What we do
The CVI Center
Every child with CVI has a right to life-changing access.
Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is a public health crisis. Based in the brain, it is widely misunderstood and underdiagnosed. One study shows that 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.
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.
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!