Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

Roughly one-third of students on the Georgia Sensory Assistance Project are diagnosed with cortical vision impairment (CVI). CVI refers to a brain condition, not an eye condition.  The brain has trouble processing the information sent from the eyes.  Because the brain, and not the eye is affected, the child’s problem seeing is much worse than can be explained by an eye exam. Students with CVI can show improvement in their visual skills with the proper intervention, so it is important that professionals and families learn as much as they can.

Learn more about CVI

CVI Training Materials (West Virginia Department of Education)
West Virginia educators took part in a training series with Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy and these materials are the result of that training on Dr. Roman-Lantzy’s groundbreaking work on CVI including the CVI Range –an assessment of how CVI is impacting a child’s use of vision, and ideas for intervention strategies for children at different levels on the Range. The website includes a 40 minute overview of CVI, interviews with doctors describing characteristics of CVI and an explanation of the CVI Range.

Perkins Webcast on CVI-  An 18 minute webcast on CVI by Ellen Mazel

Characteristics of Cortical Visual Impairment Checklist (Special Education Service Agency)
A simple checklist that may indicate the presence of CVI.

APH CVI Website (American Printing House for the Blind)
The American Printing House has compiled articles, videos, materials and intervention strategies around cortical visual impairment.