CVI Ally: An Academic Access Companion for Students with Brain-based Visual Impairments and Their Teams

Explore how CVI can affect the different domains of a school day

CVI can impact the different “domains” of the school day (i.e. reading, math, science, music, art, etc.) both on a “surface” access level and a deeper conceptual level.

The presenters present their work on CVI Ally, a collaboration resource for students with CVI and their teams.

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Meet the Presenters

Henry being hugged by his mother, Rachel
Rachel Bennett
Director of CVI Now, Parent Advocacy and Support at the CVI Center at Perkins
Matt Tietjen, M.Ed., CTVI
Matt Tietjen is an education consultant and teacher of students with visual impairments. Matt earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University. He became certified in special education certification at Southern Connecticut State University. He received his certification in teaching students with visual impairments from UMASS Boston, where he also earned his Master’s in Education. Matt specializes in working with children who have cortical/cerebral visual impairment (CVI). He developed the What’s the Complexity Framework (APH Press) out of his conviction that children with CVI deserve a visually accessible school day. Matt is passionate about teaching families and educators about CVI and partnering with them to create person-centered educational programs. Matt’s What’s the Complexity Framework appears as Chapter 4 in “Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles,” edited by Christine Roman-Lantzy. Matt presents internationally on CVI and teaches CVI graduate courses through UMASS Boston, Perkins School for the Blind, and Fitchburg State University. Matt, along with two co-authors, is currently writing a book on academic accommodations for students with CVI (Perkins Publications).
Nai standing in front of a sea of bright yellow flowers on a sunny California hill top with a creamy blue sky in the background. Nai is holding a white cane and wearing a purple T-shirt that reads "Nobody knows I have EDS”.
Assistive Technology Trainer, Braille Instructor, American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter, DeafBlind Specialist
Approximately one hour
1.5 Continuing Education
1.5 Professional Development
1.5 CTLE