New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
After an initial assessment, students are given their own mobility programme to equip them with the skills to travel independently in any setting, supported by our mobility officers.
Throughout the campus they discover hundreds of subtle cues such as bold colours and different textures on the floors and walls to help them gain their confidence in getting around.
We offer a range of mobility aids from hand held satellite navigation systems to the traditional long cane. All our students are trained in using a cane, which is important even if they choose to have a Guide Dog in adult life.
We will explore a number of modules to enable our students to gain further independence. Our Steps to Independence modules include;
- Body awareness
- Spatial awareness
- Sensory skills
- Residual Vision
- Body Movement/ Physical capacity
- Sighted Guide
- Protective techniques
- Orientation and Mapping Skills
- Independent travel -School indoor orientation
- Symbol Cane
- Long cane
- Travel safely around campus
- Use of vehicles
- Personal Safety
- Road Crossings
- Social Skills
- Money Handling
- Shops and services
- Inner City travel
- Taxi Travel
- Safe Bus travel
- Safe Train travel
- Night Travel
- Preparing for Higher Education.
Confidence on public transport is vital. So, for example, we make it easier to learn the layout of a bus by bringing one on campus to give our students the chance to explore it in a safe, encouraging atmosphere.
We also have two train stations nearby. The short journey between them is ideal for older students to get to grips with the challenges of train travel.
“A typical lesson might involve a visit to a local cafe, working out how the tables are laid out, where you can order your food, and handling money. We will not only use orientation and cane skills but also listen out for audio clues like the ring of the cash till and the hum of the fridges, to work out where we are in the room.”
Sarah Williams, Head of Mobility