Background information to understand CVI

Matt Tietjen Webinar: The CVI Umbrella

This is a wonderful webinar by Matt Tietjen available from Perkins elearning

http://www.perkinselearning.org/videos/webinar/cvi-umbrella-community-ideas

As Matt says: “Teaching and supporting children with CVI is a richly rewarding experience that requires a joyful, fervent commitment to continuous learning. Fortunately, our field has many wonderful mentors who have dedicated their careers to furthering our understanding of CVI. In this conversation, I will share an integrated understanding of their ideas in the hope that such an approach will enrich your CVI journey as it has enriched mine”.

We are all on the path to learning more about CVI. Matt shares his journey and idea here!

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Spread the word! CVI Awareness! Awareness is the first step in advocacy!

For those not familiar with the color highlighting around words like “AWARENESS” in this sign, this is a method developed by Dr Christine Roman-Lantzy. It it meant to draw the visual attention to the word shape and salient features. Although in this example all the words are capital letters, you would not use all capital letters in reading programs with students.

 

Creating a Reality: Vision is a Construct

We each create our visual world based on visual access, visual expectations, visual predictions, and previous visual experiences.

This short video introduces you to Isaac Lidsky. He shares a profound perspective of how we create not only our visual realities, but all our realities.

 

https://www.ted.com/talks/isaac_lidsky_what_reality_are_you_creating_for_yourself/discussion?utm_campaign=Accellis%20Newsletter&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_pipPN06ey19jR5WiEp1S9sJ8GcVb7roYmz9IFw2PrYP9723bci3xEGvLLAjSD11WbVv4W

 

Lacking Visual Access Can Create Empty Language

This wonderful blog is by the mother of a child in Phase III who has CVI. It cautions us to “check in” to make sure the subject of our language and the materials for learning are well understood by the child.

We understand this so well for our students with ocular impairments but for children with CVI who appear to be looking, we must be very diagnostic. Are they understanding the concept fully or understanding what the learning materials represent?

For children with CVI, looking is not always understanding what is seen.

Click this link to the blog:

“Fire is so loud”

Perkins 2018 CVI Symposium

The Perkins 2018 CVI Symposium is available now to watch at Perkins CVI Hub

http://www.perkinselearning.org/cvi/educators/symposium/2018

Listen to the content areas:

Lessons Learned from a Parent Perspective – Burju Sari

A Neuro-Opthalmology Perspective:  The Brain, Current Research and Case Study presentation Lotfi Merabet, OD, Ph.D., MPH, Christopher R. Bennett, Ph.D., Corinna Bauer, Ph.D.

Current Best Practices from an Educational Perspective – Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D.

A Formula for Determination of Service Delivery – Lindsay Hillier, M.Ed.

Collaborative and Coordinated Care of Children with CVI– Anne Fulton, MD

Teaching Strategies for Students with CVI– Ellen Mazel, M.Ed.

Pediatric CVI Society Conference

I just returned from the Pediatric CVI Society conference in Omaha. It was two days filled with research, medical information, parent perspectives and educational information about CVI. This is such an important group that is leading the way in information building and sharing around serving our students with CVI. You can find them at http://www.pediatriccvisociety.org

Please consider a donation as they work to move this CVI field forward! I know my check is going out today.