July 19-22, 2017: AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA
October 20-21, 2017: SWOMA 2017 "Exploring Changing Times" in Houston, Texas
March 1-3, 2018: Texas Focus, Crowne Plaza, Austin, TX
July 25-29, 2018: AER International 2018, Peppermill Resort, Reno, NV
June 22-25, 2020: International Orientation and Mobility Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden
For those who are new to LiveBinders… LiveBinder is a site for sharing information, similar to Dropbox in that you do not need to have an account to access the files. What makes it a “Live” repository/binder is that the links that are in it are brought in each time you visit so that if a Web page that is linked updates it’s site, you are seeing the live site with all the updates. You can also add PDF files, Microsoft Word files, YouTube videos, etc.
The LiveBinders for Orientation and Mobility are meant to be a resource for whomever would like to use them; you can share them, download files, give the link to Teams or families, etc. Here is the link to the Orientation and Mobility Shelf so far, LiveBinders O&M Shelf
For everyone who has a Trekker Breeze sitting in a drawer because you were frustrated with the time it took to connect to a satellite or how many times you had to restart or reconnect, etc. it may be time to dust it off and put it back into action.
The TrekkerBreeze+ upgrade is $299, as compared to the full price of $799 for a new Trekker Breeze+. They will take your old device and replace the internal works, including the GPS set, and give you a new battery. I will still continue to use all the other terrific tools on iOS and Android like BlindSquare, Seeing Eye GPS, Ariadne, and Nearby Explorer, but there are some clients/students who need a stand alone device and it is nice to have another tool to share with them.
Looking for ways to improve freedom and independence in various travel environments? Echolocation is great tool to enhance awareness of your surroundings and add a distance sense tool to your box of tricks. As an example check out the video with the link after this paragraph to view a TED presentation by Daniel Kish of World Access for the Blind and how he uses the skill to enhance his own travels.
New things enter the field of Orientation and Mobility every day, though some seem to be more evolutionary and others border on revolutionary. Likely, many of you have used apps on your personal device to access information about your travel environment. For some instances it may be as simple as cardinal directions with the built in compass, while for other scenarios in may include a dedicated, accessible GPS app, or even scanning grocery items to confirm you have located the correct pasta sauce.
On the horizon for all pedestrians and drivers is an emerging technology, the autonomous vehicle. How will this new technology affect the way a traveler using non-visual skills will relate to their environment? How will this new technology identify and monitor pedestrian traffic in an already busy urban environment? There are many questions at present and many more to come. For a brief primer on how the Traffic Engineering community is preparing, try reading the article at the following link...
Orientation and Mobility Resources in LiveBinders
Wonderful way to preview your travel with the ability to save route information for locations that have described routes.
The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has information, resources, links, and more, that are specifically for Orientation and Mobility.