Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 63.4 Fall 2018

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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45 VIDBE-Q Volume 63 Issue 4 Dona Sauerburger, M.A., COMS Dona@Sauerburger.org Hey, you know it, we know it, EVERYBODY knows it –crossings at modern intersections aren't your grandfather's crossings anymore! Teaching our students to use traditional O&M techniques to cross puts them at great risk. At crossings with no traffic control, people who are blind have been seriously injured or killed by using the traditional strategy "cross when quiet." For example, the woman in the picture to the right is standing where she was hit and suffered permanent disabilities when she crossed as she had been taught years ago. She and her O&M instructors didn't realize that (1) she needs to analyze whether she is in what we call a "Situation of Uncertainty" before she can be confident that it's clear to cross when quiet, and (2) she needed to learn what "quiet" means. Teaching Street Crossings in Our Modern World: Self-Study Guides and Software Program Now Available Picture 1. A woman wearing a poncho and holding a long cane stands at a corner, facing a street with no stop sign or traffic signal.

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