On March 1 and 2, 2010, the Vision Resource Centre – Calgary, in partnership with the Alberta Education (Students with Vision Loss Initiative), hosted a very successful workshop addressing best practice assessment and intervention approaches for students with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Parents, classroom teachers, special education teachers, teachers of the visually impaired, speech and language pathologists, education assistants, physiotherapists, psychologists, early intervention workers, rehabilitation specialists, and orientation and mobility instructors were all in attendance at the two-day workshop.
Dr. Roman-Lantzy is an internationally recognized leader in the field of CVI. During the workshop, she enthusiastically demonstrated her expertise on the topic by sharing her wealth of experiences as an educator, an author, and a lecturer. While the main focus of the workshop was on assessment and intervention, Dr. Roman-Lantzy also covered the definitions of CVI, the characteristics of CVI, medical conditions associated with CVI as well as literacy for students with CVI. Her presentation offered many practical and useful strategies for working with, and understanding the needs, of students with CVI.
Through the use of several case studies, participants had the opportunity to go through and try out several of the assessment tools that Dr. Roman-Lantzy has developed. These included: the CVI Range; the CVI Resolution Chart; and the IFSP/IEP Intervention Planning Worksheets. Feedback from the workshop indicated that several individuals really appreciated being able to go through the entire assessment process in such a setting.
Overall, feedback from the audience was extremely positive. Everyone in attendance reported that they found the workshop extremely educational and worthwhile. Some of the comments that were shared included:
· All was excellent
· Very practical interventions/ideas
· Case studies were very helpful
· Kaitlyn’s mom presentation
· Examples of intervention
· So much helpful information
· Excellent presentation
· Very engaging
· Wealth of information provided in a very organized manner
· Impact of showing videos of actual students – very strong messages
· Learning from an expert and watching videos from other TVI’s caseloads was so helpful
· Information was provided in a way that was clear, straightforward, and well paced. Probably one of the best workshops I have had the pleasure to participate in, in a very long time.
More information on Cortical Visual Impairment and Dr. Roman-Lantzy’s book can be found at the American Foundation for the Blind website.
We would like to thank everyone who came and a big THANK YOU to Dr. Roman-Lantzy for taking the time to visit us in Calgary.