Mobility and habilitation training

Ask your QTVI for information on mobility and habilitation services and also consult your local authority’s Local Offer website for services.

RNIB Guide: Mobility and Independence Early Years

In this guide, you will find information on movement in the early years for children with vision impairment, which suggests ways of encouraging mobility from babyhood onwards, including for children with complex needs. It also covers ideas and tips to help you with teaching daily living skills for this age group.


  1. Mobility – Early years overview
  2. Daily living skills – teaching activities
  3. References
  4. Further guides

Guide Dogs Children and Young People’s Services: Habilitation Services for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment – What is habilitation and how is it provided? 

This guide covers:

  • Why is habilitation training needed?
  • Who is involved in habilitation training?
  • What does habilitation training do for a child/young person with visual needs?
  • What does habilitation training aim to achieve?
  • Who provides habilitation training?
  • What do habilitation providers need to be aware of?
  • Who delivers habilitation training?
  • How are habilitation needs assessed?
  • Who decides the goals of habilitation training?
  • What does practical habilitation training involve?
  • What supports effective habilitation training?

Guide Dogs Children and Young People’s Services: Movement matters habilitation service

If appropriate for the child or young person, Guide Dogs Children and Young People’s Services can teach a range of mobility skills and independent living skills. They also offer parent guidance days around England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Movement matters habilitation training includes:

  • Orientation
  • Mobility
  • Life skills

RNIB: Mobility and independence for school age children

This guide focuses on the development of specialist skills for vision impaired children and young people in relation to mobility, orientation and independence. It includes a useful mobility assessment which could be used to identify a young person’s current skills and what skills need to be developed.

The guide covers:

  1. The basics of mobility
  2. Early foundation mobility and independence
  3. Advanced mobility and orientation training
  4. Independent living skills
  5. Access to leisure activities
  6. Further guides

UK Bus Checker

Instant up to date arrival information for each bus delivered to your mobile phone. In London and many other cities and towns this is real-time live information based on GPS receivers located in each bus. Available from the App Store.

Did you know?

There is a secret revolving button at pedestrian crossings! This BBC blog article reveals all!


The following text is taken from an RNIB document on Moovit.People with vision impairment can now use the Smartphone app Moovit to navigate public transport, thanks to a new feature that allows users to hold their finger on their phone screen to hear which button or icon is beneath it. The new functionality integrates the VoiceOver and TalkBack on iPhone and Android, making the app accessible for all users that have the settings enabled.