O&M Training

O&M Training

I have been having O&M (orientation and mobility) training for a few months now. It has been going really well. I always need to remember to not look down, to keep the cane in front of my belly button, and to always hit the wall or other objects to the side of me when sweeping. Sweeping means moving the cane from side to side. Mrs. Jill and I came up with a fun saying for when I need to stop. “Itch Or Switch”. When I have an itch or I need to switch hands. I have a small, squishy ball that I keep in my hand so that I always keep one hand only on the cane.

Of course the cane is mainly an identification cane and mostly used for crowded places like The Legends and malls, unfamiliar places, and places at night. I think it will be the most useful for telling me where curbs are so that I know when to step down. I always say that “a cane is like another pair of eyes.”