Expanding Your Child’s Potential for Visual Improvement

Presenter: Ellen Cadigan Mazel, M.Ed., CTVI, Director of CVI Project, Perkins School for the Blind 

CVI is the leading cause of visual impairment in children in the United States. Due to visual neuroplasticity, there is a possibility of improvement for children in the areas of visual attention and visual recognition, the key issues of CVI. This presentation will discuss diagnosis and assessment methods and appropriate strategies matched to assessment to foster this improvement. We will discuss the essential need for collaboration between medical professionals, parents, early intervention and school-based team members as it relates to diagnosis, assessment and interventions for optimal improvement.

Complimentary CVI Session

CVI Team at Perkins

Perkins' CVI Team is currently offering complimentary virtual sessions. This is not a CVI Assessment rather an opportunity to consult with our experts about your childs use of functional vision. By registering with us you will have the opportunity to reserve a future campus evaluation. For more information, please contact Susan Symons, CVI Case Manager at susan.symons@perkins.org.

Resources for CVI

CVI Early Connections Presentations about CVI:

  • Marguerite Tibaudo: Building Concept Development: Accessibility for Children with Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)
  • Ellen Mazel: CVI: Expanding A Child’s Potential for Visual Improvement

CVI Web Resources:


  • Vision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children
    by Amanda Hall Lueck (Editor), Gordon N. Dutton (Editor) April 9, 2015
  • Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention
    by Christine Roman-Lantzy provides an introduction to CVI.

Calendar Systems & Developing Concepts (not CVI specific):

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Download a list of CVI resources