University of Edinburgh

Transition: approaches for children and young people with visual impairments

Presented on Tuesday 19 January 2010

School and Beyond Preparation for FE/HE and the workplace

Dominic Everett
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Resource Centre for Visually Impaired Pupils
Uddingston Grammar School

Preparation for life after school Transition

  • No future needs assessment in penultimate year under ASL Act. Annual Review as part of ASP or CSP.
  • 1 year - Duty to exchange information - Always practicable?
  • Duty to gather info. Of services / FE / HE / Careers Scotland / Work placement options.
  • 6 months - Duty to transfer info. To institutions / employers, about pupli's ASN.
  • Finalised date of departure arranged.
  • When child has left school, duty to inform authority and other agencies.

Preparation for life after school

  • General preparation crucial.
  • Daily living skills; social and communication skills; independent travel in and around school as well as at home.
  • Competent use of assistive technology.
  • Consideration of future direction at earliest stage - S2 options onwards.

The Workplace

  • Parental involvement crucial.
  • Preparation from S2/3 through PSE classes.
  • Careers Scotland input at early stage.
  • Work Experience - advance preparation and evaluation necessary.
  • Full-time employment through self-placement.
  • Training opportunities - Skillseekers; Modern Apprenticeships; Training Agencies.
  • "Access To Work".

Post-16 Education

  • Responsibility usually lies with the student to ensure that arrangements are in place - but parental and Professional support is vital.
  • Careful consideration of suitable establishment; course, etc.
  • Apply to individual colleges or through UCAS system.
  • Arrange visits to establishments through Open Days, school visits.
  • Arrange one-to-one visit with Adviser for Disabled Students - to make them aware of personal requirements; to plan DSA claim.

Post-16 Education Funding

  • Apply for funding for FE up to HNC through College bursary scheme - Maintenance; Study; Travel; SEN Allowances.
  • SAAS provide Student Loan/Bursary (YSB) for HNC and above at FE colleges and in HE.

"Eligible students taking a full-time course at HNC level and above at colleges and universities throughout the UK can apply for help with their tuition fees, living costs with student loans, a non-repayable bursary, lone parent grant, childcare and travel expenses. The amount of support you can apply for depends partly on your and your family’s income".

Student Loan

  • If your parents' income is less than £24,275 a year, SAAS do not expect them to make a contribution. For an income above £83,395 the contribution is £8,000.
  • Students must pay this back at end of course - 9% of salary above £15,000.

Young Students Bursary 2009/10

Income Bursary
£ 19,310 £2,640
£20,000 £2,518
£ 21,000 £2,340
£ 22,000 £2,163
£ 23,000 £1,986
£ 24,000 £1,808
£25,000 £1,631
£26,000 £1,453
£27,000 £1,276
£28,000 £1,099
£29,000 £921
£30,000 £744
£ 31,000 £567
£32,000 £389
£33,000 £212
£34,195 £50
£35,000 £0

This is non-refundable

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) - apply to SAAS

1. Basic Allowance - up to £1,725 pa (small items)

2. Large Item Allowance - up to £5,160 for full period of study.

3. Non-medical Personal Allowance - up to £20,520 pa (Readers; Scribe; Helpers).

4. Assessment of Need required - provided by FE/HE establishment or RNIB.

The Student

  • Be Prepared!
  • Independent travel and living - mobility preparation over summer break.
  • Special equipment, exam arrangements.
  • Good study and IT skills crucial - VLE used extensively.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for assistance.
  • Be friendly and have fun!