There has been a considerable amount of sensationalist publicity both in Local and National Press and on Social Media, relating to a child with a visual impairment who attends a school close to Bristol and her cane use. The individual circumstances of this child, her family and her setting  are not known outside that circle and should not be brought into the public domain by any Professionals involved.  Matters have been blown out of proportion and in the interests of early resolution,  Hab VI UK members are requested to support fellow  professionals  and not  escalate this story.  In the words of Geoff Cox from the Health and Safety Executive, “ In cases like these people need to sit down and work out sensible and proportionate arrangements that will work in practice. I hope common sense prevails here.”




MISE is changing it’s name!

Welcome to Habilitation VI UK


Habilitation VI UK  ( formerly known as MISE) is a National Professional body for Habilitation Practitioners offering support and training for those who deliver Habilitation work  to children who have visual impairment. Habilitation was previously known as Mobility and Independence Education. Members come from a variety of organisations with an array of different professional designations. Although we are moving towards standardisation,  registering professionals as Registered Qualified Habilitation Specialists (RQHS) and registered qualified Habilitation Assistants (RQHA),   practitioners may still be called Mobility Officers, O&M Instructors, Education, Children's or Paediatric Mobility Officers or Mobility and Independence Specialists, from which the term was originally MISE coined.


Practitioners have long strived to achieve full professional status and recognition for the importance of mobility and independence skills for visually impaired children and young people. Over the last few years members worked closely with the Mobility21 project to inform the formulation of National Quality Standards for the Delivery of Habilitation Training (Mobility and Independent Living Skills) for Children and Young People with Visual Impairment and the new name,  Habilitation VI UK reflects these developments . 


The Quality Standards can be found on the public downloads page.


The Register of Habilitation Practitioners can be found in News and Events


This website is designed to share information and working practices for people in this field. All information contained on this website is correct to our knowledge but in no way seeks to recommend links, courses or events. You are welcome to access the information on this site, however, please do not reproduce any of the photographs.


Information about the new website and further developments will appear here!