What is Orientation and Mobility (O&M)?

This webinar provides an introduction to the history, principles and philosophy of the profession of orientation and mobility.


Course Code:   CPE19HOM-W

Course Information

The terms of orientation and mobility began to be used in the 1940s and 1950s as techniques for independent travel became established. Orientation and Mobility are considered separately in textbooks, but are interrelated skills and proficiency in both areas in required to become an efficient traveller. The terms and definitions of orientation and mobility have changed over the years and this webinar provides participants with a historical tour of where O&M began and where we are now.


  • Dr Bronwen Scott
    Bronwen has worked as an Orientation & Mobility (O&M) specialist for 30 years. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychology, Graduate Diploma of Orientation and Mobility, Master of Education (Special Education), and a Doctor of Education. Her doctoral thesis explores the introduction of O&M skills within the early childhood context. Bronwen has worked for a range of blindness agencies in Western Australia, NSW, Victoria and the UK, as well as 6 years working as a Visiting Teacher/O&M specialist for the Vision Education Service in the Department of Education Western Australia. She is currently based in Melbourne and is passionate about the role of O&M in developing the potential of individuals who are blind or have low vision.





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