Mobility & Orientation

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

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

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Presented by Angie Bisson | 6 minutes

This video will show you what is actually involved in teaching mobility and orientation skills to blind and partially sighted young people.  You will watch a pupil from the Royal Blind School practicing mobility and orientation skills in Edinburgh city centre with a habilitation expert. Pupils are challenged to transfer and apply these skills in increasingly demanding situations, such as bus and train travel.

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.

Sighted 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.

This resource contains a number of PDF documents with guidance for parents and those working with young children with a vision 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.

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 vision impairment.

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

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 vision 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.

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

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