Advanced Theory and Practice in Orientation and Mobility
Providing an in-depth examination of major orientation and mobility (O and M) theories and approaches necessary for delivering complex O and M services to people with multiple disabilities including vision impairment. Topics covered will include: identification and specification of complex O and M service delivery models and approaches; evaluation of ethical and legal frameworks in complex client service delivery; family and client-centred service delivery.
- Semester 1 - 2016
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. identify best practice service delivery and duty of care approaches in complex client cases;
2. Explain the legal and ethical obligations of O and M service delivery;
3. Use advanced electronic and sonar-based technology involved in providing O and M services to complex client-cases;
4. Specify approaches required to meet the O and M needs of clients experiencing a broad range of vision loss and multi-disabling medical conditions;
5. Describe the concept of risk management and its importance to complex client service delivery;
6. Critically appraise and analyse related professional literature.
Topics covered will include: Duty of care and legal framework in complex casework; risk management and best practice service delivery; advanced theory and practice of kinesiology; advanced theory and practice in tactual and haptic perception; psychosocial dimensions and theory of O and M; advanced O and M technology and GPS services; management approaches and administration of service delivery; and dog guides. Exposure to and analysis of current professional literature.
Enrolment limited to cadets sponsored by the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT who seek to become qualified agency employees.
Written Assignment: Critical Reviews
Written Assignment: Research Paper
Practical Demonstration: Skill Competency Demonstrations
Face to Face On Campus 20 day(s) per Term