Learn about CVI

Below are resources on cortical visual impairment (CVI).

A Primer on Cortical Visual Impairment by Sharon Lehman, MD – We owe the parents of children with CVI a better explanation of their child’s condition. In the past, cortical visual impairment was called cortical “blindness,” with a perceived poor prognosis. Although some patients may not have any improvement, studies have shown that the majority of patients have at least some improvement in vision.9 It is important to communicate this fact to families when the diagnosis of cortical visual impairment is made.

American Foundation for the Blind – AFB’s information page on Cortical Visual Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Neurological Vision Loss.

American Printing House (APH) page on CVI – APH’s page on cortical visual impairment includes topics such as assessment, federal quota, Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), Orientation & Mobility (O&M) and more.

NEW! Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention, 2nd Edition by Christine Roman-Lantzyessential reading for everyone who works with a child who has CVI. This book provides educators, parents, physicians, and therapists with an understanding of the condition and a complete framework for assessment and intervention. This newly revised second edition brings the book up-to-date with new research and insights into CVI, its development and progression, and the best approaches to assessment and intervention with children affected by this condition. As in the previous edition, assessment forms, including the CVI Range and CVI Progress Chart, provide a comprehensive method for evaluating the functional vision status of, and program planning for, children with CVI.

CVi Connect CVi Connect is an iPad application for use by families, educators, medical professionals and others in support of children with Cortical Visual Impairment. The CVi Connect app is based on the lifelong work of Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy.

CVI Neuroplasticity Research Group – Cortical visual impairment (CVI) is the leading cause of permanent visual impairment in children in developed countries. Despite this significant public health concern, it remains poorly understood and more research is needed to fully understand how the developing brain reorganizes itself in response to early damage. The goal of this investigation is to establish a conceptual framework relating sensory function with structural brain reorganization to better understand the underlying developmental neurophysiology of individuals with CVI. They can also be found on Facebook.

CVI Resources – A professional in the field of visual impairment since 1973; specializing in cortical visual impairment (CVI). Christine Roman-Lantzy’s website is for families and professionals who have asked for a reliable method to contact her for information or support regarding children with visual impairment/CVI.

CVI Scotland – CVI Scotland is devoted to sharing and developing our understanding of CVI. Posts on behaviors such as CVI meltdowns, auditory processing disorders, and parent accounts, are especially helpful. It includes a blog by Dr Gordon Dutton. And a  blog by Nicola McDowell, an adult with CVI who shares what the sensory experience is like for a person who has CVI.

CVI Teacher blog – Ellen Mazel is a TVI who works with students with visual impairments, deafblindness and cortical visual impairment.  She teaches Cortical Visual Impairment: Assessment and Education in the Vision Studies graduate program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has studied CVI with Christine Roman-Lantzy for 10 years.

Little Bear Sees – Little Bear Sees is a great starting point for families and others who are new to CVI.

Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society – The mission of the PCVI Society is to advocate for improvement in the quality of life of children with vision loss due to brain disorder, disease or injury.

Perkins eLearning: Perkins eLearning offers continuing education credits, and several  webcasts on cortical visual impairment.

Perkins-Roman CVI Range© Endorsement: Members of your child’s educational team should be CVI Endorsed. CVI has become the leading cause of visual impairment in children in the U.S. and developed countries. Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and other vision specialists, receive very little, if any, formal training in CVI at the pre-service level. Perkins School for the Blind and Dr. Christine Roman believe every child with a visual impairment, including every child with CVI, should have a TVI on his/her IEP Team. We also believe that every child with CVI should have an IEP Team member with recognized and endorsed expertise specific to The CVI Range©.

Statement on Cortical Visual Impairment – In August 2008, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) brought together an advisory group to provide guidance and clarity on a range of issues related to cortical visual impairment (CVI), includes a working definition of CVI.

Team Approach to CVI (download from National Center on Deaf-Blindness) – created by Donna Shaman, an OT in Washington State, A Team Approach serves as a manual for school IEP teams working with students who have CVI.

This Type of Blindness Technically Isn’t an Eye Problem by Amy Whipple – a parent author describes cortical visual impairment. A must read for parents and providers of children with CVI. “The child sees what we see, but they can’t interpret it.”

West Virginia Department of Education – Christine Roman-Lantzy addresses a variety of topics around CVI including Early Intervention, Multi Disciplinary Teams, Strategies and Program Planning, and CVI and Social Development.

Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Childen – WPSBC’s informational page on CVI includes a CVI Assessments and Strategies brochure.