"CVI is the single leading cause of visual impairment in children in the Western World and as pre-natal and peri-natal care improves in the developing world, it will be a leading cause in those areas as well.
This is an epidemic and should be treated as such.
— Dr. Creig Hoyt
On July 11 & 12, 2019 Perkins held it 5th Annual CVI Symposium. We had more than 150 participants including parents, medical professionals, and educators. This year, the focus of the symposium was on creating a path forward in pursuit of meeting the challenges of CVI. More specifically, panelists addressed the areas of (click link to review strategic intents)
- medical research and diagnostic tools
- educational assessment
- higher education
- parent learning and advocacy
Following the panel presentations, workgroups were formed in each of these topic areas. The workgroups spent day 2 of the symposium outlining a plan for the work in each area. A small representation from each group will continue the work over the course of the next year.
Together We Can Change How Children See the World
- Panel Discussion: Medical, Research, and Diagnosis, moderated by Lotfi Merabet. Panel members: Corinna Bauer, Teri Schwartz, Sharon Lehman and Barry Kran
- Panel Discussion: Assessment, Practitioners, and Higher Education, moderated by Ellen Mazel. Panel members: Sandy Lewis, Tammy Reisman, Christine Roman, and Matt Tietjen
- Panel Discussion: Parents, Adovcates and Lobbyists, moderated by Tracy Evans-Luiselli. Panel members: Rachel Bennett, Monika Jones, Barbara Raimondo, and Bobby Silverstein
- Honoring Creig Hoyt
- Active Dialogue with Lotfi Merabet and Creig Hoyt
Stay tuned for information about our 2020 symposium, hope to see you there!