Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 14: Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for Interveners

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Friday February 15, 2019
Thursday March 14, 2019

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

Orientation and mobility (O&M) training addresses the impact of deafblindness on the development of movement and travel skills, including orientation. This course explores how O&M looks different for each child. A team approach, led by an O&M specialist, will help a child learn faster.



Participants will:

  • Critique the role of the intervener in supporting a student´s orientation and mobility.
  • Describe the role of the orientation and mobility specialist.
  • Identify basic roles and principles of OT and PT
  • Identify basic O&M tools and techniques.
  • Describe the 5 levels of the Spatiotemporal Development Framework as it relates to students who are deaf-blind.
  • List ways to support students who are deaf-blind within the 5 levels of development.


Target Audience

Teams and Individuals working with and/or interested in professional development regarding students who are deaf-blind, such as parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and other service providers, including those who are not seeking to become interveners.

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Event Info

Event Type:

On-line Courses

Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Tina Hertzog and Patti McGowan

Event Contact:


Lorraine Byer


Patti McGowan

Additional Info

This module is part of the Open Hands Open Access Intervener Learning Modules (OHOA) series; you must be an OHOA cohort participant to register. The PA Deaf-Blind Project runs a training of the OHOA modules with a new cohort beginning each year in January.  Please contact Patti McGowan or Lorraine Byer for more information about the OHOA modules.