Discussion of the findings from the 2D image study for students with CVI

Object identification, gaze behavior, and image saliency analysis

Object identification in cortical/cerebral visual impairment is characterized by gaze behavior and image saliency analysis. In this webinar, researchers uncover what sparked the need to analyze how students with CVI process images, and how this characterization came to light.  The 2D image study’s findings can help us all understand how our students with CVI access their educational environments and how access can be improved and supported.

Presenters Matt Tietjen, Clare Manley, and Emily Cantillon present the progress of their 2D image study,

For further reading, see Optometry Times, “Cerebral Visual Impairment,” Charters and Merabet

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Meet the Presenters

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).
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Emily Cantillon
TVI, Community Programs, Perkins School for the Blind
Emily Cantillon is a Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired for Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins-Roman Endorsed Professional and CVI Certified through the University of Massachusetts Boston. Currently a Doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado, Emily serves as a member of the Educational Program Advisory Committee and researches CVI through professional development, certifications, symposiums, committees, assisting in research with CVI researcher Matt Tietjen and developing a mentorship with Dr. Lotfi Merabet.
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Claire Manley
After earning her bachelor’s degree at Boston University, Clare Manley continued her work as a Research Lab Tech and Study Coordinator in the Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity at MEE with Dr. Lotfi Merabet, studying visual processing in individuals with cerebral visual impairment (CVI); the primary cause of pediatric visual impairment in the US. Because our population of interest, individuals with brain-based visual impairments, have prenatal or perinatal brain injury, many of them have coexisting cognitive and developmental delays, as well as physical disabilities. Her current position in the Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity has given her the opportunity to work not only with children and young adults with moderate to profound visual impairment but also with cerebral palsy, and autism, among other conditions.
Approximately one hour
1.5 Continuing Education
1.5 Professional Development
1.5 CTLE