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The Impact of Cerebral Visual Impairment on the Communication Needs of Children with Complex ASN


20th April, 2022

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Presenter(s): Elizabeth McCann, Scottish Sensory Centre

Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is the most common cause of visual impairment in the economically developed world1 but it probably one of the least understood. UK charity SeeAbility report that children with learning disability are 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem compared to their typically developing peers [see foot note].

In this webinar, Elizabeth McCann will explain briefly what Cerebral Visual Impairment is, and the difference between it and an ocular impairment. The use of sign systems, symbols and pictures will be discussed in relation to what we know about CVI, and how these may need to be adapted or presented differently for best effect. Ideas for improving the communication environment will also be explored and the presenter will explain how making small changes will be beneficial for all children in the class, not just those with CVI.

Foot note: Philip, S. S. and Dutton, G. N. (2014) 'Identifying and characterising cerebral visual impairment in children: a review.' Clinical and Experimental Optometry 97(3) pp.196-208.

SeeAbility (2016) Delivering an equal right to sight

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