OUR MISSION

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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CVI Now

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 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.

CVI: Collaboration for Change Conference

More than 170 medical professionals, educators, people with CVI, and families came together to discuss the current state of CVI research, major scientific initiatives, educational practices, and advocacy.

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

Meet our team

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    Jessie Cronan

    Senior Director of the CVI Center
    Meet Jessie
  • Headshot of Ellen Mazel

    Ellen Mazel, M.Ed., CTVI

    Director of CVI Research and Development at the CVI Center at Perkins
    Meet Ellen
  • 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 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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    Rachel Bennett, M.Ed

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

    Burju Sari, M.Ed., TVI

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

    Lacey Smith

    CVI Project Coordinator
    Meet Lacey
  • Lauren Moquin

    Program Associate for the CVI Center
    Meet Lauren

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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!