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Mobility Service

Mobility and independence affects the whole life of a person with a visual impairment. The Education Mobility Service are here to develop good levels of mobility and independence skills.

What is Mobility?

Mobility is the skill to move independently through the environment.
The Mobility training we offer enhances the ability of children and young people with a sight problem to be safe and confident travellers both indoors and out,  and encourages them to be as independent as possible within the scope of their age and abilities.  At all times the safety of the child or young person is paramount.

What is taught

Mobility training is not an academic subject,  and whilst a full syllabus has been prepared by the mobility service,  most children will only need to cover certain aspects.  


Specific topics include
  • Body awareness - developing an understanding of body parts and how the body moves
  • Listening skills - learning how to listen and what to listen for
  • Orientation - knowing where they are at any given point and how to get to where they want to be,  including how to follow directions
  • Maximizing vision - how to make the most of residual vision,  including use of low vision aids
  • Basic personal safety - including name address etc,  what to do if lost and seeking help.  How to avoid getting into difficulties when alone
  • Road safety - from simple rules to complex crossings,  the level achieved depends very much on age and ability of each individual
  • Self help - beginning with independent dressing and feeding skills and culminating in basic food preparation skills, 
  • Social and life skills including dealing with the general public
  • Independent travel -may range from 10 metres to  10 miles and may include learning cane skills before proceeding to specific routes. These routes could be in school,  between home and school,  to and from work experience or for leisure purposes

Sensory Support

Contact Us

Hearing Support Team - Cherry Thomas and Cathy Spruce

Vision Support Team - Cherry Thomas and Charlotte Hollis 

Vauxhall Gardens,
Barrack Street,
B7 4HA
Tel: 0121-303 1793

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