CVI Family Vacation

A mom and her daughter outside at the playground

Families can enjoy playtime on Perkins' accessible playground and waterparks.

This summer, enjoy a weekend of fun and learning for the whole family at Perkins School for the Blind. CVI Family Vacation is a three-day getaway designed to bring families of children with cortical visual impairment (CVI) together to learn from CVI experts like Ellen Mazel while relaxing and enjoying recreational activities on our picturesque Watertown campus.

Mark your calendars: CVI Family Vacation will be held August 10-13, 2018. 

Activities for everyone

CVI Family Vacation is meant for entire families to attend together, including children with CVI and their siblings (all children must be between the ages of 5 and 16). Our schedule of activities includes a mix of recreation and learning opportunities for every member of your family – from art and crafts sessions for kids led by CVI specialists, to workshops for parents, to paddle boating adventures on the Perkins Pond.

Others activities include:

  • Opportunities to connect with other families during meals and social activities
  • Music and art activities specifically designed for children with CVI
  • Interactive sessions for parents on topics related to raising a child with CVI, led by Perkins experts
  • Games and activities for all children
  • Playtime on Perkins’ fully accessible playground and waterparks

Learn from experts

As parents, we know you want to learn as much as you can about your child’s vision and learning needs. Perkins is a leader in CVI, and our educators are at the forefront of efforts to develop new strategies and best practices for assessing and working with the growing number of students who have this unique visual impairment.

During CVI Family Vacation, parents will have the opportunity to learn from one of our foremost experts on CVI, Ellen Mazel, Lotfi Merabet and Perkins Program Mentors about strategies for accessibility at home and how to strengthen their advocacy skills in public schools. In addition, each family will receive a free 30-minute interview where they can discuss their child’s unique challenges and learn techniques to address them.

What you can expect to take away from your interview:

  • New information and strategies related to CVI and your child
  • A CVI training powerpoint to share with your child’s team
  • Handouts on IEP components
  • A copy of the CVI Range assessment tool
  • A visual scheduling template that includes CVI strategies

Accommodations

Families will stay overnight in one of three modern residential cottages on our Watertown campus. Each cottage is fully accessible, and families will have a chance to learn about adaptations they can make in their home to encourage their child’s safety and independence. Cottages are structured to allow families to room together, with kitchens available on site.   

Schedule of arrival and departure

Families are invited to join us between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Friday to settle in before dinner. Two full days of activities and meals will follow on Saturday and Sunday. To conclude the event, families will have breakfast together on Monday morning before departure.

Schedule of events

Friday, August 10

  • 3:30-5:30 p.m. Arrive and settle in
  • 5:30 p.m. Group dinner

Saturday, August 11

  • 8:00 a.m. Family breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Parent programming and supervised children's activities
  • 12:00 p.m. Family lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Quiet hour
  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Parent programming and supervised children's activities
  • 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Family recreation 
  • 6:00 p.m. Family dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. Family evening activity
  • 9:00 p.m. Quiet time

Sunday, August 12

  • 8:00 a.m. Family breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Parent programming and supervised children's activities
  • 12:00 p.m. Family lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Quiet hour
  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Parent programming and supervised children's activities
  • 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Family recreation 
  • 6:00 p.m. Family dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. Family evening activity
  • 9:00 p.m. Quiet time

Monday, August 13

  • 8:00 a.m. Family breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Families pack up and depart

Cost

CVI Family Vacation has received generous funding from supporters of Perkins School for the Blind. As a result, we’re able to offer a price of $400 per adult and $200 per child. These prices include all meals, accommodations and activities, including a 30-minute interview with a CVI expert. Some need-based scholarships are available. Please contact us at CVIFamilyVacation@Perkins.org if you think you may qualify.