University of Edinburgh

16+ Transition for learners with a visual impairment


Allman, Carol B & Lewis, Sandra (eds)
ECC essentials: teaching the expanded core curriculum to students with visual impairments
AFB Press, 2014
ISBN 9780891284987
Addresses the additional curriculum elements that visually impaired children have to learn in order to live independent lives, this includes curriculum access, assistive technology, mobility, independent living, social skills, careers and citizenship.

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 candidates.

Everett, Dominic
Sharing your journey: a guide for parents of children who are blind or partially sighted
RNIB Scotland, 2015
A general guide to the journey a child with sight loss may take. Gives information on medical issues, entitlements, education, independence and careers.

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

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.

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.

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
ISBN 9783639195958
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.

Smith, Lee ... [et al]
Shaping the future: the educational experiences of blind and partially sighted young people aged 16 to 25
RNIB, 2001
ISBN 1858784794
Research report 3

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
Looks at the transition from HE to work for trained physiotherapists who are also visually impaired.

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

Cheddie, Stephanie
Just the job
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.

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
Sept/Oct 2011, No 35, p40-41
Describes a new scheme to help young visually impaired people increase their employability.

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

Hewett, Rachel; Douglas, Graeme; Keil, Sue
Post-16 transition experience of visually impaired young people in England and Wales: Early findings from a longitudinal study
British Journal of Visual Impairment
September 2014, Vol 32 (3), p21, 1-222
Experiences of young people with visual impairments in transition from school to further or higher education and employment.

Holt, Marjorie & Holt, Simon
Excuse for success
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.

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

Keil, Sue
Following the transition process at age 18
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
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
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.)

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
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
Sept/Oct 2011, No 35, p30-31
Technology advice for new students heading for college or university.

Oldfield, David
Road to employment
May/Jun 2014, No 51, p16
David's story of strategies he used to gain employment, helped by Action for Blind People.

Patterson, John A & Loomis, Colleen
Linking schools, universities, and businesses to mobilize resources and support for career choice and development of students who are visually impaired
British Journal of Visual Impairment
September 2016, Vol 34 (3), p262-270
Looks at linking schools, universities and local organisations to make the school curriculum more relevant for career development for students who are visually impaired.

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
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
July/Aug 2006, No 4, p12-14
Concentrates on the transition planning for visually impaired teenagers.

Thorley, Melanie
Student support
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.

Williams, Sarah
Improving employability
May/Jun 2014, No 51, p10-11
Future In-Sight is a project to improve the employability skills of 14-25 year olds with sight loss.

Wolffe, Karen
Transition from school to adult roles and responsibilities
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, that report is on JRF website: