Research

Members of VICTAR are actively involved in a number of funded research projects. Some of the more recent projects are listed below (a number of which have links to project overviews and reports which may be downloaded). A list of recent publications produced by current members of VICTAR can be found on the individual staff profiles.   

The experiences of people with dual sensory impairment attending rare syndrome clinics (2014-2015)

Liz Ellis and Liz Hodges) are conducting research on the experiences of people who have a dual sensory impairment (deafblind people) and attend specialist clinics for people with rare syndromes. This project is funded by Sense the national charity for deafblind people and their families, and some of the research will also be conducted by Yemi Tadesse a researcher from Sense.

Find out more about this research http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/education/projects/deafblind-attending-rare-syndrome-clinics.aspx

Experiences of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) on  people with sensory loss (2014-2015)

This year long project funded by RNIB, the Thomas Pocklington Trust, and Sense explores the experiences of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)policy change for people who have a visual impairment or a dual sensory impairment (deafblind).  

Find out more about the Experiences of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) on people with sensory loss research 

Evaluation of the future in-sight project (2013-2018)

The University of Birmingham have been commissioned to evaluate the Future In-Sight project which is a lottery funded project managed by RNIB Wales. The design the evaluation involves a range of approaches including: 

  • Gathering feedback data from the participants in relation to the interventions
  • Annual tracking data from participants
  • Some case study work

Find out more about the Evaluation of the future in-sight project

Developing a pilot ‘outcomes based’ framework for mobility and independence specialists

This work was funded by Guide Dogs. The main focus of the project was to devise and field test an appropriate service user mobility and independence tool designed to monitor the outcomes service users and their families/representatives want to achieve in relation to relevant Government initiatives.

Project Report

Developing a pilot ‘outcomes based’ framework for mobility and independence specialists (PDF, opens new window)

Developing a pilot ‘outcomes based’ framework for mobility and independence specialists (WORD 2003-2007 document)

 

The education of children and young people with the genetic inherited condition albinism in Malawi (2012-2015)

This research explores some of the ways teachers can support children with albinism in Malawi through the use of inclusive education practices that can increase their participation in all school activities and enhance the quality of their learning experiences

Find out more about the Education of Children and Young People with Albinism in Malawi  research

Transitions: longitudial study from age 14 of blind and partially sighted young people in the UK  (2012-2015)

The current phase of the transitions project is funded by the Nuffield Foundation and it  looks at the transition of blind and partially sighted young people from the age of 14 years for the next five years to identify the roles of the professionals involved and the factors which improve or reduce a young person's chances of gaining employment 

Find out more about the Transition Study

The ENABLER project: experimental new action-based beneficiary led employment research (2010-2013)

This three year research project funded by the Big Lottery fund aimed to improve the employment prospects for thousands of the UK's blind and partially sighted population. The aim of the research was to ascertain key employment needs amongst blind and partially sighted job seekers. Throughout the project, we worked with blind and partially sighted individuals to develop a standard assessment model and best practice guide, to ensure all blind and partially sighted job seekers receive the right services

Find out more about the ENABLER project

The educational inclusion of children with visual impairment in developing countries (2006 - 2012)

Literacy for all: developing literacy through touch in the classroom was a study promoting and tracking over one year the development of braille literacy skills of a group of primary school children who are blind in Malawi.

Find out more about the Educational inclusion of children with visual impairment in developing counties project

Network 1000

Braille dot height

This project investigated the braille dot elevation required when reading braille from pharmaceutical packages. The research was carried out in conjunction with the RNIB and was funded by a consortium of packaging manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and voluntary organisations of blind and partially sight people.

Steps to Independence

This project investigated the mobility and independence needs of children with a visual impairment and how best to support their learning. /It was funded by the DfES, GDBA, Opsis, RNIB. The project report outlines recommendations for services responsible for mobility and independence education.

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) commissioned projects

The Thomas Pocklington Trust commissioned VICTAR to carry out a number of projects in the areas of evaluation of day service provision, eye clinic support services, and the needs of older people with hearing and sight loss.

The latter includes a project that explored the experiences of older people aged 50+ who have both hearing and sight loss. The project had two distinct phases: the first phase analysed two already existing datasets relating to 609 older people with hearing and sight loss (the 'Network 1000' study and the 'Cambridge study'); the second phase focused on case studies of 20 older people with hearing and sight loss.

Dotted Moon

This project investigated the potential of Moon production through braille embossers (‘dotted moon’), and its impact upon reading. It was funded by the DfES and RNIB. 

Print reading and computer use

Two studies which compared computer and paper presentations of text and considered ergonomic aspects (in particular posture) of computer use. Funded by RNIB.

Standardisation of print reading scores for partially sighted print readers

This project investigated reading ability by assessing the reading of nearly 500 children with low vision using the Neale Analysis of Reading Ability. Funded by RNIB. 

West Midlands RNIB social inclusion project

This project investigated and developed methods of supporting the social inclusion of children with a visual impairment at school. Funded by the DfES and RNIB

West Midlands RNIB Social Inclusion Project (PDF, 575 KB) 

 

Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching And Research

 

This video, produced by the RNIB highlights some of the work of the ENABLER project