Date of Award
Master of Arts
Health, Physical Education & Recreation
Dr. George G. Mallinson
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Mobility enables man to interact with his surroundings, and to influence his environment as well as to be influenced by it. The need for the blind individual to relate himself to his environment has been the motivation for the development of orientation and mobility instruction.
While orientation and mobility for the blind is a relatively new discipline, the systemic use of basic techniques, i.e. hand-and-arm techniques and the use of long, light, functional cane as a mode of travel, has been validated empirically with more than a thousand blinded adults. These techniques have also been used successfully with blind youth at the secondary-school level.
Blaha, Lawrence E., "The Orientation and Mobility Needs of Blind Youth in a Highly-Impacted Metropolitan Area" (1965). Master's Theses. 4140.