Orientation and Mobility for Instructors in Training

10 Units

Provides an introduction to orientation and mobility theory (O & M) and the application of theory to problems relevant to practitioners of O & M who provide services to people with vision impairment. Topics covered will include: specification of orientation & mobility objectives, evaluation of ethical and legal frameworks, models of service delivery, theory and practice of O & M strategy and technique, and a comprehensive investigation and analysis of best practice in organisations providing low vision and blindness services.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Examine and critically analyse example of best practice service delivery and duty of care approaches;
  2. Identify and describe the legal and ethical obligations of O & M service delivery;
  3. Use basic and advanced technology when providing O & M services;
  4. Narrate the approaches required to meet the O & M needs of clients experiencing a broad range of vision impairment conditions and issues;
  5. Analyse and identify appropriated programs according to the clients’ aetiology;
  6. Define the concept of risk management and its importance to service delivery and client caseload management;
  7. Review and critically analyse current professional literature.

Topics covered will include: Duty of care and legal framework; risk management and best practice service delivery; history of the Guide Dog Association, organisation models and practices (low vision/blindness), guiding techniques and independent travel; cane skills, technology of O&M, vision aetiology and mobility, sequencing skills to meet client objectives. Critical analysis of current professional literature.

  • Enrolment limited to cadets sponsored by the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT who seek to become qualified agency employees.
Assumed Knowledge An academic qualification acquired after three or four years at undergraduate study.
Assessment Items
  • Literature Review: Literature Review
  • Written Assignment: Research Paper

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Compulsory Requirements
  • General Course Requirements: 1. Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. (Attendance at scheduled classes is compulsory.)
Course Materials
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Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EDUC6158
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