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I started my journey learning about CVI at the University of Northern Colorado where I received two semester classes on CVI. These classes included watching several videos and scoring at least three children in each of the phases. After graduating, I moved to Michigan where I was given the opportunity to work with Lynn Pensari and Johanna Brutvan in a preschool classroom for students with visual impairments. This classroom had numerous students with CVI and I was able to learn more about assessment, observations, data collecting, as well as modifications in the classroom and for independent mobility. I was also able to assist with collecting data for Match Sticks from American Printing House for the Blind during this time.
I have experience working with children in all three phases of CVI. I am currently working as a collaborative team with occupational therapists, speech therapists, and physical therapists with a caseload mostly comprised of students with multiple disabilities in a center based program. I assist the team with parent interviews, observations, assessments and accommodations of students who have been diagnosed with CVI. I continue to further my understanding of CVI by attending conferences specific to CVI, reading varieties of articles, and learning from the students and their families that I meet. I take the information I am continously learning and use it to implement new strategies into her work with students with CVI.