1 in 30Recent research shows up to 1 in 30 kids in mainstream classrooms have CVI-related vision difficulties.
#1 causeCVI is the leading cause of childhood blindness. Based in the brain, it’s misunderstood and underdiagnosed.
The CVI Center at Perkins is a leader in CVI training. We’re here to support you through your CVI learning journey every step of the way. Our professional development offerings are rooted in current science and promising practices, and center the lived experiences of people with CVI. They are designed for educators, service providers (TVIs, O&Ms, OTs, PTs, SLPs), school administrators, and parents. Our offerings include:
Scholarships are available. We’re committed to ensuring equitable access to continuing education on CVI.
An inclusive overview of cortical/cerebral visual impairment describing the condition, its causes and associated medical conditions, and the educational and development impacts of brain-based visual impairment.
Workshop participants will learn about dorsal and ventral stream dysfunctions and how the whole brain is used to map space and complete tasks relevant to O&M.
Support literacy achievement for students in late Phase II through Phase III who are ready to learn to read print.
Explore a deeper understanding of the ways CVI can impact the various school domains/subject areas, and ways in which teams can support students in having an accessible academic experience.
Review the purpose of AAC, the visual behaviors of CVI, and considerations around assessment, design, implementation, data collection, and collaboration. Design and implement an augmentative and alternative communication system (AAC) for individuals with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).
Review the neurological foundations of visual perception and sensory basis of vision and development, as well as delve into occupational therapy evaluation and intervention procedures for learners with CVI.
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This training module guides you through the Visual Behaviors of cerebral/cortical visual impairment, as defined by the CVI Center at Perkins School for the Blind.
Access to learning and the environment must begin with supporting sensory regulation by addressing the foundational sensory needs (interoceptive, proprioceptive, and vestibular).
Hear answers to parent questions about CVI promising practices, how to make learning perceivable, meaningful, and motivating, and more from Marguerite Tibaudo, TVI and Deafblind Specialist.
Visual fatigue is likely one of the most common shared experiences among individuals with CVI. Research shows that there is a neurological and physiological reason why individuals with CVI become so easily fatigued. We will explore the science behind visual fatigue and how the neural network of a CVI brain is “fundamentally different”; what individuals with CVI and parents of children with CVI say about what visual fatigue looks and feels like; and ideas for how a multi-sensory approach can help reduce visual fatigue and ensure access to learning and the environment throughout the day.
Object identification, gaze behavior, and image saliency analysis.
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