Classroom teachers, itinerant teachers, and IEP team members have a big job in September to make sure they have an understanding of each learner’s strengths and needs. There is no “one size fits all” when meeting the needs of our students with CVI (Cerebral/Cortical vision impairment). Take this very important time, at the beginning of the school year, to learn more about CVI and find resources to help have a successful school year.
What is CVI
Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is a brain-based visual impairment caused by damage to the visual pathways or visual processing areas of the brain. Visit CVI Now to access the latest research, insights, and best practice when working with students who have CVI.
Here are a few resources:
- Nine easy classroom adaptations can help kids with CVI is an article to show teachers how to make classroom environments more accessible.
- CVI Scotland website is devoted to sharing up to date information on CVI.
- Getting started with CVI assessments breaks down what are the responsibilities of a TVI (teacher of students with visual impairments), a FVA (functional vision assessement), a LMA (learning media assessment), and CVI specific tools available to use.
- CVI adaptations toolbox is an article from an itinerant TVI.
- CVI research library is peer-reviewed research about CVI, the visual system, and the brain. This library serves as the foundation for the Perkins CVI Protocol and will continue to evolve as new CVI research emerges.
- The Perkins CVI Protocol is rooted in the most current scientific research and is being developed in collaboration with leading academics in the field.
Make it a personal goal to learn more about students with CVI this month. Then, share your knowledge with others who may not be aware of what CVI is and how it affects many students in classrooms.