heightened independence, self-efficacy, and preparation for real-world experience as a traveller. However, there is currently no research that identifies standard or optimal instructor-trainee distances or effective strategies to increase distances that enhance training outcomes. This exploratory, qualitative study compared the distance between(..)
Fabiana Perla, Ed.D., COMS.
There is a growing body of literature (Ashcroft, 1987; Kohn, 1993; O’Neal & Calabrese Barton, 2005; Rainer & Matthews, 2002; Wood, 2003; World Health Organization, 2010) that encourages age-appropriate choice and control as a way to develop student ownership in a variety of educational areas. However, exactly what student ownership is and how it manifests in the context of orientation and mobility (O&M) services appear to be more elusive concepts. This article is an attempt to advance our unders(..)
Inger C. Berndtsson, Ph.D./ Leif Sunneson, B.A.
It is well known that echolocation makes it possible for a person who is blind to get to know their surroundings and that it strengthens an individual’s ability to move independently. In order to learn echolocation skills as a newly blind or vision impaired individual, the orientation and mobility (O&M) specialist needs to become well acquainted with these techniques. However, based on the authors’ own experiences as professionals and researcher in the field of vision rehabilitation it is antici(..)
Karyn Willins, B.A.
A description of a long cane handle adaptation that reduced the jarring movement experienced when contacting an object. Initially designed to allow a woman with arthritis and tendonitis to use her cane, this ‘Willins’ cane has also been used by those moving over uneven ground as well as individuals simply wishing for smoother cane travel. Instructions are provided to create the cane handle.
Ying Wah Wan, B.Phil., M.Spec.Ed., Grad. Dip.
Australia is a multicultural country with a large number of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who require orientation and mobility (O&M) services. Guide Dogs NSW/ACT receives a majority of CALD referrals for people with vision impairment from Chinese backgrounds. To enable clients from CALD backgrounds achieve mobility goals that complement their lifestyle, it is necessary that O&M providers foster culturally competent perspectives to enhance and promote (..)
Claire L. Hogan, B.A., Dip.Ed., Grad. Cert. O&M, M. Sc.
Client resistance in using the white cane is discussed. Fears about stigma and embarrassment are expressed by clients as the main barrier to using mobility aids. Assertiveness training is proposed as a means of reducing that resistance.
Kim T. Zebehazy, Ph.D., COMS, CLVT, TSVI.
Rachel Morgan, B.A., Grad. Dip. O&M, M. Teaching (Primary), Dip. Management
Ray Joyce, Cert. Guide Dog Training, Dip. O&M