Orientation and Mobility

Administrative Contact

Sheila Arad
Supervisor of NTDSE Programs
847-965-9040 x1106

Service Description

The mission of an orientation & mobility specialist is to teach students who are blind or visually impaired to travel safely and independently in school, community, and residential environments at an age and cognitively appropriate level. At NTDSE, the TAPS (an orientation & mobility curriculum for students with visual impairments) is utilized. This curriculum is primarily intended for students ages 3 to 21 who are blind or who have low vision. It is appropriate for students who also have other disabilities and can be used in all settings. It includes a screening instrument, comprehensive assessment and ongoing evaluation, functional mobility tasks, educational goals and objectives, and teaching strategies.

Team Approach

Direct services are provided in a one-on-one setting. Depending on the needs of the student, skills may be addressed in gym, on field trips, within the school building, community, or students home neighborhood. Additionally, the orientation and mobility specialist continuously works with teachers, administrators, related service providers and parents to ensure that safe travel techniques are used when escorting a child with a visual impairment.


Students learn to read maps (tactile, print or on the internet), use low vision devices and long white canes as appropriate.

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