Visibility Vol 16 Issue 2, 2022

Can Pedestrian Safety be Improved with Orientation and Mobility Training?

Previous studies have shown that visually impaired pedestrians make unsafe crossing decisions. Typically, for problems with mobility, including the task of street-crossing, low vision practitioners refer their visually impaired patients for Orientation and Mobility (O&M) training. However, little is known whether O&M training improves pedestrian safety. The aim of this study was therefore to determine whether an O&M street-crossing training program was effective at improving a visually impaired pedestrian’s ability to make safe and accurate decisions when crossing the street.

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