Resources

Quick links: Research reports | Birmingham braille course online | Braille and Moon fonts | Steps to Independence | Touch typing tutor

Research reports

From 2008 to present (for earlier reports, please contact members of VICTAR). Publications and further information may also be found on the relevant project webpages

2015

Experiences of blind and partially sighted young people as they make the transition into Higher Education, November 2015

Investigation of data relating to blind and partially sighted people in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey: October 2011 – September 2014 

Longitudinal Transitions Study of Young People with Visual Impairments: Methodology Summary, November 2015

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA): report based upon fourteen case studies of people with sensory impairments engaged in application for PIP 

Secondary analysis of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) EU Disability module  - June 2015 

Support and Information received by Young People with Visual Impairments 

The experiences of people with rare syndromes and sensory impairments in hospitals and clinics

The Transition Experiences of Young People with Visual Impairments aged 17-21: Summary report of findings to February 2015 

The Transition Experiences of Young People with Visual Impairments aged 17-21: Technical report of findings to February 2015 

Wellbeing of young people with visual impairments: Technical report of findings to February 2015 

Young people, visual impairment and preparing to live independently: Technical report of findings October 2014 to February 2015  

2014

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

Vision, Accessing Information and Accessing Benefits

2013

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

Life and Change with Usher  

Post-14 transitions support – a survey of the social activity and social networking of blind and partially sighted young people - Technical Report 

Young people's progress and views of independence aged 16-19: Post-14 transitions support. Technical report of findings to December 2012 

2012

Post-14 transitions support – a survey of the social activity and social networking of blind and partially sighted young people - Technical Report

2011

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

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

Post-14 transitions support – a survey of the transition experience of visually impaired young people: Technical report of findings to summer 2011 

The Identification and Assessment of the Needs of Older People with Combined Hearing and Sight Loss in Residential Homes (PDF, opens new window)

2010

Post-14 transitions support – a survey of visiting teacher services for blind and partially sighted students - Technical Report 

2009

Network 1000 Survey 2 – Access to employment, full report (PDF)  

2008

Braille dot height research: Investigation of Braille Dot Elevation on Pharmaceutical Products (PDF, opens new window) 

Network 1000 Survey 2 – Access to information, services and support (PDF, opens new window)

Network 1000 Survey 1 - Finance and entitlement (PDF)

Birmingham Braille Course Online

For a simple introduction to braille and the braille alphabet you may wish to try this resource:

Crack the Code (PDF 224KB)

Braille and Moon fonts

Braille and Moon Fonts - links to sites with free downloads of fonts.

Steps to Independence

This online resource presents key issues and recommendations for those involved in teaching mobility and independence to visually impaired children. The content authors were Sue Pavey, Graeme Douglas, Mike McLinden, and Steve McCall of the Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at the University of Birmingham. The DfES, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, OPSIS and RNIB jointly funded this research. 

Steps to Independence webpages 

Touch Typing Tutor

Touch Typing Tutor is a software programme which was first designed in the 1990s to assist teaching touch typing skills to visually impaired children. A short description of it is given below. Still popular, it is now available as freeware http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/173/

The programme was specially designed to meet the needs of visually impaired people. For example, it provides the means to set up different colours, dimensions and fonts for the exercise text displayed, and has speech capability. These features make it possible for Touch Typing Tutor to be operated independently by the child. This program is easy to use, with a full set of touch typing exercises supplied. Additional exercises can easily be created using any text editor which is capable of writing plain ASCII files (e.g. the Windows 'Notepad'), and organised into lessons.