In 2012, reading Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention for the first time, was not about reading about a complex neurological condition. As the parent of a child with cortical visual impairment (CVI), reading that book, was reading about my son. It was somebody describing my child to me. Everything that he did, all of his behaviors, came into focus and made sense. Ever since, I have continued to learn as much as possible about my son’s cortical visual impairment.
Seven years later, at the start of 2019, reading Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles is about reading about my son in Phase III CVI. At long last, this book is finally available to teach others about our children with CVI, and about the specific considerations of Phase III CVI. One week after its release, the book was #1 in Physical Disability Education and Disabled People Demographic Studies on Amazon. And they call it a low incidence disability.
While the intended audience is obviously far broader, so much of this book feels like it was written specifically for my child with CVI. The chapters on Phase III Cortical Visual Impairment, A Path to Literacy for Students Who Have CVI, What’s the Complexity contributed by Matt Tietjen, CVI and the Development of Social Skills, CVI and Orientation and Mobility, CVI and Deafblindess. This is our world. These are our challenges, our struggles, our progress, our successes. This book is how we live, every single day.
To all educators, physicians, teachers, therapists and providers who work with children who have CVI – these are our kids, this is our world of cortical visual impairment. CVI: Advanced Principles can be purchased here.