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Transition: approaches for children and young people with visual impairments


Baker, Mark & Simkiss, Philippa
Beyond the stereotypes: blind and partially sighted people and work (Campaign report 22)
RNIB, 2004
ISBN: 1858786290
Report on the employment situation for blind and visually impaired people and that employers need to be made to see the potential of visually impaired candidate.

Cain, Sally & Loebl, Ruth
See to IT at work: blind and partially sighted people accessing technology: a practical handbook for employers
RNIB, 2004
ISBN: 1858786428
Aimed at employers to ensure that they are providing accessible technology for their visually impaired employees.

Children in Scotland
Your future needs assessment
Children in Scotland, 1997
ISBN: 1901589005

Everett, Dominic; Ravenscroft, John; Spowart, Katherine
Moving through: what parent/carers should know about the educational transition process for visually impaired young people in Scotland
VI Scotland, 2005
ISBN: 0954608127
A guide to the transitions that a visually impaired child will make from joining nursery through to leaving school for tertiary education and work.

Family Fund Trust
After 16: what's new? Choices and challenges for young disabled people
Family Fund Trust, 2001
ISBN: 0953607803
Directory and helpbook for young people with disabilities regarding future plans, education, employment, social activities, etc.

Family Fund Trust
Your life, your future
Family Fund Trust, 2001
Booklet aimed at disabled young people (aged 13+) to help empower them to take control of their future plans, education, employment, social activities, etc.

Garner, Karen; Dale, Mark; Garner, Shirley
Education, employment and rehabilitation for visually impaired adults: a survey of recent research
RNIB, [1997]
ISBN: 1858781051
A guide to the literature on post 16 education, rehabilitation and employment for people with a visual impairment published between 1990 and August 1997. 

Kendrick, Deborah
Business owners who are blind or visually impaired
AFB, 2000
ISBN: 0891283242
Series: Jobs that matter

Kendrick, Deborah
Jobs to be proud of: profiles of workers who are blind or visually impaired
AFB, 1993
ISBN: 0891282580
Case studies of people who have a visual impairment and are successfully employed in a variety of jobs.

Kendrick, Deborah
Teachers who are blind or visually impaired
AFB, 1998
ISBN: 0891283064
Series: Jobs that matter

Lomas, Graham M
Insights: services for visually impaired people in Scotland
RNIB, 2000
Provides an overview of visual impairment in Scottish communities and the services available.

International Council for Education of the Visually Handicapped (ICEVH)
ICEVH European conference 1990: proceedings of the conference held at University of Warwick 6-11 April 1990
ICEVI, 1990
This conference concentrates on transitions between different school environments and from school to post 16 choices for visually impaired children.

Mason, Heather & McCall, Stephen (Eds)
Visual impairment: access to education for children and young people
David Fulton, 1997
ISBN: 1853464120
A comprehensive guide including medical issues, education, curriculum, transition and multiple disabilities.

McGinty, Jean & Fish, John
Learning support for young people in transition: Leaving school for further education and work
Open University Press, 1992
ISBN: 0335097650
A very general book about the transition from school to work or tertiary education for young people who have special educational needs. Series: Children with Special Needs

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.
Getting a Result web link

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.
Doing work differently weblink

RNIB Scotland
Bridging the gap: your future, your vision, your choice
RNIB Scotland, 2011
Looks at all the post 16 options available to visually impaired children such as further and higher education and work.
Bridging the Gap web link

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Future vision: a discussion paper: proposals for a national framework for the identification, assessment and rehabilitation of visually impaired people
RNIB, 1998
ISBN: 185878137
Guidelines for social care services for visually impaired people.

RNIB Scotland
This is working 2: how people with sight loss participate successfully in the world of work
RNIB Scotland, 2009
Success stories of people with sight loss who are sustaining and developing exciting careers in Scotland.

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Work matters: enabling blind and partially sighted people to gain and retain employment
RNIB, 2002
ISBN: 1858785308
This report urges the government, RNIB and other players to bring all their determination and effort to work to improve employment opportunities for blind and partially sighted people.

Schuman, Hans
Transition to adulthood: a shared responsibility
Verlag Dr Muller, 2009
A critical review of a 5 year research project which aimed at developing an empowering curriculum for visually impaired teenagers with learning disabilities.

Simkiss, Philippa
Constructing an employment continuum: creating jobs by promoting social enterprise
RNIB, 2003
Advice for policy-makers on approaches to creating sustained employment opportunities for disabled people, focusing on people with visual impairments.

Simkiss, Philippa; Garner, Shirley; Dryden, Gordon
What next? the experience of transition: visually impaired students, their education and preparation
RNIB, 1998
ISBN: 1858781582
A report from a survey about employment and visually impaired people and looks at the factors involved in gaining and retaining employment.

Whittaker, Philip & Logan, Vicki
Access to the curriculum for all: a FLaT funded project carried out in Scottish Borders schools between August 2003 and December 2005: a development to support the transfer of pupils with very significant visual impairment from primary to secondary school
Scottish Borders Council, 2006
Report of a project to address the needs of visually impaired children transitioning from primary to secondary level education.

Winyard, Steve
Blind in Britain: the employment challenge
RNIB, 1996
ISBN: 1858781019
A short report on the situation of employment for people with visual impairments around the time of the DDA coming into effect. Campaign report 1


Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Work matters: to blind and partially sighted people
RNIB, 2004
ISBN: 1858786193
This DVD shows that having a sight problem need not be a barrier to achieving success at work and employers describe how their companies have gained by employing blind and partially sighted staff.


