Recognizing that CVI is the leading cause of visual impairment among children and cognizant of the need for highly qualified interventionists, four state deaf-blind projects embarked on a ten-year collaboration known as the “Cortical Visual Impairment Community of Practice”. The Deaf-Blind Projects from Delaware, Maryland, Vermont, and West Virginia developed and implemented an innovative and successful professional development program which trained an interdisciplinary team of “CVI Mentors” from each state in screening, assessment, program planning and intervention There are four CVI Mentors in West Virginia. These mentors are among the nation’s first professionals to undergo training of this depth and magnitude in this specialty area. Each has received certification of completion of the entire training program and has successfully mastered CVI competencies established in the program. This was followed by training additional “CVI Partners” to also assist in their states.
website has been created by West Virginia’s CVI Mentors to help service
providers and families gain more information about CVI. Videos of previous trainings,
interviews with students are included. You can test your knowledge of CVI to
see if you are ready to do assessments yourself!
These programs in West Virginia have been funded by WVDE SenseAbilities Project, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and WV Birth to Three.