Resources on Cortical Visual Impairment

Below are resources on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).

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.

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 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.

Strategy to See – Diane Sheline, TVI, provides strategies, suggestions and techniques to parents and others who hope to encourage more consistent and efficient use of vision in children with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment.

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.

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.