Accessible and meaningful learning for students with CVI

Marguerite Tibaudo, CVI Project Assistant Director, TVI and Deafblind Specialist, discusses systematic instruction, CVI promising practices, lesson design, and quality data collection.

White text on a blue background: Building accessible and meaningful learning for students with CVI.

CVI Now hosted a live virtual event on building accessible and meaningful learning for students with CVI held on March 25, 2021. Marguerite Tibaudo, Assistant Director of the CVI Project at Perkins, and a TVI and Deafblind specialist presented and answered parent questions about:

  • blending CVI promising practices with systematic instruction
  • thoughtful construction of lessons and activities that are based on comprehensive assessment
  • how to make learning perceivable, meaningful, and motivating
  • reliable responses
  • prompting and fading support
  • quality data collection to measure growth and inform IEP development
  • baseline data, present levels, and SMART IEP goals and objectives

No child with CVI is exempt from learning. No child with CVI is too anything to keep them from learning. Children with CVI can be readers, writers, and problem solvers. And this will look different in each child, but there is no question about our children's capacity for greatness. 

"If the child with CVI is less engaged, there's a reason for it. It's on us, the educators and providers, to optimize every opportunity for accessible learning to move that child as close to their learning goal as possible. We cannot predict what a child with CVI can or cannot do, but we can thoughtfully design instruction that is accessible and meaningful, so they have every opportunity to show us their skills and abilities." —Marguerite Tibaudo

Download instructional resources created by Marguerite!

Tune in to more Expert Q&As: CVI and the Math Mind, CVI and Assistive Technology, CVI and Communication

CVI parents: got questions? Join the CVI Now Parent Group to ask your questions, access live virtual events, and connect with other families. 

Resources and references:

  • SMART IEP Goals
  • The IEP Process by the Brain Recovery Project
  • Systematic Instruction for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities by Belva C. Collins
  • Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children: Visuoperceptive and Visuocognitive Disorders by Josef Zihl & Gordon Dutton
  • Vision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children by Gordon Dutton & Amanda Lueck