Empowering Each Other on Our Journey

Keynote Speaker: Burju Sari, M.Ed., Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI), Community Programs, Perkins School for the Blind 

Burju Sari is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI). The mother of 9-year-old twin boys, her journey started upon learning one of her sons had vision loss, the result of periventricular leukomalacia. After meeting her son’s TVI in 2010, she knew she needed to do something to help other families and became a TVI herself. 

In 2015, she earned her Master’s in Education for Teaching Students with Visual Impairment from UMass Boston. Today, she works for Perkins School for the Blind’s Community Programs as an itinerant teacher, specializing in early intervention. Additionally, Sari provides training to teachers and families, locally and in Europe, for how to support children with CVI and low vision.

Truly an inspirational speaker, Sari will share her family's journey towards understanding CVI, getting the right support and interventions after she started working with a TVI from Perkins, and the hope they now have for their son as his vision continues to improve.