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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children:
                Visual Impairment Due to Damage to the Brain

Cortical/ Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is a brain-based visual impairment. That means the eye itself is healthy, but due to brain damage the brain doesn’t interpret incoming visual information in a consistent way. It is the leading cause of visual impairment in children in the developing world, including the United States, and it often presents with other neurological disorders. Researchers suspect there are a large number of children with multiple disabilities who have CVI but have not yet been diagnosed.

Due to multiple factors, complexity being a major one (of environment and/or materials for example) children with CVI are inconsistently able to access visual input. This impacts long term development of a “visual library”, and visual understanding of the world. There are specific behaviors associated with CVI, and these are assessed using a range of tools, including the Roman-Lantzy CVI Range, the TEACHCVI Inventories, and Matt Tietjen’s “What’s the Complexity” assessment.

The techniques for instructing and providing intervention services for a child with CVI differ greatly from those for children with other types of blindness and visual impairments. Children with CVI have the potential to improve their use of vision, given appropriate assessment and intervention.

Features of visual impairment due to brain damage will be discussed, along with assessment of children with this condition. Methods are presented to design appropriate interventions for these children that take into account individual differences, the learning environment, and the need for multidisciplinary teamwork.

Dates:16 and 17 July 2020 (Thu and Fri)
Time:8.00am - 11.00am (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Susan Abu-Jaber, Perkins International

Suzie holds both a Master’s degree and a Certificate of Advanced Educational Studies from Boston College, as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, and a Transitional Specialist. She has received the Perkins-Roman CVI Range Endorsement and for the last two years worked as the CVI Mentor for the high school program at Perkins. Suzie has worked as a TVI and COMS for over 30 years with children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities from birth to 22 and their families. She has worked in both rural and urban environments, as well as both itinerant and campus based services. Additionally, Suzie has provided teacher training and program development in the United States and in a number of other countries. Suzie previously served as a board member of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Course Outline


  • What is CVI?
  • Differences between ocular visual impairment and cortical/cerebral visual impairment
  • Diagnoses typically associated with CVI- what are typical “red flags” of potential CVI from a child’s diagnosis?
  • Review of behaviors typically associated with CVI
  • CVI screening tool
  • Examples of the types of accommodations for children with CVI
  • Resources related to CVI
Course Objectives

On completion of the workshop, participants will learn:

  • What is CVI?
  • Behaviours typically associated with CVI
  • How to utilize a CVI screening tool
  • Examples of accommodations for children with CVI
  • Resources related to CVI
Who Can Benefit?

This course is suitable for both educational and health care professionals (practicing and pre-service levels) who work with children with disabilities, or are interested in learning more about children with disabilities, particularly children with visual impairment and/or unusual/ complex visual behaviours. It is also suitable for parents of children with visual impairment and/or unusual/ complex visual behaviours. It will be of interest to special educators, rehabilitation staff/ therapists (including occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists), eye health professionals (ophthalmologists, optometrists, etc.), related health professionals, and parents.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) / pax / seminar
Normal Till Full 450 400