Orientation and Mobility (O&M)
It is critical for people with vision loss to have the skills to travel independently and safely. Having the right skills and use of mobility aids enable them to continue with their normal routine, and regain their quality of life.
The importance and benefits of O&M skills include:
Orientation and Mobility focuses on two principles:
Knowing where you are at the moment using information from the surroundings
Getting to a destination safely and independently or with some assistance
It teaches the proper use of mobility aids to ensure safe travel which includes:
GDS’s Orientation and Mobility training programme comprises of the following stages:
Ultimately, we aim for every person with vision loss to have the confidence to step out of their house, and the ability to travel independently. O&M training is free of charge for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. Training fees are applicable to residents with long-term visit passes.
Sessions can span from 1 to 3 hours each time, once or twice a week. The first white cane is given free to a client who embarks on a training programme with us. Subsequent canes and accessories are chargeable.