Transitions Study: longitudinal study from age 14 of blind and partially sighted young people in the UK

The Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at the University of Birmingham is undertaking a 5-year longitudinal study. The current phase of the project which runs from 2012-2015 is funded by the Nuffield Foundation and is looking at the transition of blind and partially sighted young people from the age of 14 years of age through to employment or further education.

The key objectives of the project are: 

  • To track the process of transition for blind and partially sighted young people from age 14 for the next five years. 
  • To identify the roles of professionals involved. 
  • To identify the factors that improve or reduce a young person's chances of gaining employment.

The project involves a survey of blind and partially sighted young people in school year 9 and 11. It also involves follow-up interviews with some of the young people once they have finished year 11. This project is planned to run from 2010 to 2015.

Listen to Dr Graeme Douglas discussing the project on BBC Radio 4 programme 'In Touch' (October 2012)

Research outputs

Phase One outputs:

A survey of visiting teacher services for blind and partially sighted students

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A survey of the transition experience of visually impaired young people

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A survey of the social activity and social networking of blind and partially sighted young people

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Phase Two outputs:

Young people’s progress and views of independence aged 16-19

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Vision, Accessing Information and Accessing Benefits

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Labour Force Survey: Secondary data analysis

Investigation of data relating to blind and partially sighted people in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey

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Investigation of data relating to blind and partially sighted people in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey: October 2009 – September 2012

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Investigation of data relating to blind and partially sighted people in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey: October 2010 – September 2013

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Contact Details

Researchers working on the project are:

Rachel Hewett
Dr Graeme Douglas
Huw Williams

Email: r.g.hewett@bham.ac.uk
Phone: 0121 414 4394

 

Funder

 Nuffield 

 

 

Timeframe

 

2012 - 2015

 

Where can I go after my GCSEs? Insight: Supporting blind and partially sighted young people. Issue 36, November/December 2011 (PDF 102KB, opens new window)