The expectation of improvement is the hallmark of CVI. The identification of CVI, the assessment using the CVI Range (Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention By Christine Roman-Lantzy) and the assessment-driven programming helps identify the child’s visual functioning. The assessment drives appropriate goals and objectives using strategies around the 10 characteristics. The frequent and ongoing reassessment charts the progress and reduction of CVI environmental supports.
I have had many students over the years and each and every one has made improvements as measured by the CVI Range. Several children have progressed in dramatic ways, moving from functioning as a child with severely limited vision to a child that uses vision to access the world. Improvement doesn’t happen without full understanding of CVI and how CVI affects these individual children. Inservices yearly for every new staff member is essential for this shared understanding. “Additional Information” on the IEP is the perfect place to note this. Collaboration of family and teams to provide 24/7 visual supports provide the possibility for the growth of vision skills. When progress is made, it is this coordinated, planned use of appropriate supports that build children’s vision.