The Orientation and Mobility (O&M) program at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) provides comprehensive instruction in a variety of critical areas. Our most recognized instructional priorities are in the area of independent travel skill development. However, there are a variety of important concepts and skills that are prerequisite to independent travel, and the acquisition and development of these skills is also a critical area of instructional focus, especially with younger students.
O&M instructors continuously evaluate each student’s skill level and concept attainment, and develop instructional goals, objectives, and strategies to meet each student’s individual needs. The scope and sequence of O&M instruction progresses as the student masters the skills, concepts, and techniques necessary to negotiate and interact in the environment independently and with confidence. As students develop the ability to move in space independently and demonstrate understanding of the environment and how to perform typical tasks, their areas of mastery grow, encompassing not only the classroom or school setting, but the community as well.
Some basic examples of skills taught in this vital expanded core curriculum area are:
It is important to note that O&M instruction does not occur in isolation. Instruction is broadly conceived and incorporates a student-centered, collaborative, and multidisciplinary approach involving all stakeholders in each student’s life. The ultimate goal is for all students to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence, to lead independent, safe, and successful lives both now and in their future.
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