Orientation and Mobility—it’s a hot topic for parents of teens with visual impairments. And you know what, I’m glad it is!
It’s a matter on which we must intentionally focus; it’s a matter where we must raise our expectations; and it’s an area for which we must advocate!
I can almost hear your thoughts— "that’s a lot of work!" Yes, it is a lot of work. We parents are bone-tired and often we’re striving for surviving. I am so right there with you.
That’s why I’m coming along beside you as your encourager and urging you to fight the good fight, however tired we feel.
[Okay, sometimes, just take the day off. Offer sighted guide instead of insisting your teen use the cane.] For the majority of days, however, we must actively work toward preparing our visually impaired teens for independence.
On those majority days, utilize the information and tips within the following resources:
Why Might My Child with Low Vision Need Orientation and Mobility Training?
Advanced Travel Skills for Teenagers with Visual Impairments
Orientation and Mobility Activities at Home for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Working with Your Child’s Orientation and Mobility Specialist: 8 Questions to Ask
Take an "Autumn Walk" and Discover the Sights, Smells, and Feel of Fall; while this and a few other articles are geared for younger children, they are equally as important for teens!
After you have gathered mobility ideas, strategies, and motivation from the above articles, work with your teen and your teen’s mobility specialist to create specific mobility goals for your child and plan how you can support your child in reaching the goals.
You can do this and we’re here to help!