Cortical/ Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is a brain-based visual impairment. That means the eye itself is healthy, but due to brain damage the brain doesn’t interpret incoming visual information in a consistent way. It is the leading cause of visual impairment in children in the United States, and other developed countries. CVI often presents with other neurological disorders. Researchers suspect there are a large number of children with multiple disabilities who have CVI but have not yet been diagnosed.
Due to multiple factors, complexity being a major one (of environment and/or materials for example) children with CVI are inconsistently able to access visual information. This impacts long term development of a “visual library”, and visual understanding of the world, and learning overall. There are specific behaviors associated with CVI, and these are assessed using a range of tools, including the Roman-Lantzy CVI Range, the TEACHCVI Inventories, and Matt Tietjen’s “What’s the Complexity” assessment.
Children with CVI have the potential to improve their visual understanding of the world, given appropriate assessment and intervention. The techniques for instructing and providing intervention services for a child with CVI differ greatly from those for children with other types of blindness and visual impairments.
Features of visual impairment due to brain damage will be discussed, along with assessment of children with this condition. Appropriate interventions for these children that take into account individual differences, the learning environment, and the need for multidisciplinary teamwork will also be addressed.
- What is CVI?
- Differences between ocular visual impairment and cortical/cerebral visual impairment
- Diagnoses typically associated with CVI- what are typical “red flags” of potential CVI from a child’s diagnosis?
- Review of behaviors typically associated with CVI
- CVI screening tool
- Examples of the types of accommodations for children with CVI
- Resources related to CVI
On completion of the workshop, participants will learn:
- What is CVI?
- Behaviours typically associated with CVI
- How to utilize a CVI screening tool
- Examples of accommodations for children with CVI
- Resources related to CVI
Who Can Benefit?
This course is suitable for both educational and health care professionals (practicing and pre-service levels) who work with children with disabilities, or are interested in learning more about children with disabilities, particularly children with visual impairment and/or unusual/ complex visual behaviours. It is also suitable for parents of children with visual impairment and/or unusual/ complex visual behaviours. It will be of interest to special educators, rehabilitation staff/ therapists (including occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists), eye health professionals (ophthalmologists, optometrists, etc.), related health professionals, and parents.
- Please note that registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis and course fees must be paid prior to closing date to reserve a place.
- Payment of fees is not a guarantee for the event to be staged as planned. Should the event be cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be made to all registered participants and no other claims are allowed. The organiser disclaims responsibility should any change in the event occur for any reason.
- Participants to the course are not allowed to split registration for different persons.
- For 1 full day seminar, only one set of meal entitlement per day shall be given to the registered participants. For half day seminar, only coffee and tea will be provided.
- Food served will be “no pork and no lard”.
- No refund of fees for participant cancellations including medical leave but substitutions are allowed with written request to organizer at least two working days before the course commences.
- Registration will be taken as confirmed upon receipt of payment or issuance of invoice. Any cancellation will not be allowed. However, substitutions are allowed with written request to organizer at least two working days before the course commences. Please note that registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Payment must be received by due date, before attendance of training.
- All information provided in this form is accurate up to the closing date of normal registration
Tickets:Course Fee$450Early BirdClosed
Mon, 06 September 2021
2 Morning Sessions
Live Online Training
Suzie holds both a Master’s degree and a Certificate of Advanced Educational Studies from Boston College, as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, and a Transitional Specialist. She has received the Perkins-Roman CVI Range Endorsement. Suzie has worked as a TVI and COMS for 34 years with children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities from birth to 22 and their families. She has worked in rural and urban environments, as well as both itinerant and campus based services. Additionally, Suzie has provided teacher training and program development in the United States and in a number of other countries. Suzie previously served as a board member of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.