University of Edinburgh

16+ Transition for Learners with a Visual Impairment

Presented on Friday, 19th May 2017


This course explored the Transition experiences of young people with visual impairment. What the research tells us and how outcomes can be improved for young people transitioning from school? Course content included:

  • Role of the QTVI in supporting transitions (including introduction of the Access to Learning - Learning to Access model in the context of Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological systems theory).
  • Role of the QTVI and habilitation specialists in preparing young people with visual impairment for employment and adulthood.
  • The Longitudinal Transitions research study.

Overview of the pathways which students with visual impairment are taking, and the key messages from each pathway (FE, HE, employment, apprenticeships and NEET).

  • Employment outcomes.
  • Inclusive Design - Its Impact on Young People with Visual Impairment.
  • Use of mainstream devices as ways of accessing information.
  • Young people’s understanding of their VI, and ability to self-advocate in different environments.


Target Audience

All those working with secondary aged children and young people including teachers, habilitation specialists, voluntary organisations and parents/carers.


Rachel Hewett, Research Fellow, Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching & Research, University of Birmingham.


10.10 am Setting the scene: Transition experiences

11.30 am Pathways to adulthood

1.30 pm Inclusive Design - Its Impact on Young People with Visual Impairment

2.30 pm Self Advocacy and understanding of VI

3.30 pm Conclusion

3.50 pm Course Evaluation and close