University of Edinburgh

Transition Process for Deaf School Leavers


Foster, Susan B & Walter, Gerard F (Eds)
Deaf students in post secondary education
Routledge, 1992
ISBN 0415071283
A collection of articles covering the demographics, the environment and the outcomes of post-secondary education programmes for deaf students in the USA. 

Green, Chris & Nickerson, Warren
Rise of the communicator: a perspective on post-16 education and training for deaf people
Moonshine Books, 1992
ISBN 0951749005
Looks at the experience of further and higher education for deaf students and how support can be offered.

Grimes, Marian
Moving through: stages of the educational journey for deaf children and young people in North Ayrshire: a parent/carer guide
Scottish Sensory Centre, 2005
ISBN 0954603613
A guide for parents on the various stages their deaf child will encounter during their time at school and directly after.  Based on the experience at North Ayrshire but may be generally applicable in Scotland.

Hunter, Jana Novotny
Read my lips
Walker, 2002
ISBN 0744590531
Teen fiction about a deaf girl attending a residential school.  Features issues about communication choices and transition from school into the "hearing world".

Murdoch, Heather & Boothroyd, Eileen
Getting a result! information and ideas to help young people who are multi-sensory-impaired and their families understand and participate more fully in the transition planning process
Sense, [2009]

Designed to guide parents of young people with sensory impairments and other disabilities through the transition from school to the world beyond. It deals with the period from age 13 to 19 or later when young people plan and begin their future as young adults. England & Wales bias.

National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
Starting secondary school: a guide for parents
NDCS, 2008
This booklet provides some ideas about how parents can help their child prepare for the move to secondary school.

NDCS Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Donaldson's School
Template for success: positive transitions into further education, training and work for deaf young people in Scotland
NDCS, 2013
ISBN 9781907814938
Contains advice for transition processes for deaf school leavers and helpful checklists to ensure that all support options are considered.

Doing work differently: getting a job and keeping it while managing impairment
RADAR, 2007
A booklet of advice for people who have disabilities and are looking for work.


Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)
Deaf students at college
RNID, 2005
ISBN 1904296157
Developed for professionals working with deaf students in college settings.  It will be of interest to staff working with deaf learners for the first time and will also be a useful resource for school-based staff involved with transition planning.  An update to "Deaf students in further education" (PDFs on CD-ROM)  Series: Education guidelines project. 


Brown, P Margaret; Bakar, Zaharah Abu; Rickards, Field W; Griffin, P
Family functioning, early intervention support, and spoken language and placement outcomes for children with profound hearing loss
Deafness and Education International
2006, Vol 8 (4), p207-226
Looks at how the family copes with having a deaf child and how they see the transition from early years support into primary education. Looks at language outcomes and placement decisions.

Jambor, Edina & Elliott, Marta
Self-esteem and coping strategies among deaf students
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Winter 2005, Vol 10 (1), p63-81
Looks at factors which contribute to good self esteem in deaf students at California State University.

Lukomski, Jennifer
Deaf college students' perceptions of their socio-emotional adjustment
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Fall 2007, Vol 12 (4), p486-494
Comparison of deaf and hearing students' self-assessment of their social and emotional wellbeing during transition from school to college.

Marschark, Marc ... [et al]
Access to postsecondary education through sign language interpreting
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Winter 2005, Vol 10 (1), p38-50
Reviews previous literature and describes a study looking at the effectiveness of sign language interpreting in tertiary education.

O'Neill, Rachel ... [et al]
Deaf students and their support in further education in the United Kingdom: Results from the National Association for Tertiary Education for Deaf People (NATED) Survey 2000
Deafness and Education International
2002, Vol 4 (2), p99-114
Presents the findings of a national study on the transition of young deaf people from school to adult life.

Polat, Filiz; Kalambouka, Afroditi; Boyle, Bill
After secondary school, what?  The transition of deaf young people from school to independent living
Deafness and Education International
2004, Vol 6 (1), p1-19
Presents the findings of a national study on the transition of young deaf people from school to adult life.

Punch, Renée; Creed, Peter A; Hyde, Merv B
Career barriers perceived by hard-of-hearing adolescents: implications for practice from a mixed-methods study
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Spring 2006, Vol 11 (2), p224-237
Looks at the perception of deaf students in mainstream schools of their career prospects and barriers to gaining employment.

Richardson, John T E; Long, Gary L; Woodley, Alan
Students with an undisclosed hearing loss: a challenge for academic access, progress and success?
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Fall 2004, Vol 9 (4), p427-441
Looks at the problem of hidden disabilities in further and higher education and examines the implications of disability discrimination legislation in the UK and US.

Soutar, Angela ... [et al]
Preparing for secondary school
NDCS Magazine
Autumn 2011, No 22, p20-21
Parents and staff discuss a transition day for pupils moving from primary to secondary education in Surrey.



Stalker, Kirsten
Young disabled people moving into adulthood in Scotland (Foundations N42)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2002
A review of the transition planning and support of young disabled people in Scotland. Follows on from a report by Jenny Morris (Ref 512) on the situation in England, that report is on JRF website: