Mobility & Orientation

The goal of habilitation training is to improve the mobility, orientation and independent living skills of visually impaired young people. The following resources are for staff involved in habilitation provision, though all staff who work with visually impaired young people with complex needs will find them useful.

These activities were developed by the habilitation specialists working at the Royal Blind School.

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Young person with VI holds cane to walk up steps inside Edinburgh train stationSighted guide is a technique that has been developed to guide blind people or those with little vision who are in unfamiliar surroundings. It is important to note that not all blind or partially sighted people want or need sighted guide so always remember to ask first if assistance is needed.

Habitation tutor guides a young person with VI along a leafy street

Presented by Nancy Pinkerton | 5 minutes

Sighted guide is a technique developed for blind people and those with low vision who are not familiar with their surroundings. Always ask if someone wants assistance as not all blind people want or need sighted guide.

Boy with VI steps off a bus with support from a habilitation specialistThis resource contains a number of PDF documents with guidance for parents and those working with young children with a visual impairment. They list simple steps to support the development of key skills for orientation, mobility and independence.

The documents were produced by the Comenius Step Up project, Lifelong Learning Programme.

Boy in wheelchair propels himself along a corridor

This resource is an example of a practical activity that can be used for wheelchair mobility practice and route learning in a more enclosed environment, like a school or college building. It was specifically adapted for use with young people with complex needs and visual impairment.

Activity devised by Nancy Pinkerton, Habilitation Specialist, Royal Blind School.

Hand grips wheel on a wheelchair

The resource is an example of a practical activity that can be used for wheelchair manoeuvring practice. It was specifically adapted for use with young people with complex needs and visual impairment. It also includes examples of how the activity can be progressed with the young person.

Activity devised by Nancy Pinkerton, Habilitation Specialist, Royal Blind School.

Wheelchair user grips the wheel to propel the chair

This version of the ball activity gives four examples of how the activity can be progressed with a young person with complex needs and visual impairment.

Activity devised by Nancy Pinkerton, Habilitation Specialist, Royal Blind School