The hidden disability you need to know about: Cortical / Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)

1 in 30Recent research shows up to 1 in 30 kids in mainstream classrooms have CVI-related vision difficulties.

Less than 20%of people with CVI in the US are diagnosed according to our research.

#1 causeCVI is the leading cause of childhood blindness. Based in the brain, it’s misunderstood and underdiagnosed.

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Kids with CVI CaN’T WAIT

Learn about CVI and earn credits

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 & group options

Scholarships are available. We’re committed to ensuring equitable access to continuing education on CVI.

  • Inquire for group options—custom packages available for your team or organization.
  • Email Lauren Moquin at [email protected] to learn more.

Upcoming Online Courses

Fall 2023

TBD (early 2024)

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.

September 25, 2023 – November 12, 2023

This course will provide an overview of Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) and its impact on Orientation and Mobility (O&M) instruction and assessment. Participants will gain an understanding of an overview of O&M and associated tasks in addition to an overview of CVI.

September 25, 2023 – November 19, 2023

Create low tech solutions with everyday objects, through the power of creative problem solving.

October 2, 2023 – November 19, 2023

An introduction to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and basic applications for children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities, or who are Deafblind.

Self-Paced Tutorials

Not sure where to start? Try a self-paced CVI course from the highlights below! Just click ‘view video‘ where present, or pay to earn professional development credits for this experience.

This training module guides you through the Visual Behaviors of cortical/cerebral 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.

Approach math from a perspective that incorporates multisensory learning and CVI adaptations, supports, and accommodations.

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The CVI Center

We are urgently confronting CVI

We’re on a mission to reach 50,000 kids with CVI in 3 years. Join us!

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Henry’s CVI was missed by doctors and educators until he was 5 years old.

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