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Orientation & Mobility
Off-Campus O&M and FAPE: Resources for O&M’s Addressing Transportation Restrictions
General Orientation & Mobility
- Street Story
“Street Story” website for input and information about California intersection safety. Collaboration between Cal State Berkeley and Caltrans.
- Visual Impairement Guidelines
Guidelines for programs serving students with visual impairements – 2014 revised edition
- Basic Spanish for Orientation and Mobility, Brenda Naimy
A phrase book and dictionary for communicating O&M instruction to students who primarily speak Spanish. (Available on Amazon.com)
- Cane and Compass
An O&M blog that is a great resource for creative lesson plans.
- Hall of Fame
Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field.
O&M Blog, online training and home for the International Orientation and Mobility Symposium.
Information on a variety of O&M topics.
Orientation & Mobility Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairment.
- The AER Guide on Professional Licensure for VRT and O&M Service Providers in the United States
Prepared and respectfully submitted by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Legislative Task force 2013-2015.
- World Access for the Blind
Organization whose present goals focus primarily on movement and navigation issues and who operates with a “no limits” philosophy. Information regarding echolocation and Team Bat. Several online articles regarding echolocation, movement, and navigation including a quick start, practical training guide to help teach echolocation.
- Blind Children’s Center
Los Angeles area agency which serves children with visual impairments from birth to school-age through center and home-based services.
- Blind Children’s Learning Center
Santa Ana, CA agency providing direct services to blind and visually impaired children, birth through the 12th grade.
- BRL: Braille Through Remote Learning
Offers classes in braille, from basic to advanced, through the internet.
- California Department of Education
This is similar to the United States Department of Education but its scope is limited to the state of California.
- California School for the Blind
Provides comprehensive educational services to students of California who are visually impaired, deaf/blind, and visually impaired/multi-handicapped from infancy through age 21.
- Guide Dogs of America
A guide dog school based in California
- Guide Dogs for the Blind
A guide dog school based in California and Oregon
- Guiding Eyes for the Blind
A guide dog school based in New York
- Wayfinder Family Services
Offers programs for infants, children, adolescents, and adults through in-home, residential, and non-residential programs.
- Hadley School for the Blind
Offers courses to individuals with visual impairments and blindness, their families, and professionals who serve those individuals. The courses include subjects such as braille, math with an abacus, and skills for independent living. The course materials are provided in large print, audio, and in braille.
- Perkins School for the Blind
School for the Blind in Massachusetts serving students through on-campus and outreach programs. Home of Howe Press and the Perkins Brailler and the Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program.
- The Seeing Eye
A guide dog school based in New Jersey
- Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
A web site with a collection of resources for students, parents, and professionals working with individuals with blindness, visual impairments, and multiple disabilities.
- United States Department of Education
This site has many useful links and is an excellent source of information for resources and groups across the nation.
Resources for parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities.
- California Department of Rehabilitation- Blind Field Services Division
The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.
- California Regional Centers
Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities – across the lifespan. They have offices throughout California to provide a local resource to help find and access the many services available to individuals and their families. Click here for information about contracting with Regional Centers
- Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County Inc.
Outreach services for adult residents with all levels of vision loss who live in Monterey County including the Salinas Valley, South County, and the Monterey Peninsula
- Blinded Veterans Association
- Braille Institute of America
- Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The only agency serving the blind between Fresno and Sacramento that provides specialized services to people who are blind or have severe visual impairments. Services include O&M, Daily Living Skills, Assistive Technology, and Braille.
- Davidson Program for Independence
A residential program at Wayfinder Family Services for adults with visual impairments and blindness to learn skills necessary for living independently. Courses offered include Braille, Computers, Counseling, English as a Second Language, Diabetic Training, Independent Living Skills, Recreation, and Orientation and Mobility.
- Orientation Center for the Blind, Albany, CA
Residential facility for Department of Rehabilitation Clients of the state of California
- The Hatlin Center (formerly Peninsula Center f/t Blind)
San Pablo, CA resource providing instruction on independent living skills for persons with visual impairments.
- San Diego Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Provides educational and technological opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals. Houses the Lions Assistive Technology Center which provides low vision assessments, and sells low-tech and high-tech items.
- LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (San Francisco)
Provides educational, recreational, and technological opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals
- United States Veterans Affairs