ERIC Number: ED060171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan-31
Reference Count: 0
Community Program of Orientation and Mobility Services for the Blind in Missouri. Final Report.
Gronemeyer, Robert L.
The purpose of this demonstration project was to provide orientation and mobility services for the blind in Missouri. Emphasis was placed on mobility training, because the loss of mobility by the blind person appeared to be the most severe problem. Training for the blind individual began at home, where he was taught to move about comfortably in familiar surroundings. Next the trainee, using a cane, learned to ascent and descend stairways and to locate doorways. Then the blind person was trained to travel in residential areas, and finally he was exposed to heavily congested travel in department stores, large office buildings, and bus terminals. A total of 81 persons ranging in age from 13 to 67 were referred to the project, primarily by the Saint Louis Bureau and Kansas City Bureau for the Blind. The referrals were placed in three categories: those with complete or limited training, those unable to begin training, and those who were in the Special School District. Fifty-three persons completed training, and 37 of these finished the mobility course. Individual short case studies are included in the report. (BC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Vincent De Paul Society, Saint Louis, MO.