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Adapting Classroom Materials for a Student with CVI

Strategies for adapting materials for a student with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment)

These materials were designed to be used with a student with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).  These materials have proven very effective when presenting to him in his classroom. I created a folder for the student made up of black felt sheets outlined in yellow and red duct tape, sparkle poster numbers and letters with scratchy velcro on the back of each, sparkle pipe cleaners and mini pom poms.

Learn more about Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy’s CVI Rating Scale.

  • black felt sheets
  • red and yellow duct tape
  • sparkle poster numbers
  • letters with scratchy velcro on the back
  • sparkly pipe cleaners
  • mini pom-poms

The red number nine is paired with 9 yellow items. The frame is outlined with yellow duct tape to call the student’s visual attention to it.

Materials enhanced for students with CVI

Use red or yellow numerals on a black background.  Outline the black background with yellow or red duct tape.  Beware of glare!

Sparkly red poster numbers    Reflective yellow numbers

red box inside a yellow box

red triangle and square on black background with red frame

3 red pom poms on black background with red frame
  • The student can match red items to the corresponding red number or yellow numbers to yellow items, depending on color preference.
  • Red numbers can be matched to yellow items, as the CVI is resolving.

CVI Materials collage


Student wrtiing on an adapted handwriting paper with four lines and highlighted
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