The College of Orientation and Mobility has just finished a month long training course for six fieldworkers who are employed by the Mpumalanga Department of Health. Their primary job is to provide basic training to visually impaired clients in the community.
As there are not enough qualified Orientation and Mobility Practitioners, these workers assist by teaching basic skills of living and basic home orientation, until assistance can be offered by the O&M Practitioner. The training focused on practical skills and learning how to teach a person with visual impairment in a safe and effective way.
The fieldworkers were so thrilled to have learnt meaningful skills, which they can implement with their clients in the community. One of these workers will be returning to the College in January 2017 to begin her training as an O&M Practitioner, congratulations Zanele!
Facilitators and fieldworkers with certificates
From left to right:
Willemien, Mmalomile, Zanele, Mxolisi, Banele, Pholisile, Thembi, Sthembile, Nomonde and Michelle