CVI: Cortical Visual Impairment
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Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is a major cause of low vision in children in the developed and developing world due to increasing survival in pediatric and neonatal care (Phillip & Dutton, 2014). CVI is also the most prevalent visual impairment for students at The Bridge School. Our students with CVI and Severe Speech and Physical Impairment (SSPI) have challenges that require specialized and appropriate vision accommodations that support them in meeting their educational potential.
Meeting the educational goals necessary to provide Bridge School students optimal opportunities for participation in areas of communication, education, and literacy, requires assessments and interventions that specifically address the unique needs of our students with CVI.
Working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team involving vision specialist, Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, parents, doctors, OTs, PTs, vision clinics and teachers of the visually impaired, The Bridge School team of teachers and SLPs are guided in the ongoing creation and implementation of CVI educational materials, teaching strategies, and AAC and AT accommodations that support a Bridge School student’s development of language and communication within an educational setting.