Division on Visual Impairments


A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 66, Issue 2 30 Christopher Russell, NY Deafblind Collaborative, christopher.russell@qc.cuny.edu Jennifer Willis, ToD Connections Beyond Sight & Sound, jcwillis@umd.edu Cortical visual impairment (CVI) is a neurological form of visual impairment which has unique implications for functional vision. CVI is the most prevalent cause of childhood visual impairment in the U.S. (Chang & Borchert, 2021); however, it is a condition that is underreported, underdiagnosed, and undertreated (Roman-Lantzy, 2018). This form of visual impairment requires a very different approach to instructional supports and environmental/material adaptations as compared with ocular visual impairments. When provided with appropriate, assessment-based interventions, children and youth with CVI can be expected to demonstrate measurable progress in visual functioning over time. The CVI Range (Roman-Lantzy, 2007; Rev. 2018) is an instrument used to assess the functional vision of individuals with CVI along a Range of visual functioning, The Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)/Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Matrix: Unique Considerations for Integrated Assessment and Intervention

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