This “environmental alphabet” resource booklet was created after conducting several indoor and outdoor orientation and mobility lessons over time with students who are blind or those who have a visual impairment. After working on specific goals and objectives, my students would be encouraged to summarize their lessons and apply topic names to them. They often chose words associated with moments of incidental learning.
The teaching tips in this booklet are primarily for professionals new to the field of O&M, and I hope that they will use this resource as an opportunity to promote higher level thinking skills with their students. I believe that time spent teaching increased independence as it relates to travel should become as engaging and meaningful for the instructors, as well as for the students they serve. Because O&M training often occurs in a one-to-one setting in the community, the information found within this booklet can also provide greater insight for parents and administrators as to the countless opportunities in which learning occurs, beyond the skills written in an individual educational plan.