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Navigating Our Future with Visual Impairment

A listening session on May 27, 2020

The Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) at the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University held a listening session on “Navigating our future with visual impairment” on May 27, 2020.

Key stakeholders, including individuals who are blind, orientation and mobility specialists (COMS and NOMC), guide dog schools, and public and private agency leaders focused on advocacy, service delivery, and policy, were invited to participate.

This session was held as the OIB-TAC had received many questions and heard many concerns about how those of us who are visually impaired will navigate the changing world where social/physical distancing is required and preferred. This listening session covered issues around what does physical distancing mean for orientation and mobility training, independent mobility, transportation logistics, managing health care arenas, and self-advocacy?

This session was held to generate discussion and develop collaboration in an effort to eventually generate guidelines and agreement on promising practices. It is anticipated that additional sessions and collaborations will be held.