Cortical Vision Impairment: An Introduction to Assessment and Intervention for children with CVI

Through power point and video, Dr. Newcomb will discuss the definition of CVI, who are the children diagnosed with CVI, and the visual characteristics of children with CVI. Participants will practice identifying visual characteristics of children with CVI by viewing videos of children.


  • Thursday, 8 February, 2018 - Saturday, 31 October, 2020
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE18CVI

Course Information

Through power point and video, Dr. Newcomb will discuss the definition of CVI, who are the children diagnosed with CVI, and the visual characteristics of children with CVI. Participants will practice identifying visual characteristics of children with CVI by viewing videos of children. The CVI Range is the reliable and valid functional vision assessment for children with CVI. Dr. Newcomb will provide a brief introduction to the CVI Range (Roman-Lantzy, 2007) as well as strategies for assessment of children with CVI. Based on scores on The CVI Range, Dr. Newcomb will describe severity of CVI as divided into three phases. Intervention for children in Phase I, II, and III will be discussed. Special considerations for assessment and intervention for children in Phase III will be discussed with emphasis on literacy, including use of pictures and how a child learns to understand pictures, use of pictures for communication, and early reading skills. With case studies, participants will integrate and apply knowledge of characteristics of CVI, severity of CVI, and intervention strategies to design interventions that become an integral part of a child’s educational or home routines. Participants will create an action plan for implementing knowledge and skills gained in this workshop. Dr. Newcomb will also reserve time to answer questions.


At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe characteristics of children with cortical visual impairment
  • Observe the visual characteristics of children with CVI
  • Describe the functional vision of children with CVI in terms of the characteristics of CVI
  • Describe severity of CVI in terms of Phases
  • Plan intervention strategies for children in Phase I, II, and III
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate intervention strategies appropriate for children with CVI into the child’s school and home routines
  • Understand modification of materials and the environment to address the needs of children with CVI


  • Dr Sandra Newcomb
    Dr. Newcomb works at the University of Maryland, College Park as an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. She has 30+ years of experience teaching children with disabilities, including 12 years providing technical assistance to young children with deaf-blindness, their families, and service providers through Connections Beyond Sight and Sound, the Maryland and District of Columbia deaf-blind project. Dr. Newcomb earned her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland and holds certification in Early Childhood Special Education and in Visual Impairment, as well as the Perkins/Roman CVI Range Endorsement. Her dissertation topic was assessment of children with cortical visual impairment or CVI. Her teaching experience includes classroom instruction, early intervention home-based services and private consultation. In addition to her work with children and families, Dr. Newcomb has coordinated a number of grants at the University of Maryland including family support projects focused on young children with disabilities and their families and personnel preparation grants in early intervention.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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