Explore your possibilities Gain practical travel skills

Regardless of your age or level of vision, it’s important to be able to move safely, confidently and independently through any environment you wish to travel.

Whether you have experienced long-term low vision, recently acquired a change in vision, or are gradually losing sight, our Adult Mobility Services can offer valuable everyday skills.

Our individualised programs teach practical, everyday travel skills to people with low vision and can range from one session to several weeks of intensive training. They can include techniques like long cane skills, road crossing, use of wayfinding technology, and the safe access of public transport.

You will learn to gather sensory information from the spaces around you and combine this with understanding of where you’ve come from, and where you plan to go.

The goal is to get you moving through life more efficiently, confidently and easily.

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Adult Mobility Services Could you benefit from Orientation & Mobility training?

Do you ever:

  • Collide with obstacles or people?
  • Have difficulty walking on different surfaces or going up or down stairs?
  • Become disoriented in brightly lit or poorly lit areas?
  • Feel uncertain when crossing roads?
  • Lack confidence using public transport?

If you are experiencing any of these difficulties, you may benefit from the skills learned in Orientation & Mobility training.

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Adult Mobility Services Your goals are our goals

Our programs are designed for you: training is individually tailored to meet your specific needs. You may have recently experienced a change of vision. Or, you may have had low vision for some time and want to learn new skills to achieve personal goals.

Orientation & Mobility specialists will work with you to identify program goals in both the short and long term. Goals will vary depending your personal circumstance, but some examples include going to university, starting a new job in an unfamiliar workplace, or learning a new route across a town or city.

Our specialist staff are able to assist in and around the home environment, your community, and in working environments, including schools. Mobility Services are available all across metropolitan and regional Victoria.

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Adult Mobility Services What are Orientation & Mobility skills?

Our training programs incorporate all aspects of daily travel. We use the Orientation and Mobility Framework to determine the skills and concepts explored in training.

The framework covers a range of practical skills to help with your travel. It is designed to be flexible and to accommodate your specific needs. Orientation & Mobility skills can include:

1. Self & sense

Understanding the body, the body’s position in space and the environment around it.

2. Spatial concepts

Developing orientation awareness and a variety of techniques to remain comfortably oriented while travelling.

3. Thinking and problem solving

Identifying a problem, learning to understand options, actions and possible consequences, planning and implementing a strategy, and evaluating the results.

4. Communication

Understanding of a variety of communication methods, and where, how, and when they can be used for best results.

5. Safety

Developing awareness of potential dangers and hazards, and taking appropriate steps to increase safety.

6. Exploration

Understanding how to access information from the space around you, and learning specific movements to help in comprehending environments quickly.

7. Environment & access

Developing knowledge of a variety of common environments, their structural features and strategies for safe navigation in different areas.

8. Route travel

Learning how to travel safely from one destination to another, with a focus on mapping concepts and orientation skills.

9. Traffic

Understanding road concepts, road configurations, road rules and traffic flow, and safe crossing procedures and decision making skills.

10. Mapping

Understanding of key mapping concepts and use of a variety of maps and mapping tools, such as digital, audio, mental and tactile maps, to aid orientation and independent travel.

11. Mobility aids

Understanding how and when to safely use a variety of physical mobility aids, and when and where each variety of aid is most appropriate.

Deverell, L., Taylor, S., & Prentice, J. (2009). Orientation and mobility methods: Techniques for independent travel. Melbourne, Australia: Guide Dogs Victoria.

Adult Mobility Services Group training programs

We run a variety of fun and informative workshops. The aim is to increase independence in mobility and daily living skills, while providing opportunities to initiate friendships and build social networks.

Our group training programs can include:

  • Orientation skills
  • Cane skills
  • Road crossing training
  • Public transport training
  • Low vision training
  • Personal safety
  • Pre-Guide Dog training
  • Electronic aids
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Adult Mobility Services Technology training

Want to know more about how technology can assist your mobility needs? We can help you to use technology you already own in different and more effective ways — like your smartphone for example — or we can assess you for specific mobility technology like GPS devices.

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Adult Mobility Services Service charges

Our Adult’s Mobility Services are available to people of all ages, regardless of whether you have access to government funding.

If your program is funded by a Government Agency such as the Transport Accident Commission, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, or is subject to a court case, we will seek costs for the services directly from these departments with your permission.

We appreciate information regarding claim numbers or pension numbers in these cases.

As a philanthropic organisation, we will always support people to access services regardless of your financial position.

Contact our Mobility Service for more information:

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NAVIGATE FUNDING Could you access this support via NDIS?

Have you checked your eligibility to access this support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? Many people include this support as part of their NDIS plan.

If you’re eligible for the NDIS, we can cut through the jargon, assist with your plan—or pre-planning—and get you on the path towards your personal goals. You can request free Support Coordination or find out more about your potential eligibility to access this service through the NDIS now.

If you’re older than 65, funded supports are accessed through the aged care system. You can register with My Aged Care by contacting their help line on 1800 200 422.

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