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Vision Rehabilitation International

Former title: International Journal of Orientation & Mobility

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

Subject: Health Care Sciences & Services , Medicine , Rehabilitation


eISSN: 2652-3647



The ROAM Project Part 1: Exploring new frontiers in video conferencing to expand the delivery of remote O&M services in regional Western Australia

VOLUME 5 , ISSUE 1 (April 2012) - List of articles


Desirée Gallimore, Ph.D./ Mike Steer, Ph.D.

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-001

Orientation and Mobility Challenges Around the World

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(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-002

The Effectiveness of Deaf-Blind Pedestrians Warning Signage on Drivers’ Behaviour

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 (..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-003

Transforming Training in Orientation and Mobility: Examining the Effect Using an Audio-Link on the Distance Between Trainer and Trainee

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(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-004

Whose Learning is it? Fostering Student Ownership in Orientation & Mobility

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(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-005

Introducing Echolocation into O&M University Courses for Professionals

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(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-006

The Spring Loaded “Willins” Cane

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.  

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-007

Providing Orientation and Mobility Services to People from Chinese Backgrounds in Sydney, Australia

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 (..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-008

Stigma, Embarrassment and the Use of Mobility Aids

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.  

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-009

The Multisensory Handbook: A Guide for Children and Adults with Sensory Learning Disabilities

Kim T. Zebehazy, Ph.D., COMS, CLVT, TSVI.

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-010

The Multisensory Handbook: A Guide for Children and Adults with Sensory Learning Disabilities

Rachel Morgan, B.A., Grad. Dip. O&M, M. Teaching (Primary), Dip. Management

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-011

Blind Courage: Reflections of a Guide Dog Instructor in England, Australia, and New Zealand

Ray Joyce, Cert. Guide Dog Training, Dip. O&M

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2012-012

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