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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

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eISSN: 2652-3647

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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 7 , ISSUE 1 (November 2015) - List of articles

Editorial

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-051

The Applicability of the Difficulty with Mobility Questionnaire (DMQ) as an Outcome Measure for Dog Guide Instruction

Steve La Grow, Ed.D./ Andy Towers, Ph.D./ Dae Kim, Ph.D./ Rod Haneline, M.A.

This study sought to assess the reliability, validity, and sensitivity of the Difficulty with Mobility Questionnaire (DMQ) to determine its applicability as an outcome measure for dog guide instruction. Forty-nine trainees receiving dog guide instruction from Leader Dogs for the Blind participated in this study. All rated their overall ability to get around (AGA) and the difficulty they experienced with 16 separate mobility related behaviours (DMQ-16) before and after training. The DMQ-16 was fo(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-052

Feasibility and acceptability of orientation and mobility instructors delivering the LiFE falls prevention program to older people with vision impairment.

Lisa Keay, Ph.D., MPH/ Freya Saich, B.Health/ Lindy Clemson, Ph.D./ Lisa Middlemiss, B.PhysEd/Health Ed., M.Spec.Ed./ Jacqueline Johnson, B.A., GradDip.Ed., M.Spec.Ed./ Haley Tumanik, M.Spec.Ed./ Jessica Taylor, B.Sc., M.Spec.Ed./ Joanne Munro, B.AppSc (Physio), M.Hlth Sci (Edu)/ Ewa Borkowski, M.Spec.Ed./ Frances Tinsley, DipOT, DipBusiness, M.Sc.

Older people with vision impairment are at an increased risk of falls. Though exercise-based intervention can reduce falls in the general population, this strategy has not been successful among people with vision impairment. We evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of the LiFE program, a home-based fall prevention program, for people aged over 50 with vision impairment (n=16). The program was successfully delivered by orientation and mobility instructors to clients of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, a(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-053

Teaching Orientation and Mobility Skills to Students with Autism and Vision Impairment in Public Schools: A Data-Based Study

Devender R. Banda, Ph.D., BCBA-D/ Phoebe A. Okungu, Ph.D./ Nora Griffin-Shirley, Ph.D./ Melanie K. Meeks, Ph.D./ Olaya Landa-Vialard, Ph.D.

Two students with autism, vision impairment, and intellectual disability participated in an orientation and mobility (O&M) intervention to travel in school settings using their folding canes. A multiple-baseline across participants design to determine the effectiveness of the intervention was used. The dependent variable was time taken to travel the specified route. The independent variable was O&M training. Results indicated that both participants took less time to travel during the interventio(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-054

Student Portfolios in O&M: A window into the child’s learning experience

Fabiana Perla, Ed.D. COMS, CLVT/ Jamie Maffit, M.S., COMS, CLVT

Two students with autism, vision impairment, and intellectual disability participated in an orientation and mobility (O&M) intervention to travel in school settings using their folding canes. A multiple-baseline across participants design to determine the effectiveness of the intervention was used. The dependent variable was time taken to travel the specified route. The independent variable was O&M training. Results indicated that both participants took less time to travel during the interventio(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-055

Using Music and Applied Behaviour Analysis to Introduce an Adaptive Mobility Device to a Student with Multiple Disabilities: A Case Study

Vicki M. DePountis, Ed.D., TVI, COMS/ L. Kathleen Sheriff, Ed.D.

Introducing an adapted mobility device (AMD) to a child with multiple disabilities can be especially challenging. In this descriptive case study, an AMD is introduced to a six year old boy with congenital blindness, speech impairment, and an intellectual disability. Observational data were collected via A-B-C documentation resulting in a strategic intervention design plan to improve grasping and independent travelling skills. Over the course of 16 weeks, data indicated that Joey (pseudonym) met (..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-056

iPhone video link FaceTime as an orientation tool: Remote O&M for people with vision impairment

Nicole Holmes, B.A. (Soc/Psych)., M.Spec.Ed/ Kelly Prentice, B.A. (SocScPsych)/Teaching(Prim), M.Spec.Ed

Two case study participants investigated the effectiveness of the Application “FaceTime” as an O&M tool via the Apple iPhone. The participants included a traveller (blind) who is an experienced long cane and guide dog user; and a qualified O&M instructor. The traveller and instructor tested FaceTime in five varying scenarios including shop identification, product identification in a supermarket, identification of buses at a transport interchange, orientation while free walking in residential str(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-057

Providing Travel Instruction to Individuals with Disabilities Other Than Blindness: A Practitioner’s Perspective

Bonnie Dodson-Burk, B.S., M.A. COMS./ Lydia Peterson, B.S., M.S., COMS./ Susan Olsson, M.A., COMS

Some Orientation &Mobility (O&M) specialists provide instruction to individuals with disabilities other than blindness and vision impairment. In the US, this practice is referred to as travel instruction (TI). Through decades of providing TI, the authors have learned basic principles for success. This practice report addresses the definition of travel instruction, the essential components of a TI program, and two brief case studies. Advantages and opposition to O&M specialists providing TI are d(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-058

Effective mobility framework: A tool for designing comprehensive O&M outcomes research

Lil Deverell, B.Ed., GradDip O&M, M.Ed., COMS/ Sharon A. Bentley, B.ScOptom., M.Optom., Ph.D., MPH., FAAO., FACO/ Lauren N. Ayton/ Clare Delany, B.AppSc (Physio), M.Hlth., M.edLaw, M.(Physio), Ph.D./ Jill E. Keeffe, OAM., B.A., Ph.D.

In orientation and mobility (O&M) outcomes research, the concept of mobility has become narrowed to what can be captured with existing measures and methods. However, travel speed and contact tallies have not provided convincing evidence of functional changes resulting from O&M programs or such vision restoration treatments as retinal prostheses. This study used grounded theory methodology to develop a new understanding of mobility from expert opinions, including O&M specialists (n=15) and adults(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-059

A clock-face method of outdoor scanning and tracking using sports cones: A case study of a client with post-stroke visual field loss

Sarah Hower, B.HlthSc (OT)., MSpec.Ed/ Ross Still, Ross Still, GradDip(O&M), Regional Manager, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

The participant in this case study is a 65 year old male, who had a right posterior cerebral artery stroke. He undertook a compensatory scanning program though continued to experience collisions with objects in familiar and unfamiliar environments. He was later referred to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Australia for orientation and mobility (O&M) services. The second author (instructor) assessed and identified this client’s functional field of vision using an outdoor clock-face method by placing sports co(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-060

Basic Spanish for Orientation and Mobility: A Phrase Book and Dictionary

Esther Gallego Villegas, Rehabilitation Technician

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-061

Along Came Henry: A Guide Dog Story

Frances Gentle, Ph.D.

DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2017-062

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