Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment: A Foundational Overview and Understanding

An inclusive overview of cortical/cerebral visual impairment describing the condition, its causes and associated medical conditions, and the educational and development impacts of brain-based visual impairment.

Course participants will study the work of leading researchers, educators, and practitioners in the field of brain-based visual impairment, including Dr. Gordon Dutton, Judy Endicott, Dr. Creig Hoyt, Dr. Amanda Lueck, Ellen Mazel, Dr. Nicola McDowell, Dr. Lotfi Merabet, Peg Palmer, Tammy Reisman, Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, Diane Sheline, Marguerite Tibaudo, Matt Tietjen and more.

There are 8 sessions included in this training module that describe the condition of cerebral/cortical visual impairment, its causes and associated medical conditions, and the educational and developmental impacts of brain-based visual impairment.

Module 1:The Brain, Causes and Theories of CVI

Module 2: The Visual Behaviors of CVI, Part I

Module 3: The Visual Behaviors of CVI, Part II

Module 4: Assessment Tools, Inventories and Screenings

Module 5: Applying Assessment Results, Part I

Module 6: Applying Assessment Results, Part II

Module 7: Applying Assessment Results, Part III

Module 8: Collaboration: Building a Balanced and Accessible School Day

Course Objectives

As a result of the learning experiences in the course participants will be able to describe and explain:

  • critical differences between ocular and neurological forms of visual impairment
  • the role of neuro-visual plasticity in improvements in functional vision for individuals with CVI
  • diagnostic criteria used to identify CVI
  • the importance of knowing the medical causes of CVI as an important key to diagnosis of CVI
  • the function of both the anterior and posterior visual systems
  • the function and behaviors associated with dorsal and ventral stream visual processing
  • key factors associated with each visual behavior
  • educational implications of the visual behaviors associated with CVI
  • the rationale for a CVI-specific functional vision assessment
  • methods to integrate CVI Evaluation results into the IEP.
  • challenges and supports of social learning & interaction for individuals with CVI.

Withdraw without Refund

Due to the high demand for this course, we are unable to refund fees to participants who withdraw after the course start date.  Please review the schedule and syllabus for this course to be sure that you will be able to participate fully.

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Lisa Miller has been paid by Perkins to be the instructors for this class. They do not have non financial relationships to disclose.

Perkins School for the Blind is approved by the Continuing Education board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See the course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level, and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.\

This workshop is offered for 4.7 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional area).

ASHA CE Approved Provider

AOTA Approval 4.7 CEUs

Multiple weeks
3 Graduate
40 Continuing Education
40 Professional Development
4.7 ASHA
4.7 AOTA
$475 - Regular Price