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Student Background: Dustin is a seventeen year old student enrolled at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind. He has a diagnosis of high myopia and Cortical Visual Impairment as a result of an intracranial brain hemorrhage shortly after birth with associated seizures and hydrocephalus.
Student Background: Mercedes is a seventeen year old student enrolled in Philip Barbour High School in Barbour County, West Virginia. She has a diagnosis of myopia and acquired Cortical Visual Impairment with associated hydrocephalus and seizures from meningitis she contracted at six weeks old. Video Description: WV CVI Mentor Jamie McBride talks with Mercedes, her parents, sibling, as well her Teacher of the Visually Impaired about the impact of CVI on learning, modifications Mercedes needs for successful independent living skills in both the home and school environments, changes observed in her visual functioning from infancy to present, and how successful visual interventions are attributing to her overall success.