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    What methods can help a blind person with mobility?

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  • Retina Australia (Queensland) provides peer support, information, awareness and advocacy to people with degenerating sight due to a retinal eye disease. Some examples of retinal … View Profile

    Mobility is best assessed by an orientation and mobility instructor.  They will be able to tailor a mobility plan suited to the blind person's individual needs.

    Some examples of mobility aids include assisted guiding, using a white cane and using a guide dog.  A Vision Impaired Person badge is also useful.

    Around the home and in the workplace, various measures can be put in place to assist with mobility.  These may include the marking of changes in contour (for example, steps and doorways) with high contrast colour tape and marking knobs, taps, dials and switches with high contrast colour markers or tactile (touch) indicators.

    This is the advice from Retina Australia based on broadly available research.  Every case of blindness and vision impairment is individual and it is always recommended to seek the advice of your optometrist and / or ophthalmologist and even seek referral to a specialised low vision clinic, where an orientation and mobility instructor may be accessed.

    For further information, or to contact Retina Australia (Qld) go to the website at www.retinaqld.org.au  or the national organisation at www.retinaaustralia.com.au

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