Pathways through transition: life after compulsory education for young people with vision impairment

Location
Birmingham Business School
Category
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Dates
Wednesday 1st July 2015 (10:00-16:15)
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Pathways through transition: life after compulsory education for young people with vision impairment

Overview

This national one-day conference captures the real life experiences of blind and partially sighted young people as they make the journey from school to further/higher education and into the world of living and working independently.  You will hear the latest findings from a longitudinal study of blind and partially sighted young people’s transitions being carried out by researchers at the Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research and learn directly from young people about the barriers they encounter and the strategies that work to overcome these. 

During the day you will:

  • Learn about the experiences of blind and partially sighted young people as they transition from school to FE and HE and into the world of work.
  • Discover how you can support the independent learning of young people with vision impairment to prepare them for transition.
  • Consider the potential barriers that may exist at each transition stage and how these can be avoided.
  • Discuss the implications of these issues for service providers in the context of the new SEND reforms.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Graeme Douglas and Rachel Hewett, Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research, University of Birmingham
  • Caroline Bennett, Senior Development Officer – Transition, Council for Disabled Children
  • Vanessa Morgan, Additional Inspector, Estyn (HM Inspectorate For Education and Training in Wales)
  • Dr Lynn Watson, Head of Research – Housing and Community, Thomas Pocklington Trust
  • Young people with vision impairment talking about their own experiences

This event is jointly run by RNIB and University of Birmingham with support from the Nuffield Foundation. The cost is £95 (parents and students £60)

Please visit http://www.rnib.org.uk/transitionconference to download the conference programme and booking form.