ERIC Number: ED022290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
Mobility and Orientation Instruction of Blind Persons.
Luini, Eugene; Ryder, James
A peripatologist taught 102 blind and partially sighted individuals of all ages mobility and orientation techniques. Volunteers assisted with transportation, followup, consultation, and direct teaching of mobility. Over a 3-year period, the number of lessons per client varied from one to 86, and the number of hours spent by the instructor in direct teaching of mobility declined. Only 25 of 420 new cases were referred for training. Evaluation of the project suggested that a master's degree was not necessary for an adequately trained mobility instructor, and that part-time people in general areas of service to the blind would be of more help than new specialists. Since of the clientele only 6% became candidates for travel with the sliding cane and only 1 to 2% for guide dogs, mobility answers for the majority of the blind must be found. Transportation of blind persons also remains a problem. Construction of the sliding cane is described and illustrated. The bulk of the report outlines the children's lesson plans (mobility instruction for protection and orientation, sensory training--cutaneous, and orientation to travel), mobility instruction lesson plans (inside and outside work, trips in the local residential area, and the city), lesson plans for partially sighted, and hearing training. (KH)
Descriptors: Blindness, Children, Demonstration Programs, Exceptional Child Research, Mobility Aids, Partial Vision, Services, Travel Training, Visual Impairments, Visually Handicapped Mobility
Association for the Blind of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc., 439 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607.
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Vocational Rehabilitation Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Blind of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc., NY.