Good question! Orientation and mobility (or O&M, as it's known) is about helping people who are blind or have low vision to move safely and independently through an environment.
When it comes to O&M, the earlier these skills are introduced, the more confidently and independently people with vision loss can navigate their world.
And depending on their age, personal preference, degree of vision, the types of activities they engage with and the environments they need to move in, there are a range of O&M supports, including:
- assistance from a sighted guide
- a cane, or a pushable mobility device for young children
- a guide dog
- assistive devices and other technologies, such as electronic travel aids that use ultrasound or infrared light to detect when a physical object is near.