ERIC Number: ED404840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Standing on My Own Two Feet: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing & Constructing Simple, Individually Tailored Adaptive Mobility Devices for Preschool-Age Children Who Are Visually Impaired.
Blind Childrens Center, Los Angeles, CA.
This booklet provides step-by-step instructions for designing and constructing simple, individually tailored adaptive mobility devices for preschool-age children who are visually impaired. These devices are intended to enable children to begin to master independent travel, which precedes long cane training. How to introduce the mobility device to children, why an adaptive mobility device is needed, how to determine the appropriate device, and typical sequencing and device transition are discussed. Four different types of devices are then introduced: the Moveabout (with three different design options), the Pusher, the L-Bar, and the Arc-Definer. Instructions about each device include a list of the materials and tools needed to construct the device, the cost of materials and tools, optional features, and construction directions. Information is also provided on how to individualize devices to fit the height and width of the child, and photographs and diagrams show the assembly process. Three case studies of children (ages 1-2) with visual impairments illustrate the use of the devices. (Contains 19 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Case Studies, Construction Materials, Construction (Process), Mobility Aids, Personal Autonomy, Preschool Children, Visual Impairments, Visually Impaired Mobility
Blind Children's Center, 4120 Marathon Street, Los Angeles, CA 90029; telephone: 800-222-3566; fax: 212-665-3828; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ($8).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Blind Childrens Center, Los Angeles, CA.