We’re urgently confronting the world’s leading cause of childhood blindness.

Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is a brain-based visual impairment, affecting over 150,000 children in the U.S. alone. CVI is not new, it’s misunderstood and under-diagnosed. However, unlike other forms of visual impairment, children with CVI can learn to see if they have access to the right early interventions, trained teachers and education. At Perkins, we are on a 5-year mission to reach 50,000 children. Every moment counts.

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Our CVI services

We believe every child with CVI can reach their fullest potential through advocacy, assessment, collaboration and learning.

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Your go-to resource for trusted answers and resources about CVI, CVI Now fosters community and shared connection and empowers families with the CVI knowledge, guidance, and tools you and your child need to succeed.

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CVI courses

As a leader in the field of blindness and visual impairment, Perkins continues to break new ground and share expertise on CVI. Explore our catalog of online learning and courses.

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The Perkins CVI Assessment Protocol

Perkins is taking a bold step forward in urgently confronting the leading cause of blindness by creating a research-based, inclusive assessment protocol for individuals with CVI.

Meet our team

We’re building a CVI community

Rachel Bennett CVI Now

“Raising a child with a different normal means I am building a new world for my son every day. It’s incredible that my personal journey has brought me to Perkins as the Content and Community Manager for CVINow.org. We are building CVI Now into an essential website and a dynamic online community for CVI families.”

Stories & resources

Join us on our CVI learning journey.

Let’s learn and support each other on this journey. Have questions? Reach out to the CVI team at Perkins today!