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

Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is a public health crisis. Based in the brain, it is widely misunderstood and under-diagnosed. CVI affects up to 1 in 30 children in mainstream elementary classrooms, and is common in children with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and neurodevelopmental conditions. With the targeted interventions, trained teachers, effective services and education, children with CVI can learn to access their world and define their success. At Perkins, we are on a mission to boldly address the CVI crisis through education, innovation, and collaboration. Our approach is research-based and whole-child focused. Join us. 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

Perkins is a leader in online learning. Build your CVI knowledge from introductory workshops to master-level CVI courses. Scholarships are available.

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The Perkins CVI 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.

There’s power in meaningful collaboration.
Together, we can change the world for people with CVI.

Meet our team

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    Rachel Bennett, M.Ed

    Assistant Director of CVI Now, Parent Advocacy and Support at the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Rachel
  • Headshot of Jessie Cronan

    Jessie Cronan

    Senior Director of the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Jessie
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    Ellen Mazel, M.Ed., CTVI

    Director of CVI Research and Development at the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Ellen
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    Lisa Miller, COMS, TVI

    CVI Project Coordinator at the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Lisa
  • Lauren Moquin

    Program Associate at the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Lauren
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    Raquel Ronzone

    Senior Business Development Manager at the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Raquel
  • Headshot of Burju Sari

    Burju Sari, M.Ed., TVI

    CVI Coordinator at the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Burju
  • Headshot of Lacey Smith, smiling wearing bright red

    Lacey Smith

    CVI Project Coordinator at the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Lacey
  • Marguerite Tibaudo smiling on the campus of Perkins School for the Blind

    Marguerite Tibaudo, M.Ed., TVI

    Assistant Director of CVI Assessment and Interventions at the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Marguerite
  • Headshot of Ilse Willems wearing glasses and smiling

    Ilse Willems, M.Ed and TVI

    CVI Coordinator at the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Ilse
  • Headshot of Mary Zatta wearing red glasses and smiling

    Mary Zatta, Ph.D.

    Director of CVI Training at the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Mary

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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.”

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!