Get a Knowledgeable TVI!

When I write a report for a child regarding functional vision or for transition to a new program, I always start by recommending the services of a teacher of students with visual impairments but with cautions:

“A certified teacher of students with visual impairments (CTVI) must be an integral member of Susan’s educational team providing continued visual assessment using the Christine Roman-Lantzy CVI Range 2007, and recommending accommodations, modifications and strategies to build vision from that assessment. It is essential that this TVI understand cortical visual impairment (CVI), the CVI Range assessment and how to create environments and strategies to build visual skills.   This assessment should focus on determining Susan’s optimal visual learning environment around near learning and increasing visual access to distance information, visual complexity, auditory complexity, understanding of 2 dimensional materials (photographs, pictures and 2D symbols), visual motor abilities, using compensatory skills and using all visual fields. This service should include consultation with specialists and parents and providing in-service training as needed regarding assessment results. CVI assessment using the CVI Range should occur at least twice per year.”

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