Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired

16625 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48227

Orientation and Mobility

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) services at GDABVI are provided to persons who are blind or vision impaired and wish to (re)learn how to move about and travel safely and effectively in their environments. Orientation instruction covers how to understand where you are in a given space, such as your home or grocery store, and how to get where you want to go. Mobility instruction demonstrates how to safely and effectively move from place to place without falling down, tripping and by avoiding hazards. Training in O&M can occur in private settings or in public spaces.

GDABVI clients in our Vision and Rehabilitation Therapy program are referred to an Orientation and Mobility therapist, if the VRT and client agree that they would like additional training to move around their home or neighborhood. Some clients simply want to learn how to get to their mailbox in a safe manner, while others are interested in walking to a local store or library.

O&M trainers are specialists in their field and typically work with GDABVI clients alongside their VRT training or afterwards.