Mobility and independence training for blind 0-25 year olds

Mobility and independence training (sometimes called habilitation) helps children and young people get around and become more independent. It is for 0-25 year olds with moderate, severe and profound levels of visual impairment or blindness.

How to get mobility and independence training

Training is available for children and young people who have a medical diagnosis of visual impairment or blindness from their GP.

You will need to request an assessment to help us decide the level of training you or your child need.

  • under 18 - speak to your child's school or pre-school in the first instance. They will make a referral to the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service for an assessment.
  • over 18 - contact Kent Association for the Blind (KAB) for an assessment on 01622 691 357.

Following the assessment we'll put a mobility programme together to meet your/your child's needs.

How we'll support your child

By training your child to use specialist techniques and equipment (such as long canes) we'll help them develop the ability to move safely and independently at home, school and in the community.

We have a 'can do' approach and encourage parents and staff to support independent movement.

Your child's mobility programme will be reviewed each year and we'll invite you to come to a review meeting.

Specialist teachers for visual impairment will support your child's school to provide an appropriate curriculum.

If your child has complex needs

If your child has complex needs we'll provide training to other professionals involved with your child to make sure they understand the impact of sight loss.

We'll also train them to develop skills for movement and experiencing the world within the child's personalised programme.