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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61 VIDBE-Q Volume 63 Issue 4 Angela Jackson, M.A. Certification Student University of Pittsburgh AMJ101@pitt.edu Internships for Orientation & Mobility can be exciting and intimidating and typically take place in a school or state agency setting. A few interns each year are lucky enough to complete their internship in a unique setting such as Leader Dogs for the Blind. Leader Dogs for the Blind is the only dog guide school in the United States that has an on-site Orientation & Mobility program. The Orientation & Mobility program at Leader Dog is an accelerated program that lasts for one week and the instructors provide training in skills from human guide to independent cane travel in multiple environments. The clients served at Leader Dog are sixteen or older. With the one-week program model there can be a lot of challenges but for an intern it provides a lot of experience with different visual conditions and a variety of clients. Having a new client each week requires an ability to get to know the client and their needs quickly so that the best possible instruction can be given during the week. However, the program has a basic timeline for the week that helps with lesson preparation and allows interns to repeatedly practice teaching the skills needed for Orientation & Mobility. For some clients the lessons may be paced a bit slower and they may not complete all lessons, but they are able to get the instruction they need. The Canes and Dogs: Interning at a Dog Guide School for Orientation and Mobility Certification

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