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Jonathan Graves

CVI Coordinator

About

I entered into the field of visual impairment because I wanted to help children develop independence throughout the course of their education and beyond.  I began this journey at the intersection of braille and assistive technology, but as I have come to realize the broad and deep need for resources and intervention around CVI, the philosophy of advocating for independence has held true.  My goal is to foster student’s independence in their home, classroom, and community by paving the way to visual accessibility.

After early training in international studies and conflict resolution, I decided to shift directions and began working in special education in a day school program, where I met my first students with CVI–and like so many educators at that time, I did not know how to help them reach their fullest potential.  I went on to train as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, and worked in both classroom and itinerant roles for several years, focusing on supporting students through assistive technology.

In 2017, I had the opportunity to establish a vision intervention program for children with CVI at an interdisciplinary therapy clinic for children with complex needs in the Middle East, with the support and mentorship of Dr. Christine Roman Lantzy.  I provided assessment and instruction to students, and training on best practices in CVI education to teachers, therapists, doctors, and families.  More importantly, I saw firsthand the profound improvement in quality of life that appropriate visual accommodations can make for children with CVI.  I continue to champion this visual access through impactful collaborations with the skillful teams at Perkins.

I hold a Master’s of Education Vision Studies from University of Massachusetts,  Boston, and am a Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist.  I also serve on the board of the  Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society (PCVIS).