The mission of the Orientation and Mobility Program at UALR is to educate and train individuals to become orientation and mobility specialists. This mission is accomplished through the following goals and objectives:
- Goal #1: Assessment Procedures: Students will demonstrate through the course work, practicum, and internship experiences the ability to use appropriate assessment instruments and procedures to evaluate clients’ current level of functioning in the areas of concept development, sensorimotor skills, posture and gait, and travel abilities.
- Goal #2: Cognitive knowledge of Orientation and Mobility skills: Students will demonstrate through the course work, practicum, and internship experiences the knowledge of the appropriate skills necessary for traveling with impaired vision and/or with additional disabilities.
- Goal #3: Instructional Methodology: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply learned theories and knowledge of skills (Goal #2) when developing, sequencing, and teaching appropriate lessons for and to their clients with visual impairments.
- Goal #4: Monitoring of clients: Students will demonstrate the ability to monitor their clients’ independent travel skills (including acquisition of orientation and mobility techniques and safety procedures) by successfully attaining the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) orientation and mobility competencies during their practicum and internship experiences.
- Goal #5: Human Growth and Development: Students will demonstrate the ability through course work, practicum, and internship experiences to recognize the psychosocial, medical, and cultural needs of each client as they relate to his or her individual education/rehabilitation plan.
- Goal #6: History and Philosophy of Orientation and Mobility: Students will demonstrate through course work an understanding of the history of the profession as it relates to current critical issues, the orientation and mobility code of ethics, certification of mobility instructors, and implementation of orientation and mobility services.
The key elements in the goals above relate to three fundamental objectives:
- Objective #1: Upon graduation, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to assess the level of acquired orientation and mobility skills and to evaluate those skills over time in their clients with visual impairments.
- Objective #2: Upon graduation, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to develop and teach orientation and mobility skills through appropriately sequenced lessons for their clients with visual impairments.
- Objective #3: Upon graduation, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to monitor their client’s safety when traveling through various environments.