Effective education for families of children with visual impairments and blindness in physical activity environments: A workshop model with a focus on orientation and mobility skills

Luis Columna, Maria Lepore-Stevens, Erin L.W.K.D. Kavanagh

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Children with visual impairments (VI) and their families experience multiple barriers when trying to access physical activity opportunities. These barriers reduce family participation in sports and physical activities and lessen access to the well-known benefits. Basic mobility skills and orientation skills can be a challenge with low vision or no vision, and the professional field of Orientation and Mobility (O&M) can be useful in addressing barriers to physical activity. The purpose of this article is to describe two O&M workshops that were provided within the context of a larger physical activity program for parents of children with VI delivered for participants’ practical ideas and direct experience. This article will discuss detailed program and workshop components, rationales, design, and effective modifications for developing a similar program for children with VI and their families. Previous studies have indicated parent need for this type of hands-on experience and comments from participating parents and their children identifies the effectiveness of this approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-177
Number of pages13
JournalBritish Journal of Visual Impairment
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017



  • Community-based activities
  • Families
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Parents
  • Physical activity
  • Sports
  • Visual impairments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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