Five Requirements of Mobility Devices For People who are Mobility Visually Impaired and Blind

Children born blind and mobility visually impaired need safe mobility to thrive. Mobility visually impaired (MVI) is a term used to describe someone whose visual impairment impedes their ability to visually avoid obstacles when walking or running.

Videos of 19, one-year-old children who are MVI and blind (MVI/B) aged 14 to 23 months, showed each child was being taught to walk absent any mobility tools. This is to say that before belt cane, the one-year-old toddlers who were MVI/B were standing or walking in their videos, their vision impairment was such that they lacked the ability to visually avoid obstacles, and none of them were protected by a mobility tool.

Videos of two-year-old children (n=21) with MVI/B, three-year-old children (n=33), four-year-old children (N=12), and five to 10-year-old children (n=12), were mostly walking without mobility tools. However, there were an assortment of videos that demonstrated these children employing various mobility tools unsuccessfully. The devices included long, white canes, adapted mobility devices, hooples, hula hoops, various PVC crafted cubes, reverse walkers, heavy wooden chairs, rolling carts, and strollers.

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that the concerns raised by the confirmation that 97 children aged one to ten years who were MVI/B lacked effective mobility tools for the purpose of moving about independently. This will be demonstrated by listing and describing the five requirements of an effective mobility tool for someone who is MVI/B.