Atkinson, Karen & Hutchinson, Jane Owen
Transition from higher education to National Health Service for visually impaired physiotherapists: an interpretative phenomenological exploration
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 2013, Vol 31 (1), p32-46

Ball, Gilly
Making inclusion work: one school's approach
Insight Sep/Oct 2009, No 23, p27-29
A deputy head teacher details the preparations they made for their first visually impaired pupils.

Barratt, James; Crews, Nicola; Finnegan, Lauren
Getting the most from work experience
Insight Nov/Dec 2008, No 18, p31-34
Experiences of work placements for visually impaired young people.

Cheddie, Stephanie
Just the job
Insight Sep/Oct 2010, No 29, p10-13
Describes the RNIB's new pre-employment programme and its holistic approach to jobseeking for young people with visual impairments.

Connell, Tim
Inclusive learning and the special curriculum in post 16 education for visually impaired people
ICEVI, 1997
10th International Council for the Education of the Visually Impaired (ICEVI) World Conference,

Donaldson, Marion
Changing support needs: a few thoughts
Eye Contact Summer 2005, No 42, p15-17
Looks at the transition issues faced by a 14 year old girl with cerebral palsy and a cortical visual impairment.

Dyment, Sophie
Taking the next step
Sep/Oct 2010, No 29, p17-18
Describes a new transition service in Wales, providing support to visually impaired young people going into further or higher education or work.

Finnegan, Lauren
Jump on board the career coach
Insight Sept/Oct 2011, No 35, p40-41
Describes a new scheme to help young visually impaired people increase their employability.

Eniola, Mike S & Adebiyi, Kunle
Emotional intelligence and goal setting: an investigation into interventions to increase motivation to work among visually impaired students in Nigeria
British Journal of Visual Impairment September 2007, Vol 25 (3), p249-253
Reports on training for visually impaired students to improve emotional intelligence and motivation in order to improve skills for successful employment.

Hedley, Ross
Tackling unemployment
Insight Jan/Feb 2014, No 49, p20-21
Looks at an assessment toolkit designed to help people with visual impairment to get into employment.

Holt, Marjorie & Holt, Simon
Excuse for success
Visability Autumn 2005, No 45, p35-36
Marjorie and her son Simon share their success story on the completion of Simon's first year at University.
Excuse for success weblink

James, Wendy
First steps into work
Insight Mar/Apr 2006, No 2, p38-40
Outlines some work placement ideas and the experiences of blind pupils in their chosen placements.

Johnson, Linda
Transition in the early years
Insight Sep/Oct 2009, No 23, p16-17
Describes an early years assessment group which helps to prepare visually impaired children for making the move to a full time reception class.

Keil, Sue
Following the transition process at age 18
Insight Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p46-47
A follow-up to articles in Insight No 4 and Visability No 45, tracking the post-18 transition of 5 visually impaired teenagers.

Keil, Sue
Out of the paddling pool: following the transition process
Insight July/Aug 2006, No 4, p38-41
A follow-up to Keil, S & Crews, N. (2005) Moving on. Visability No 45, tracking the post-18 transition of 5 visually impaired teenagers.

Keil, Sue & Crews, Nicola
Moving on: the transition to school sixth forms or further education college
Visability Autumn 2005, No 45, p31-34
An RNIB research study speaks to 5 young people going through the transition process in Wales. (2 follow-up articles appear in Insight.)
Moving on weblink

Keil, Sue & Crews, Nicola
Post-16 and post-18 transitions of young people with visual impairment in Wales
British Journal of Visual Impairment May 2008, Vol 26 (2), p190-201
Follows the pathways of five visually impaired people into further or higher  education and employment

Kinahan, Rebecca
Job hunting after A-levels
Insight Jan/Feb 2010, No 25, p44-45
Looks at the work of Blind in Business who offer services to school and college leavers to getting their first job, including work experiences and refining applications and CVs.

McNaught, Alistair
Starting right: right from the start
Insight Sept/Oct 2011, No 35, p30-31
Technology advice for new students heading for college or university.

McCormack, Gwyneth
Provision calendar: no 1: Getting the Senior Management Team (SMT) on board
Insight Mar/Apr 2009, No 20, p30-31
First of five parts on enabling the smooth transition from primary school to secondary.

Pavey, Sue; Douglas, Graeme; Corcoran, Christine
Transition into adulthood and work: findings from network 1000
British Journal of Visual Impairment May 2008, Vol 26 (2), p202-216
Findings from a project aiming to survey the needs and opinions of visually impaired adults across the UK. This article reports on data from adults aged 18-42 about education and employment.

RNIB Redhill College
Making the transition to adult life
Insight Jan/Feb 2006, No 1, p38-41
Describes the residential life skills programme at Redhill College aimed at offering students better opportunities for independence in everyday life.

Stewart, Jacky
Step by step guide to transition
Insight July/Aug 2006, No 4, p12-14
Concentrates on the transition planning for visually impaired teenagers.

Thorley, Melanie
Student support
Insight Sep/Oct 2010, No 29, p14-15
Two visually impaired students in higher education talk about a mentoring scheme being run by University of Greenwich.

Winters, Lucia
Thoughts on transition
Insight July/Aug 2006, No 4, p17-19
An overview of recent policy on transition for young people with disabilities.

Wolffe, Karen
Transition from school to adult roles and responsibilities
Insight Sep/Oct 2009, No 23, p10-13
Explores the value of instruction in social skills and career education for visually impaired people.

Woodhouse, Maggie
In perspective
Mar/Apr 2013, No 44, p37
Being aware of how vision changes over time helps young people plan ahead.  Looks at the planning required to ensure that a young person's eye care needs continue to be met as they transition from school.


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, report is included/linked.