Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Workshop Series

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 11/7/2020 11:59 PM
Last Date to Cancel: 11/7/2020 11:59 PM
Agency: Metro ECSU
Agency Contact: Kayna Plaisted
Agency Assistant: Gail Jankowski 612-638-1522
Audience: IEP Team Members - work with CVI or other low incidence needs
Location: Virtual Meeting
Facility: Virtual Meeting
11/9/2020 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
11/10/2020 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
11/11/2020 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
11/12/2020 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Cortical Visual Impairment Workshop Series

Dates:  Monday, November 9-12, 2020

Time:  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.


  • $25 for MN Parents & other IEP Team Members who service students with cortical visual impairment and/or low incidence needs (i.e., Deaf/Hard of Hearing, blind / Visually Impaired, Deafblind etc.)
  • $125 for all other interested individuals


Presenter: Chris Russell is the Project Coordinator for the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative, and has experience as a classroom teacher and Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) working with children who have visual impairments and additional disabilities including deaf-blindness. Chris specializes in severe and multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness, cortical visual impairment, curriculum adaptations for children with visual impairments and additional disabilities, and instructional strategies supporting communication development for children with pre-symbolic communication. He has the Perkins-Roman CVI Range Endorsement, and conducts training on CVI across NY state and nationally for professionals and families.  He also serves as co-instructor for Perkins E-Learning's online course, Cortical Visual Impairment, and is adjunct faculty at Hunter College, CUNY, in the graduate programs for Blindness/Visual Impairment, and Childhood Special Education: Severe/Multiple Disabilities.

Chris recommends viewing the links below before the event:

Overview of CVI approaches (Phase & Characteristic):



Monday 11/09/2020

Tuesday 11/10/2020

Wednesday 11/11/2020

Thursday 11/12/2020


CVI Overview: Identifying, Understanding, Diagnosing CVI

Causes & Risk Factors

FAQ and Current Issues in the Field

CVI Phases: I, II and III

Assessment and Interventions

CVI and Bio Behavioral States: Supporting Availability for Learning


O&M and CVI


CVI Characteristics & Phases

Phase I: Building Visual Behaviors

CVI and Bio Behavioral States: Supporting Availability for Learning (continued from above)

Social Development and CVI


CVI Range

Phase II: Integrating Vision with Functioning

CVI and Bio Behavioral States: Supporting Availability for Learning (continued from above)

Social Development and CVI (continued from above)


Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Lunch Break


CVI Range

Phase III: Resolution of CVI Characteristics

CVI and Communication Matrix

CVI and Distance Services


Video Observation: CVI Characteristics

Phase III: Resolution of CVI Characteristics (continued from above)


CVI and Distance Services (continued from above)


Q&A Opportunity

Q&A Opportunity

Q&A Opportunity

Q&A Opportunity


Cancellation: You can cancel your own registration for an event before the cancellation deadline. (Please check the event information for specific cancellation details.) If the event has a fee, refunds are possible only if cancellation is prior to the deadline. If you do not attend and do not cancel prior to an event, you are still responsible for payment and will be billed.

Special Accommodations: Please alert Metro ECSU 2-3 weeks prior to the workshop/event if you need special accommodations, including sign language interpreters. (Metro ECSU requires a notice of 2 business days to cancel a sign language interpreter. If you fail to cancel, we reserve the right to bill your school/district for this expense.) Update your profile as needed. Special accommodations are not included with each registration, but are stored in your profile until you make changes.