What we do
The CVI Center
Every child with CVI has a right to life-changing access.
Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is a hidden epidemic. Based in the brain, CVI is alarmingly underdiagnosed and misunderstood. Less than 20% of children with CVI have been diagnosed, according to research conducted by the CVI Center at Perkins with analysis from McKinsey & Company. One study shows that CVI may affect up to 1 in 30 children in mainstream elementary classrooms.
More than ever before, the time is now to confront CVI — because we know we can help children with CVI learn to access their world and define their success with timely diagnosis, targeted interventions, trained teachers, and effective services and education.
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.
We believe: Every child with CVI is teachable. Every child with CVI can learn. Every child with CVI has a right to a timely diagnosis and an accessible education. No matter how their CVI manifests, no matter their zip code. We are confronting the CVI crisis through groundbreaking tools, online learning, current and accurate resources, and collaboration with medical professionals, educators, families, and people with CVI.
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.
Perkins is a leader in online learning. Build your CVI knowledge from introductory workshops to master-level CVI courses. Scholarships are available.
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.
Visit our new CVI hub for medical professionals, stocked with the latest on CVI screening, diagnosis, and research. We’re in this together.
June 23–25, 2024 at Revere Hotel, Boston
Head to the conference site for information about registration, poster session applications, exhibiting and sponsorship!
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.”
A first-of-its-kind digital assessment tool based in scientific research and inclusive of all kids with CVI.
Let’s learn and support each other on this journey. Have questions? Reach out to the CVI team at Perkins today!