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INTRODUCTION

Transportation Techniques

Introduction

This review guide is a supplement to the Step-By-Step series on orientation & mobility. Designed for use by students who are preparing to become O&M specialists, this review guide provides a quick, sequential, and pictorial review of the mobility skills taught in the study guide module, Transportation Techniques. Whether used to prepare for a test, or to provide a quick refresher when preparing to teach a new or forgotten skill, it is hoped that this review guide will be of value to the user.

This review guide is provided in a durable, hard-copy format to enable individuals to use it out on the street or when working with students. This guide is also provided in electronic format. For more detailed information about the mobility skills, please see the Step-By-Step Study Guide or the Step-By-Step videos on flash drive.

AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL

Automobile Travel

Entering the Front Seat

Holding the cane in her left hand, the traveler locates the door handle with her right hand.

The traveler opens the door.

She locates the edge of the car roof with her cane grip or shaft (keeping the cane vertical) and then transfers the cane to her right hand.

Or, she transfers the cane to her right hand and locates the roof edge using the UPPER HAND & FOREARM (modified) technique with her left arm.

Maintaining her right hand in contact with the roof edge, the traveler “clears” the seat with her left hand.

The traveler sits down. She places the cane tip near her foot and rests the shaft on her right shoulder.

Door shown open for demonstration purposes only.

Holding the cane shaft with her left hand, the traveler closes the door, and then stores her cane using the CANE PLACEMENT technique.

Exiting the Front Seat

Holding the cane shaft securely with her left hand, the traveler opens the door slowly.

The traveler uses her cane to “clear” the area outside of the door.

The traveler locates the roof edge with her left hand.

The traveler exits the automobile and closes the door.

CITY BUS TRAVEL

City Bus Travel

Boarding

While waiting for the bus to arrive, the traveler stands 1-2 feet from the curb, angled toward the direction from which the bus will approach.

When the bus stops, the traveler locates the door.

- If she contacts the side of the bus, she can use the TOUCH TRAILING technique to locate the door.

Allowing other passengers to exit first, the traveler asks the driver to verify the bus number/stop information prior to boarding the bus.

Holding the fare in her right hand and the cane in her left hand, the traveler climbs the steps of the vehicle using the STAIRS WITH A CANE technique.

She trails the handrail to the fare box.

- Holding the money in her right hand makes it easier to drop the money directly into the fare box.

The traveler asks the driver

- for a transfer, if needed;

- to call out her stop; and

- if the seat next to the door is vacant.

If she desires, the traveler may now transfer the cane to her right hand.

The traveler uses the SHORTENED CANE technique to locate an empty seat.

The traveler “clears” the seat and sits down. She positions the cane using the CANE PLACEMENT technique.

Exiting

The traveler verifies she is at the correct location before exiting the bus. She waits for the bus to come to a complete stop before standing up.

Holding the cane in her left hand, the traveler uses the SHORTENED CANE technique (with the tip in contact with the floor) to locate the stairs.

The traveler walks down the stairs using the STAIRS WITH A CANE technique, being certain to “clear” before stepping off of the bus.

SUBWAY TRAVEL

Subway Travel

Boarding

Standing at least 3-4 feet from the platform edge, the traveler positions her cane either vertically or semi-vertically across her body.

The traveler approaches the door using the SHORTENED CANE technique.

- If she contacts the side of the subway car, the traveler can use the TOUCH TRAILING technique to locate the door.

The traveler clears, and then enters the subway car, being certain to step over the gap between the car and the platform.

Using the SHORTENED CANE technique, the traveler locates an empty seat. She then sits down using the SEATING technique.

The traveler positions her cane using the CANE PLACEMENT technique.

Exiting

The traveler waits for the train to come to a complete stop before standing up.

The traveler uses the SHORTENED CANE technique to locate the doorway.

The traveler clears with her cane, and then steps onto the platform, being certain to step over the gap.

The traveler steps away from the door.

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Step-By-Step 
Review Guide 
Transportation Techniques
 
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