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Volunteer O&M in South Africa

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https://www.gofundme.com/intrepidvolunteer25 Thanks so much to all my donors so far! What is O&M “Orientation and Mobility” is the teaching of independent travel skills to those who are blind or visually impaired.  I have been teaching O&M for nearly 30 years now, most of that time spent with children.  As a teacher, there is nothing better than […]

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SANDRA STIRNWEIS ORIENTATION and MOBILITY PRACTIONER

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Volunteer Sandra Stirnweis is currently working with our Orientation and Mobility students to teach them the skills to work with visually impaired children. She works for the Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired and has over 25 years experience as an Orientation and Mobility Practitioner. Sandra learnt about our organisation when attending the International […]

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Vegetable garden and client

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Would you believe this vegetable garden was planted and is maintained by a person who is visually impaired? Isaac Mashiane, student O & M Practitioner taught his client Jonas the skills needed to develop this garden. Now he is able to provide vegetables for his family and takes great pride in this achievement. Independence, self-worth […]

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Student O & M Practitioner

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Student O & M Practitioner Isaac Mashiane is currently teaching long cane skills to a client in Tembisa.   Isaac is working in the community as part of his training and is being supervised by a facilitator from the College. The client is learning a route from his home to the shops, so that he can […]

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Sighted Guide Workshops

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The College of Orientation and Mobility held Sighted Guide Workshops for members of the public on Saturday, 12 March and Thursday, 17 March. The purpose of the workshop was to teach the skill of guiding a person with visual impairment safely, in a number of different common situations. They learnt how to guide someone in […]

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COM EDUCATION – College of Orientation & Mobility: What does the term ‘low vision’ mean?

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Low vision is a term describing a level of vision below normal that cannot be corrected with conventional glasses, medical treatment or surgery. Low vision is not the same as blindness. People with low vision can use their sight. However, low vision may interfere with the performance of daily activities, such as reading, shopping, preparing […]

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COM Update: What does it mean to be legally blind in South Africa?

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You are legally blind when you have acuity of less than 6/60 in the better-seeing eye. This means that the person sees at six metres what a normal sighted individual will see at 60 metres. With regard to visual fields, if your better-seeing eye has a field of vision less than 20 degrees. If you […]

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News and testimonials

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Ian Hutton P O Box 28995, Kensington 2101, South Africa www.sambt.org.za Tel: 011 648 9035 or 011 024 1654 Fax: 086 6666629 office@sambt.org.za As a blind person myself and as Managing Trustee of the SA Mobility for the Blind Trust,  I, without hesitation, endorse the work of the College of Orientation and Mobility.Orientation and Mobility Training […]

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COLLEGE OF ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY & GURUHUT

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GuruHut, a software company, has been a long-term supporter of the S A Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind. Recently their team visited us for a teambuilding event. The College of Orientation and Mobility students, under the capable management of Rosemary Alexander, hosted them and gave them more than they bargained for! Eating the lovely food […]

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COLLEGE OF ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY & ST JOHN’S EYE HOSPITAL

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The College of Orientation and Mobility ran a short course from the 3rd to 5th August, for the St John’s Eye Hospital nursing college. All of the students who attended this short course are currently specialising in ophthalmic nursing. The College was asked to present a workshop to ensure that the nurses will know how […]

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