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Cerebral-Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

Presented by the Medical-Educational-Therapeutic Evaluation (METE) Team


October 1, 2016, at seresc in bedford nh

Who Should Attend?

Teams of professionals (teachers, therapists, paraprofessionals, nurses and others) who work with infants, toddlers, school-age children or adults who have neurological insults.

Description/Anticipated Outcomes

Cerebral/Cortical visual impairment (CVI) is a brain-based visual disability, and is the most prevalent visual handicap in the United States among students. CVI also is one of the most confusing visual conditions to understand and typically is associated with individuals who have neurological disabilities. Although this association is valid, there also is a large group of individuals who have near normal visual acuity but have no identified neurological disabilities, or may not be identified as having a visual disability at all. Both groups may have a range of other behaviors or hidden disabilities that mask the presence of CVI.

This half-day session will:

(a) define CVI,

(b) discuss CVI as associated with individuals who have obvious neurological disabilities and those who for whom there is little or no concerns regarding vision,

(c) compare the characteristics of these two groups of individuals and differentiate them from other students who may have no visual disabilities and those who have ocular disabilities,

d) explore the impact of both types of CVI on communication, social interaction, self-recognition, learning and personal safety, and

e. discuss strategies to consider when working with individuals who have Cerebral/ Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).

As a result of attending, Participants will:

  • Cite at least four (4 ) functional behavioral benchmarks to watch for as indicators of possible Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).
  • Discuss possible hidden disabilities associated with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment ( CVI.
  • Recall three (3) strategies to consider when working with individuals who have CVI.

About the Presenter, Mary Morse, Ph.D.

Mary Morse, Ph.D. has more than 35 years of experience in the field of special education, primarily on behalf of students who have multiple disabilities including those who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind. She has worked in public and private schools, universities, and medical settings. She developed and, for 12 years, directed New Hampshire's statewide services (MICE) for infants and young children diagnosed with multi-sensory disabilities. She is engaged in a variety of research projects including a longitudinal study of students with cerebral/cortical visual impairment and students with facial recognition problems. Dr. Morse has published numerous articles and chapters in several books. She has received many regional and national awards for her work. Her services are provided in her home state of New Hampshire and throughout New England, the United States and in many other countries.

Time Ordered Agenda

8:00 - 8:30 am Check-in, Continental Breakfast, Networking

8:30 am Introductions and overview

9:00 am What is Vision? What it takes to see. What it takes to understand.

9:30 am What is Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)? Case study and participant observations. Functional behavioral benchmarks.

10:30 am Break

10:45 am Possible hidden disabilities associated with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Case Study

11:15-11:45 Strategies, strategies and more strategies.

11:45 am

-12:00 pm Wrap-up and Discussion

12:00 pm Adjourn

Registration Information

Certificate of Attendance available for 3 Contact Hours.

Check-in, continental breakfast and networking starts at 8:00 am.

Session begins at 8:30 am and ends at 12:00 pm.


$85.00 Per Participant

Registration Closes on 9/26/16. To inquire about available seats after this deadline, contact sabrina@seresc.net Every effort will be made to accommodate your need.

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