Navigating the Personal Attributes that Lead to Independent Travel
This keynote is not about the knowledge and skills of orientation, mobility, or way finding, that are essential components for moving about the environment. Rather, this presentation is about the personal attributes that can challenge or strengthen one’s ability to confidently and efficiently take control of one’s transportation needs. This presentation is about social relationships, emotions, and experiences of those who are non drivers and those who are able to pursue a low vision driver’s license using a bioptic telescopic system.
Professionals with typical vision, and especially those who drive, may not have had similar personal experiences as those with low vision or blindness in seeking transportation. When and how should you ask for a ride? How do you deal with the frustrations of non driving? and Do you want to pursue low vision driving? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed.
The purpose of this presentation is to encourage participants to attend to the psychological and social skills one needs to master for independent travel as well as for looking at options that are available within a transportation budget. While the person who is highly skilled in mastering orientation, mobility, and way finding will be more mobile, the acquisition of these skills and the use of these skills are tied to one’s sense of self and one’s relationships with others involved in the journey to becoming an independent traveler.
Anne Corn is professor emerita from the Departments of Special Education, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt University. Currently, in retirement, she is a (volunteer) Research Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at The University of Cincinnati. In addition to preparing teachers of students with visual impairments, she has enjoyed working with future orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists and sponsoring dissertations that address O&M.
Professor Corn has numerous publications and research articles, and is the senior editor of Foundations of Low Vision: Clinical and Functional Perspectives. She has held offices including, but not limited to: Chair of the Personnel Preparation Division of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, a member of the Governing Board of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Chair of the Committee that established the National Agenda for the Education of Students with Visual Impairments, Including those with Multiple Disabilities. Today, Dr. Corn consults with families of children regarding education services, and she enjoys writing and volunteering for the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation.
Professor Corn is very pleased to return to Sweden for her third visit. She has given presentations at the Tomteboda Resource Center for the Visually Impaired, as a visiting professor at the University of Lund, and also as a “opponent” for a doctoral defense at the Karolinska Medical School.
Orientation and mobility has always been an interest for Professor Corn along with social skills and the functional use of low vision. She is the senior author of the soon-to-be published curriculum book, Finding Wheels: Building Strategies for Building Independent Travel Skills, second edition. In recent years Professor Corn has also been interested in furthering possibilities for people with low vision to pursue a drivers license with bioptic telescopic systems.