Program Description

Orientation and Mobility is the practice of enabling people with low vision or who are blind, to know where they are, so that they can get where they want to go, and how to travel there in a safe manner. O&M specialists work with people of all ages, tailoring interventions to suit the needs of the individual client, including people with additional complexities, such as health conditions.

The degree will provide graduates with specialized knowledge, critical and analytical skills to support life-long learning. It will give practical experience to enable them to apply for industry certification and work as an O&M Specialist both self-employed or at an organisation that provides orientation and mobility services to clients with low vision or blindness.

    Program Learning Outcomes for O&M Graduates 

    Students who have completed the program will have: 

    1) Advanced disciplinary knowledge in orientation and mobility

    Advanced disciplinary knowledge and be able to demonstrate application to practice in the field of orientation and mobility, displaying an awareness of national and international issues in disability, education and broader eye health care sector, and how these issues impact on delivering client services. 

    2) Demonstrated the required skills to practice as an O&M Specialist

    An ability to apply knowledge and skills in orientation and mobility to work across organisations that provide low vision services or as an autonomous practitioner. 

    3) Demonstrated effective skills in communication and collaboration skills in a digital age 

    An ability to communicate with clarity, to facilitate understanding, actions and impact to all types of people. Including teamwork, building relationships across contexts, and using digital technology effectively to undertake and improve work outcomes for all.  

    4) Critical and analytical thinking and application to orientation and mobility intervention

    An ability to identify and define the problem, determine viable solutions and make recommendations that have been produced using a range of tools, methods to critically assess existing knowledge, assumptions and elements of the issue in well-reasoned, insightful manner.  

    5) Creativity and innovation for an evolving industry

    Demonstrated being able to connect new ideas, challenge current thinking and practices and create solutions to further evolve the profession. 

    6) Client focus with an ethical and culturally aware lens and awareness of a wider personal ecosystem that impacts delivering services to clients

    An ability to have a proactive client focus, mindful of the client experience, engaging with all stakeholders in an ethical and culturally sensitive way to uphold and monitor actions according to professional responsibilities and the wider world.  

    7) Initiative, drive and commitment to life-long learning 

    An ability to demonstrate initiative to further one's knowledge, skills by consistent commitment to self-reflection and monitoring one's practice against newly acquired knowledge. 

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    You can find out more and apply online via the UNSW Handbook

    Please note that the final day for enrolment is the 21st of May

    Prospective students should contact postgrad.optom@unsw.edu.au

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