ERIC Number: ED026777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug-31
Reference Count: 0
The Establishment of a Systematic Program of Mobility Instruction for Blind Persons in the District of Columbia. Final Report.
Thompson, William W.
To train blind persons in the use of the long cane mobility technique and to reach a variety of clients, a demonstration used the trainee's home as a base of operation. Of 198 referrals during the 3-year project, 61 persons started training and 42 persons between the ages of 12 and 92 successfully completed the instruction. Trainees began to learn independent foot travel in their own homes, then moved to an unfamiliar indoor setting. Successful indoor mobility was followed by training outdoors in a quiet residential area with stress on mastering the mechanical aspects of cane manipulation. A semicongested area was visited next; the trainee learned to locate some stores and to ride a bus. The last phase of training was in a heavily congested area involving exposure to more distractions. Successful trainees were those who achieved a level of travel proficiency commensurate with their physical, emotional, or mental capacity. Case histories are included. (LE)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Age Differences, Attitudes, Blindness, Case Records, Demonstration Programs, Exceptional Child Research, Home Programs, Mobility Aids, Partial Vision, Program Evaluation, Travel Training, Visual Impairments, Visually Handicapped Mobility, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Vocational Rehabilitation Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: District of Columbia