Habilitation VI UK ( formerly known as MISE) is the 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 MISE was originally 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 .