Where do you need to go, and how do you get there? Read the following article about orientation and mobility, and begin to plan your access to this crucial service as far ahead of time as possible.

By Kristen Witucki on Thursday, Nov 30, 2017

Contact the state commission for the blind and visually impaired or state rehabilitation department or a local rehabilitation agency as soon as possible to schedule orientation and mobility instruction for getting around the college campus.

The information center at your college can provide you with a campus map and more detailed information on specific buildings. Ask for a print copy of this map to give to your orientation and mobility instructor. Depending on how large your college is, you may need several sessions before you are familiar with the most important areas of the campus. You may also need to schedule additional orientation and mobility instruction once you have registered for classes and know what buildings and classes you need to access.

Arriving on Campus

Plan to arrive on campus as early as your college will allow. Use the time to get comfortable in your new environment. With your orientation and mobility instructor, start with a general orientation to the campus and the surrounding areas, making sure you are familiar with these buildings and areas before the first day of classes:

  • General layout of campus and neighborhood, including names of streets and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Information center
  • Your dormitory (including your room, cafeteria, laundry room, bathroom, showers, etc.)
  • Office of students with disabilities
  • Office of the registrar (for such tasks as registering, paying tuition, dropping and adding classes)
  • College bookstore
  • Library
  • Student center (including rest rooms, lounges, study areas, and cafeterias)
  • Academic advisor's office
  • Local shops and restaurants (convenience stores, pharmacies, delicatessens, supermarkets, and so forth).

Reprinted from College Bound: Guide for Students with Visual Impairments, by Ellen Trief and Raquel Feeney. Copyright (c) 2005 by AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind. All rights reserved.