A picture of Tina outside in front of a fence wearing sunglasses

Tina Zhu Xi Caruso

CVI Advocate, Adult with CVI, Photographer


Tina Zhu Xi Caruso is an international transracial adoptee from China. She was adopted at 11 months and grew up in the Boston Area.

By age six, she was diagnosed with Nystagmus as well as Dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities. She received special education services at school but struggled with not being able to see. Her doctors and teachers recognized she had tracking challenges and but didn’t understand the extent of her vision issues.

She was diagnosed with CVI at age 19. Tina is currently a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, majoring in photography. Tina is a visually impaired photographer who sees the world differently. She is passionate about spreading awareness about CVI by capturing how she sees the world with a camera. Tina would love to share what she sees with others because CVI is a spectrum.

Most recently Tina has been enjoying being part of the Boston chapter of Achilles International, the only fully inclusive running group in the world for people living with disabilities to socialize by running, walking or rolling together. Through Achilles she also gets to take photos at marathons and Achilles’ events.

Recently, Tina was pleased to be included in the children’s book What I Can Be is Up to Me by Kirsten Smedley and illustrated by Kim Crothers. Thanks to CVI Awareness and activism from a teacher of the visual impaired named Diana Garcia-Mejia The book features young people with all kinds of blindness, low vision and CVI to empower readers to see that everyone has unique abilities.


Disclosures for 2024 CVI Conference: Building Meaningful Recognition
Tina Zhu Xi Caruso is not being paid for her presentation, but her registration fees are being waived.

Tina Zhu Xi Caruso does not have any nonfinancial relationships to disclose.