Resources

Much of our research work results in research reports and research articles. These can be found on the relevant research. Some of our work also includes outputs which are more specifically guidelines and resources for different stakeholders:

Useful resources are:

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.

Online resources and guidance for young people with vision impairment going to university

Practical guidance for young people with vision impairment preparing to make the transition to university, which draws upon our research evidence from the Longitudinal Transitions Study 

Starting University

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 

Supporting visiting teaching services to best measure the outcomes of their work (working with Brent local authority)

Learner outcomes framework for VI children and young people webpages

Thomas Pocklington funded guidelines how to measure the effectiveness of services for people with sight loss. 

The report sets out some important information on outcome measures used when evaluating services for vision impaired people.

The guide has been written for the following stakeholders:

  • Professionals who want to evaluate the services they provide
  • Researchers who are evaluating services and interventions
  • Commissioners of research or services who are assessing the impact of their commissioned work

Download the guide to outcome measures and sight loss (PDF)

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.

Tough Talks

Guide for parents in talking to their child about their vision impairment. The resource draws upon evidence from the Longitudinal Transitions Study.

Talking to children about sight loss