Upcoming courses

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Intermediate January 22, 2024 – March 10, 2024

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)

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 Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI).

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Introductory January 22, 2024 – February 25, 2024

Planning Transition for Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities (winter session)

This course helps members of the educational team become more effective transition team members. Plan and administer individualized, age-appropriate, and culturally responsive assessments to develop appropriate activities.

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Introductory January 29, 2024 – March 24, 2024

Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment: A Foundational Overview and Understanding

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.

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Intermediate January 29, 2024 – March 24, 2024

CVI Ally: Creating Academic Access for and with Students with CVI

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

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Intermediate February 5, 2024 – March 31, 2024

Understanding the Whole Learner: An Occupational Therapy Approach to Supporting Individuals with CVI for Clinicians and Educational Team Members

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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Specifically geared toward students who have cortical visual impairment (CVI) and who are considered to be in Phase III CVI, this course addresses the dispositions of the Conceptual Framework.

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Literacy and CVI: High Phases II and III

Support literacy achievement for students in late Phase II through Phase III who are ready to learn to read print.

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Multimedia Accessibility in the Digital Classroom: Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments

Expand your knowledge of current tools to access multimedia content, along with ways to integrate technology into a student’s workflow in the classroom.

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Essential Assessments for Students with Visual Impairments

Gain understanding of the three assessments included in the essential assessments (EA): functional vision assessment (FVA), learning media assessment (LMA), and screening and assessment in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) content areas.


The CVI Range Approach

This 10-week course will provide an overview and practice in reliably scoring the CVI Range,  a functional vision assessment for children with CVI that determines the degree of effect of the visual and behavioral characteristics associated with brain-based visual impairment, and review the causes, characteristics, and medical conditions associated with CVI.

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Augmentative-Alternative Communication Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities

Learn the foundations of communication and AAC, design lessons and identify key intervention strategies for visually impaired users getting started with AAC devices.


The What’s the Complexity Framework: Designing a visually accessible school day for the child with CVI

Use the “What’s the Complexity” Framework to design a visually accessible school day for children with CVI.

Teaching resources for the classroom and home

Paths to Literacy

Explore activities and resources designed to teach literacy to children and youth with visual impairments, including those who are deafblind and/or have multiple disabilities. Designed for teachers and families.

Paths to Technology

Educators, families, and students can share information about technology for students with visual impairments and blindness.

Accessible Science

Explore activities and resources to make science accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired. Browse lessons in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Earth & Space, and Engineering & Technology.

The knowledge you need to teach kids of all abilities

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CVI (Cortical / Cerebral Visual Impairment) is the leading cause of visual impairment of children in the U.S. Learn the basics, discover the tools and find new resources from our experts.

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As a Perkins student, Maggie’s educational curriculum has been bolstered with a focus on transitional skill building.


By working together, parents, children and professionals can build a transition planning roadmap to a happier, fulfilling adult life.

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Assistive technology

Assistive technology plays a huge role in how students learn, communicate, read and play. Learn what assistive technology means for thousands of people with disabilities.

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Multiple disabilities & deafblindness

Children with multiple disabilities have the right to learn and thrive, yet they are often invisible and excluded from school and community life. Learn how to create innovative and engaging programs for children.

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Expanded Core Curriculum

The Expanded Core Curriculum empowers students with disabilities to access their education and make their own choices throughout life.

Watch and learn

Whether you’re a parent of a child who is visually impaired or a teacher of students with multiple disabilities, our free video presentations will inspire and inform you.

From short-teachable moments to recorded live broadcasts, you can learn from experts on a variety of specific topics related to blindness and visual impairment. All videos are fully captioned and accompanied by a transcript.

Courses for credit

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Our instructor-led courses are a collaborative learning experience with a cohort of professionals with similar needs and interests.

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Our self-paced courses allow you to learn on your own schedule. Course topics include communication, visual impairment, and curriculum. Professional development credits are available for purchase.

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Earning credits

Many of our professional development options include the opportunity to earn different types of professional development credits.

We offer customized trainings for school districts and professionals

Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is the leading cause of visual impairment in school-age children. To best serve your students, you need CVI expertise in your schools. 

For a cost-effective professional development program for your staff, turn to Perkins eLearning’s customizable training packages, which can meet the needs of school districts of every size. Fill out the form below to learn more about how Perkins can tailor our CVI training for you.

You can expect the following—and more—from a Perkins’ CVI customized training:

  • An inclusive, evidence-based approach.
  • Courses led by world-renowned leading theorists, including expertise from Perkins.
  • A wide range of course curriculums from a foundational overview of CVI to advanced topics like assessments, interventions, and teaching strategies.

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