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Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment: A National Conversation

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Please join us for Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment: A National Conversation. The American Foundation for the Blind and the American Printing House for the Blind have teamed up to sponsor this motivating, informative dialogue. It is designed to unite a core group of people who will work together to build upon prior knowledge, initiate research, and discuss best practice interventions in support of the CVI population. This event will take place on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at the AFB Leadership Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

The format of the workshop consists of panels of speakers focused on specific topics. Each speaker will be allotted a designated amount of time to address a previously provided question on their topic. Each session will be followed by Q&A from the audience. See the tentative agenda below for more information.

The program is designed to support participants and presenters in developing practical outcomes that will positively impact the CVI population. It is anticipated that these outcomes will be carried over for further collaboration and action at upcoming conferences.

The intended audience is teachers of students with visual impairments, orientation and mobility specialists, early interventionists, parents, administrators, and university faculty with a firm understanding of CVI. It is assumed that participants possess basic knowledge about CVI. There will be no introductory material. AFB will be offering a bundled package of relevant JVIB articles as recommended reading prior to the CVI workshop. Attendance is limited and will be first-come, first-served.

Short presentations will be given during the lunch period.

Cost: $15.00 (lunch provided). Attendees must register for Thursday and indicate on the registration form that they plan to attend this workshop.

Tentative Agenda (Times and presenters are subject to change)

10:00–10:15 Introductions/Our Mission for the Meeting/Agenda (George Abbott, Director, AFB Press and Professional Development)

10:15–10:45 Literature Review (Mindy Ely, EL VISTA Project, Coordinator, Illinois State University)
Panel presentations: Facilitator, Susan Sullivan, CVI Project Leader, APH)

10:45–12:15 Assessments (Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D., CVI Resources; Amanda Hall Lueck, Ph.D., Professor Emeriti, San Francisco State University; Dr. Lotfi Merabet, OD, Ph.D., MPH, Director, The Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School)

12:15–12:45 Q & A

12:45–2:15 Lunch with “Quick Shares”

2:15–2:45 Role of the TVI when addressing Mild/Academic CVI (Mary Morse, Ph.D., TVI, Private Practice)

2:45–3:15 Role of the TVI when addressing Severe/Multiple Disabilities CVI (Michelle Clyne, M.S.Ed., TVI, Deaf-Blind Specialist, EI, Coordinator, Project Reach: Illinois Deaf-Blind Services, Philip J. Rock Center and School)

3:15–3:45 Q & A

3:45–4:15 CVI material in the University curriculum (Chris Clark-Bischke, Ph.D., Director, Multi-University Consortium, University of Utah)

4:15–4:30 Q & A

4:30–5:30 Next steps (George Abbott and Susan Sullivan)

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