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An Assessment Framework: Aligned to Brain Function

The Alex Program for CVI, an initiative of Easterseals Central Illinois, uses an approach to assessment that is guided by brain function (ventral, dorsal, and primary cortex)

This webinar will provide an approach to FVLMA assessment that is guided by brain function (ventral, dorsal, and primary cortex). TVIs with a prior understanding of the visual brain, will leave the session with the knowledge needed to begin to implement the approach in their practice. This functional approach is being developed based on the practical feedback of multidisciplinary educational teams who have participated in the Alex Program for CVI, an initiative of Easterseals Central Illinois. Specifically, these parents and professionals have provided important feedback on the FVLMA results when the approach is used as a means to help us understand its usefulness to (a) program planning and (b) decoding the child’s functional use of vision.

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Dr. Mindy Ely is an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University. Dr. Ely has devoted much of her career toward helping our profession develop standards of practice regarding learners with CVI. In 2018 Dr. Ely co-founded the Neurological Visual Impairment Division of the international Association for the Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), and currently serves as the division’s Past-President. In 2020,

Learning Goals and Objectives
Participants will:

  • Apply knowledge of CVI and brain function to traditional functional vision and learning media assessments
  • Identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses within the framework of the expanded core curriculum
  • Describe the elements of the Alex program as an example of high quality service

Video Transcript

CVI Assessment Draft Protocol

Level:
Introductory
Length:
Approximately one hour
Credits:
1.5 Continuing Education
1.5 Professional Development
1.5 ACVREP
1.5 CTLE