University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 5: Introduction to Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)

Presented on Friday, 11th Sept 2015

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 72
Number of Respondents: 20

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

It has added to my knowledge and I feel better able to support those with CVI. I can also use information and strategies learned for inservice training with mainstream colleagues.
In future research projects if on CVI.
To improve my practice and support others understanding.
I found this webinar to be more theoretical and less practical than some of the other SSC courses. I'm not sure I will change my practice much as a result of this.
Unfortunately the content was not applicable to my current job needs.  However, hopefully I will be able to draw on the information given in the future.
Aspects regarding the 4 vision fields and how it depends on which area of the brain is damaged as to which field of vision is impaired was helpful.
The understanding around being able to see objects whilst moving but not whilst stationary was also a new concept to me.
I have transferred all the information I learned into notes in my relevant books. This way I can refer to them when necessary when working with children with CVI.
To support family whose children are newly diagnosed with a visual impairment (birth or later on in life), have a sudden sight loss, deterioration of sight loss.
The Assessment Tools: detailed history from parents, near and distance refraction, careful observation of visual behaviour, preferred looking methods.
I have worked with several children with CVI so this will give me a better understanding of the problems they face and also make me feel more confident when answering parents' questions.
It helps me in my daily work (OT working with visually impaired children). It improves my understanding of the cerebral visual impairment and it was also really functional.
The information was interesting, but not directly associated to my profession. I didn't find any clear example of how to use the information in orientation and mobility.
In my daily working practice.
Carrying out a more detailed functional vision assessment (FVA). Persevere more in seeking learning solutions etc.
Being an Orthoptics student I've not had much exposure to CVI and its implications on patients' lives. The webinar has provided me with a great insight into the coping mechanisms that patients use for impairment that occurs in different parts of the visual pathway.
I will use immediately with the infants and toddlers with vision loss and their families. I work at a state agency in the US.
The content of Professor Dutton’s webinar directly relates to current research and development I am involved with at Inclusive Technology. I have followed Professor Dutton's work and found his book "Vision and the Brain" to be essential, informative, interesting and well presented reading for professionals like myself. Our current R&D projects are directly linked with students with complex or profound and multiple disabilities using eye gaze and other technology to record, measure and (hopefully!) improve early vision and learning skills. I would very much like to communicate with Professor Dutton further about his work and our findings so far, which I think he will be very interested in.
I support VI children at a special school setting many of whom have cerebral palsy (CP). I am aware that many of them have CVI (undiagnosed in a lot of cases) and use some of the strategies mentioned in the videos. However I was interested to learn more detail of how the brain is affected in different ways and how children may only be seeing 2 or 3 items at a time. I liked the idea of using a tent to assess if they were looking and to slow everything right down so they could process what was happening. This information has been useful as I am studying for a foundation degree in learning support and my research project is about children with VI.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation



Webinar Technology



What was best about the course/event?

The slides were very detailed and helpful in aiding understanding. Presenter was clear and enthusiastic.
Speaker very dynamic. Very knowledgeable, yet able to give the presentation in a very intelligible way. I appreciated very much the concrete examples and the videos.
The examples.
Being able to take it in bits on review.
I liked the bit where the presenter spoke of the girl with reduced field of vision turning the book and reading from top to bottom. Might also use the idea of the tent at an appropriate time.
The webinar was easy to access and enabled me to join the course with no need for travel.
Information provided on further reading materials.
The PowerPoint slides were really useful and explained the speaker’s content very well.
Gaining knowledge on how CVI can affect children in different ways. Webinar was very useful and convenient whilst having a heavy workload. Easily accessible. Good to have video to refer to afterwards (sent via email).
I liked the way Professor Dutton delivered the presentation - informative and enthusiastic.
Easy to follow what was going on, once the problems with the slides moving on was sorted.
Questions and answers section. Presenter was really clear, even for a francophone.
I have learned about the damage in the brain. The pictures gave us a good idea of how the brain is affected. This part was very clear to me.
The content of the webinar.
The fantastic examples of brain anatomy and how injury to the various parts impact real life visual function.
It was great that the presenter was able to give examples of the individuals with various forms of impairment to illustrate the concepts being taught. The use of diagrams was great as well, as it aided my understanding. All in all it was delivered very well.
Any topic on CVI is my favourite and Professor Dutton's is always one of the best. I had the opportunity to listen to him when he visited the US several years ago.
Professor Dutton is fantastic at explaining a complex subject in a manner that professionals working in the field can understand. He relates to real life examples and talks about possible strategies we can all visualise. He speaks with passion about what is still needed to be done to help the many children and adults with unrecognised CVI and helps raise awareness of how important and how much of an impact it can have on their behaviour and everyday living.
Easy access and content.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

Only the small technical glitch at the start with no slides but that was rectified very quickly.
Ask questions. The sound quality.
Seeing the entire slide in the web window.
I think it will take me some time to become more accustomed to presentations in this way. I find face to face discussion more interactive.
Slides did not initially match with the speaker but this was soon sorted. There was a lot of 'medical speak' at the start which as a teacher I did not fully understand.
Happy with the webinar.
The webinar was actually too advanced for us as teachers
To have the documentation available.
A small number of the PowerPoint slides with writing at the bottom was missed off. Particularly part 5 I believe where there was a summary.
Nothing really. When this top level presentation is offered for free how could one not appreciate the information. We know technology is getting better and better daily but in the field of education financial resources always seem to be low. As a long time teacher, I appreciate any training on CVI and more so if free and on-line. I'm squeezing in the videos at every break and lunch time.
Full view of slides could not always be seen.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info Email from SSC: 7
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 3
Colleague: 7
SSC Website: 3

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

More training on supporting children with CVI in mainstream settings. Resources - could ideas for creating resources be shared/experience of worthwhile purchased resources? e.g. Lorna Hall had good videos on early years resources online and Gwyn McCormack (Positive Eye) has lots of fabulous resource ideas which perhaps could be used in a webinar?
Anything about vision impairment and rehabilitation.
Vision impairment and driving.
Vision impairment and work reintegration.
Deafblindness etc.
How can we be informed about the Webinars?
NEW ways of choosing and using LV "aids", i.e. iPads, iPhone etc.
Linking iPads to white boards, teaching for school techs to prove it is safe and possible.
Having this type of course on webinar makes it more accessible to more people especially when budgets are being stretched.
A range of common children's eye conditions. Name of condition, how child/young person is affected by this and how to help make good use of any useful sight.
Teaching body awareness to children with a visual impairment.
We would have liked something tailored to schools.
Any on vision and assessment of complex needs students, research based presentations on autism, use of technology.