Events about CVI

What’s the Complexity? Workshop

This month I attended a full day workshop titled: “What’s the Complexity?” with creator, Matt Tietjen, M.Ed. CTVI. This assessment tool was developed to look at the characteristic of complexity as described in the work of Christine Roman-Lantzy in the CVI Range 2007.

The “What’s the Complexity?” framework takes a close look at the characteristic, Complexity,  that is most difficult to control and the characteristic that seems to effect children’s visual functioning to the greatest degree. It provides a way for parents and educational teams to assess complexity in all forms. It helps parents and teams choose appropriate materials, design appropriate environments matched to appropriate tasks and then to plan across the complete learning day for the student with CVI.

It focuses on all Phases of CVI (Christine Roman-Lantzy) but I believe is most valuable for the students functioning in Phase II and Phase III as they try to access pictures. The “What’s the Complexity?” framework also provides us with a well thought out system to assess the student’s interpretation of images. We evaluate the child’s understanding of photographs of their real items (my spoon), colored photographs of other classes of items (the class of spoons), understanding of realistic or abstract cartoon icons of items (spoons in cartoon form), colored icons (Mayer Johnson spoon) and black and white line drawings (black and white drawing of a spoon).

This is an important new tool for us as we serve our children with CVI. It will help support our recommendations for children’s accessible media. Fantastic!

I understand that a graduate class will be offered in September at Perkins elearning to deepen the understanding for using the “What’s the Complexity?” framework. I will certainly be signing up for this!

 

Perkins School for the Blind CVI Symposium April 7, 2017

Spread the word about this important event! It filled very quickly last year so sign up if you are interested.

CVI Symposium: Best Practices and Current Research presented by experts in CVI

Held at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts

Friday, April 7, 2017 8:30 sign-in, presentations 9:00-4:30 

$100.

6.5 ACVREPs, 6.5 PDPs, 6.5 CEs

There will be discussion about current research and best practice related to brain-based visual impairments.

From the website:

Topics and Presenters include: (with more to be confirmed)

  • Visual Processing and the Impact of Damage: What We Know and How We Know

Lotfi Merabet, O.D., Ph.D., MPH

Presenter TBD

  • Collaborative/Coordinate Care – The Importance of an Effective Team

Anne Fulton, Ophthalmologist

Rebecca Davis, parent

Ellen Mazel, Ed., CTVI

  • Literacy and O&M from Phase I to Phase III

Christine Roman-Lantzy, D.

Matt Tietjen, M.Ed., CTVI

Find out more at:

http://www.perkinselearning.org/earn-credits/onsite-training/cvi-best-practices-current-research

I believe this will also be available to watch after the symposium.

Free Active Learning Series

I can’t recommend this series strongly enough! I believe Active Learning is a core philosophy for providing our students and children ACCESS to materials and concepts for learning. Especially for children with CVI or children with multiple disabilities. The world must be brought to them to explore, wonder and experiment!

This is a free series, all online through Perkins eLearning. I’m signed up! It starts September 22 so don’t delay.

http://www.perkinselearning.org/videos/webinar/active-learning-5-part-webinar-series

From the site:

“In this series of Active Learning webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction. Attention will be given to organizing the student’s day and delivering both general curriculum and expanded core curriculum content using an Active Learning approach.”

 

 

University of Massachusetts Online CVI Class: Starts September 12th

VISN 648: Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment

Class #: 14819
Locaton: Online
Instructor: Ellen Mazel
Credits: 3

Course Description: This course provides an in-depth study of CVI and resources available for assessment and instructional strategies. Participants will further examine and explore the unique educational needs of children with CVI and the skills related to teaching these children in a full array of educational settings; Pre-K through grade 12. Topics include teaching strategies in the core and expanded core curriculums, such as: literacy, career-vocational skills, visual efficiency and compensatory auditory strategies. Instruction will also address material modifications and accommodations.

Required Text:

  1. Cortical Vision Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention
    • Author: Christine Roman-Lantzy
    • Copyright: 2007
    • Available from: www.afb.org

Common Terms for CVI

In preparing my materials for the upcoming onsite workshop March 7th at Perkins School for the Blind, I am once again reminded of the great debt owed to Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy in the field of cortical visual impairment. There was literally not one slide I prepared that did not contain information she gathered and researched or terminology she created and shared widely. These concepts have become common terms we use in our everyday descriptions of our children with CVI, and our CVI assessments, observations and strategies.

Here’s just a few:

  • CVI Range
  • CVI Characteristics
  • 10 terms as related to CVI: Color, Movement, Latency, Visual Field, Complexity, Lightgazing/Non-Purposeful Gaze, Visual Novelty, Visual Reflexes, Visual Motor, Distance
  • Phase I
  • Phase II
  • Phase III
  • Salient features
  • Color highlighting
  • Comparative thought
  • Scoring: Resolved
  • Scoring: +
  • Scoring: +/-
  • Scoring: –

A huge thank you, Dr. Roman Lantzy! What would we do without this common vocabulary to describe our children?

 

Although this onsite workshop is currently full, it will be recorded and made available by Perkins School for the Blind at some later date online.

Examining Some Perspectives on CVI: Conversations with Experts

Presented by Barry S. Kran, Darick W. Wright, Luisa Mayer, Christine Roman-Lantzy, Tracy Luiselli, Lotfi Merabet, Corinna Bauer, and Ellen Mazel

 

Examining Some Perspectives on CVI: Conversations with Experts

This is an upcoming CVI event at Perkins School for the Blind on March 7th, 2016.  It will be recorded and available on their website at some later date.  It is so important to come together to discuss this important topic! http://www.perkins.org/get-involved/events/examining-some-perspectives-on-cvi