Resources for Orientation & Mobility Specialists

These sites are aimed at Orientation and Mobility Specialists, offering information, discussions, techniques and links to professional organizations and certification requirements.

Dona Sauerburger, COMS
In addition to spotlighting her certifications and experiences, Sauerburger's website contains numerous resources and strategies of interest to Orientation and Mobility practitioners.

International Journal of Orientation and Mobility (IJOM)
This peer-reviewed journal that explores issues and contributes new knowledge to the field of Orientation & Mobility (O&M) (including Guide Dog Mobility).

An Orientation and Mobility Community Based Instruction Infusion Scope and Sequence Chart
The Special Education Exchange (SPEDEX)
This scope and sequence chart offers guidelines for community based instruction in the subject areas of Communication, Numeric Functions, Daily Living Skills, Law/Social Interactions, Personal/Recreation Skills, and Fine Art.

Orientation and Mobility Goal Bank
Michigan Department Of Education
There may be many reasons why an O&M Specialist and a rehabilitation team requires a granular list of skill goals. The State of Michigan's  MDE-LIO Orientation and Mobility Task Force shares their "goal bank" worksheets which can be downloaded here.

Orientation and Mobility in Texas
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Among the blog sites on you'll find "Orientation and Mobility in Texas," presenting topics of interest to O&M specialists, with special emphasis on Texas-based stories.  Bookmark this and check in often.

Orientation and Mobility Specialist Certification
Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP)
This site provides information regarding the certification requirements for Orientation and Mobility Specialists.

Orientation and Mobility Division of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)
Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)
The website of AER's Orientation and Mobility Division contains information about the skills and responsibilities of Orientation and Mobility Specialists, a listing of training programs, and information about current issues in the field, such as environmental access.

TAPS - Teaching Age-Appropriate Purposeful Skills: An Orientation & Mobility Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments, 3rd Edition
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Newly updated in 2012, the 4-part TAPS curriculum can be purchased through TSBVI on their website, linked above.  Comprehensive Initial and Ongoing Evaluation is sold separately.

Teaching Orientation and Mobility to Blind Children, Doug Baldwin
This site offers information on teaching orientation and mobility, including assessment and curriculum development.

Using Landmarks and Clues to Help Your Student Know Where He is in the World
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
This 1-sheet offers some simple ways of thinking about sensory landmarks to help reinforce orientation with children. Adapted from Understanding Deafblindness: Issues, Perspectives, and Strategies Vol 2, Orientation and Mobility for Infants and Young Children

Online Training

Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education (NERCVE)
University of Massachusetts Boston (
NERCVE offers online training in O&M, including  courses in Physical and Functional Aspects of O&M, O&M Assessment, Implications of Low Vision, and Psycho-social Aspects of Visual Impairments.

VI and O&M Preparation in Texas
Certification in O&M or TVI is available through Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University for residents across Texas.  Coursework blends distance learning technology with face-to-face campus activities.