University of Edinburgh

How can we facilitate good outcomes for children with Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)?

'Whose normality is it anyway? Embracing a different normality'

Presented on Friday, 8th June 2018


The day included a brief overview of CVI, the broad spectrum of children affected, common issues which may need to be addressed when supporting children with the condition, examples of support strategies and good practice encompassing the range of children affected by CVI.

There were caseload examples and experiences of children and families supported by the charity. The implications of CVI as a potentially 'hidden' disability and potential consequences when not identified.

Practical scenarios were also part of the day.

Target Audience

Teachers of the Visually Impaired, mainstream class teachers, teachers working in special schools, educational psychologists and parents/carers.


Janet Harwood, QTVI and Chair of Trustees of the Cerebral Visual Impairment Society.


10.30 am CVI - Key issues. The CVI Spectrum; CVI a brief overview, 'setting the scene scenarios' - how may it present?

11.30 am CVI in reality - what may need to be considered re effective support? Curricular access, physical safety and social and emotional well being

1.15 pm CVI - return to scenarios. Practical activity.

2.30 pm Support for young people with the most complex needs and CVI, considering its potential impact

3.30 pm Course Evaluations and close