Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness

Orientation & Mobility

Course Description

This course will look at the field of Orientation & Mobility (O & M) as it relates to those individuals with various etiologies of deafblindness. Students will learn the purpose and the role of Orientation & Mobility in the life of a person with deafblindness.

Participants will receive a transcript from Richmond Continuing Education upon completion of the course.


  • Participants must be currently supporting a student with deafblindness under an education authority in the province of British Columbia
  • Participants must have completed both Introduction to Deafblindness and Introduction to Intervention

Course Outline

  • Definitions and terminology of Orientation & Mobility - knowing where I am, where do I want to go, how do I get there
  • Important Orientation & Mobility strategies and adaptations when working with students with deafblindness and multiple disabilities
  • Classroom and environmental strategies of Orientation & Mobility
  • Introduction to cane skills and guiding

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the role of Orientation & Mobility in the life of individuals who are deafblind
  • Demonstrate Orientaiton & Mobility Techniques that apply to individuals with deafblindness
  • Develop strategies for special situations in Orientation & Mobility, such as wheelchairs, adaptive mobility devices, and interacting with the community

Instructional Methods

This course will utilize a variety of teaching methods to facilitate learning, including lectures, small and large group discussions, role-play, demonstrations, and media. Time for questions and the sharing of participants' experiences with individuals who are deafblind will be built in throughout the course. Pre-course readings will be provided.

Course Hours: 15