CVI Resources

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is a form of visual impairment caused by problems in the brain rather than in the eyes. It is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States and many other countries. These resources provide details for parents, individuals, teachers, practitioners, and others who want to learn more about CVI and best practices.

Written by an Occupational Therapist (OT), this 80-page document includes an overview of CVI, and information on the evaluation and education of children with CVI.

An overview of CVI, including characteristics and teaching strategies

Source: Blind Babies Foundation

This article cautions against oversimplification of a complex condition, which is not an eye condition but a brain condition. Morse notes that all children with CVI do not exhibit the same behavior, a single approach does not work for all children, and treatment is a dynamic process.

Source: Dr. Mary T. Morse

Numerous videos by Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy on CVI, including an Overview of CVI, CVI Range, Strategies and Programming Planning and more.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Information and resources on CVI, including videos, online classes, and information on the CVI Endorsement.

Source: Perkins eLearning

This three-part multimedia presentation covers an introduction to CVI, case studies, and intervention strategies.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Information on all aspects of cortical visual impairment (CVI), including introductory materials, CVI products, research, and resources.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

NCDB is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for information about deafblindness. While most resources focus on the needs of children and youth, there is wealth of information here in the Adult Services section.

Numerous tips, activities, and resources to adapt books and literacy materials for children with CVI.

Source: Paths to Literacy

24-page document has practical suggestions for early intervention, and strategies for pre-school, elementary, and high school; includes students with multiple disabilities.

Source: Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

This research lab focuses on issues of vision impairment and neuroplasticity. Check out the site for reports on current research done by the lab on topics including visual impairment, CVI, spatial cognition, and related topics. 

Source: The Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity