April is CVI Literacy Awareness Month!

Happy CVI Literacy Awareness Month!

The topic of literacy is so important for the CVI community that it needs its own month (set apart from CVI Awareness Month in September) for recognition and awareness. After all, a path to literacy for an individual with CVI must look different than a path to literacy for an individual with any other type of vision impairment. Why? Because CVI is unlike any other vision impairment. With this neurological-based vision impairment, the eyes are healthy and see what everyone else sees, but the brain has difficulty processing, recognizing, and interpreting what the eyes can see.

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In other words, CVI is a disability of visual access. Appropriate strategies that adapt the environment and materials in consideration of the 10 characteristics of CVI and an individual’s unique functional vision are the key to providing access to materials. This is no different when it comes to literacy.

Literacy is defined as “the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts.” (UNESCO Education Sector, 2004, p. 13)

If you are working with a child in Phase I or Phase II of CVI and “reading” feels beyond the child’s current visual capabilities, please remember and be encouraged by this quote:

“Literacy begins when they look.” -Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy

That’s right. Simply getting a child with CVI to use their vision paves the way for literacy.

Now, I’m not going to attempt writing anything new on the topic of CVI and literacy. I will leave that to the experts (and you can always read what I have written about literacy on the blog by clicking the “Literacy” tag on the website Menu). But I will happily point y’all to the resources I have found helpful along the way. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but we’ve all got to start somewhere. I hope you find it helpful on your CVI journey with literacy!

CVI Literacy Resources

Books
Online Articles & Reading
Webinars, Presentations, Downloads

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