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Mary Zatta, Ph.D.

Director of CVI Training

About

I first became aware of CVI when I was an administrator in the Deafblind Program at Perkins in 2000.  I have to admit that at the time, I really did not understand the significant impact of CVI and/or the potential for improvement.  Dr. Roman-Lantzy did provide some trainings at that time with the support of the New England Consortium of Deafblind Projects under the leadership of Dr. Tracy Evans-Luiselli for the staff in the DB program and, at the time, I thought we had all the information we needed!

Well…..now I know better!  Since moving into my current position as Director of Perkins eLearning and the Perkins Training Center in 2010 I have seen first hand the desperate need for training that teachers and related service providers have in this area.  It has become clear to me that the development of expertise in CVI is ongoing, multi-faceted, and challenging.

Since 2010 Perkins eLearning has held many webinars and webcasts on CVI which include experts such as Dr. Roman-Lantzy, Dr. Dutton, Dr. Lueck, Ellen Mazel, and Matt Tietjen.    We offer numerous online moderated and self-paced classes and tutorials on CVI as well as onsite and customized training and we still are not able to keep up with the demand from the field for training.

In addition to my role in professional development, I also support the work of Perkins International and have worked in over 20 developing countries over the past 30 years.  In recent years I have seen the identification of children with CVI increase in these countries much the same as what we are seeing here in the United States.