Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment: A foundational overview and understanding (winter session)

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 cortical/cerebral visual impairment, its causes and associated medical conditions, and the educational and development 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.

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Meet the Presenters

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Burju Sari, M.Ed., TVI
CVI Coordinator at the CVI Center at Perkins
Lacey Smith, M. Ed. CTVI, CVI Certified
Lacey is currently employed with Perkins School for the Blind Community Programs as an Itinerant Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments. Lacey works closely with children enrolled in Early Intervention with visual impairments, multiple disabilities, and dual sensory loss providing consult and support to the student, families and their EI teams. Lacey has a Bachelor's in General Studies with Concentration on Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas, a Master’s in Education as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, (TVI) from UMass Boston, and a Graduate Certificate in Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) also achieved at Umass Boston. Lacey’s interest was inspired by her daughter’s diagnosis of CVI and she continually strives to learn more and share her knowledge with others.

Burju Sari and Lacey Smith have 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.

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The CVI Proficiency Badge:

This micro-credential is awarded to individuals who have successfully completed and passed the CVI Foundational Overview and Understanding class. This online class provides knowledge and skills related to the condition of cortical/cerebral visual impairment, its causes and associated medical conditions, and the educational and development impacts of brain-based visual impairment Competency In order to earn this micro-credential, participants will need to demonstrate proficiency in defining Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI), identify the causes of CVI, describe the diagnostic criteria, describe assessment processes and identify strategies for intervention.

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January 16, 2023 - March 12, 2023
Multiple weeks
3 Graduate
40 Continuing Education
40 Professional Development
4.7 ASHA
4.7 AOTA
$450 - Regular Price