RCIL provides orientation and mobility as well as independent living skills training for individuals who are blind or have low vision and are 55 years of age or older in 32 counties throughout eastern Kansas. iKan-RCIL is funded by a grant from Kansas Rehabilitation Services. iKan-RCIL serves the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clay, Coffey, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Elk, Geary, Greenwood, Jackson, Labette, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson
Orientation and Mobility
A large part of our services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired is orientation and mobility training (O&M), which helps a blind or visually impaired person know where they are in space and where they want to go (orientation). It also helps the person be able to carry out a plan to get there safely and efficiently (mobility). As part of the major grant awarded by SRS, we have an O&M Specialist on staff who is certified and can provide a variety of O&M services.
The O&M program may focus on areas of training such as:
- Sensory Awareness – Gaining information about the world through hearing, smell, and touch.
- Spatial Concepts – Realizing that objects exist even if they are not hear or felt, and understanding the relationships that exist between objects and the environment.
- Searching Skills – Locating items or places efficiently.
- Independent Movement – Crawling, rolling, walking, etc.
- Sighted Guide – Using another person to aid in travel.
- Protective Techniques – Specific skills that provide added protection in unfamiliar areas.
- Cane Skills – Use of carious cane techniques to clear one’s path or to locate objects along the ay.
Independent Living Skills
In addition to our O&M services, we also provide our five core services- advocacy, independent skills training, deinstitutionalization, information and referral and peer counseling, specifically focused on blindness and low vision, to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
For more information contact Amanda Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist