ERIC Number: ED027666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Demonstration of Home and Community Support Needed to Facilitate Mobility Instruction for Blind Youth. Final Report.
Lord, Francis E.; Blaha, Lawrence E.
To study the needs for orientation and mobility training in Los Angeles County, project a comprehensive training program, and demonstrate a model service in representative regions, 51 blind adolescents (23 girls and 28 boys) ranging in age from 13 to 21 were given an average of 108 class periods of intensive, individual training by orientation and mobility specialists. Each instructor had five or six students; about 100 periods of instruction were found to be necessary to develop mobility skills. Parents' cooperation was solicited by conferences with the specialists and a parent training program. The tendency of parents to overprotect their blind children, especially their girls, was found to be a major limiting factor. The students tended to have a limited knowledge of their environment, were lacking in physical development, and made limited use of the training because they had developed few travel needs beyond their homes and the school. Included are discussions of related projects, case histories, and copies of evaluation and followup forms. (LE)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Coll., Los Angeles. Special Education Center.