CVI-Friendly Videos: Resources for Students with CVI

With the recent - and sudden! - school closures due to COVID-19, educators are scrambling to create materials that can be used at home. TVIs have diverse caseloads with a wide range of student abilities and needs, making it even more challenging to create quality educational materials to be used in virtual instruction or to support families as they take a more direct role in hands-on instruction with their child. What about students who are unable to access general education online educational materials, including students with CVI (cortical visual impairment)?

Alissa DeSousa, a licensed teacher and a mom of a 2 year old with CVI, has created 15 incredible CVI-friendly book/song videos. These videos follow the standard CVI practices with a black, unclutter background, letters are large and outlined in red, and objects are simple and clear. There is slow movement to capture the child's attention and slow transitions which support visual tracking skills. Many of these classic story videos include music, another motivator for students with visual impairments!

The video below is the CVI-Friendly Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book video.

Available CVI-Friendly Videos

  • CVI-Friendly Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • CVI-Friendly The Wheels on the Bus
  • CVI-Friendly Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • CVI-Friendly 5 Little Snowmen
  • CVI-Firendly Five Little Pumpkins
  • CVI-Friendly Moo Baa La La La
  • CVI-Friendly Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear
  • CVI-Friendly Counting to 10
  • CVI-Friendly Fall Leaves
  • CVI-Friendly Six Little Ducks
  • CVI-Friendly Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • CVI-Friendly The Its Bitsy Spider
  • CVI-Friendly The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • CVI-Friendly The ABCs
  • CVI-Friendly Old McDonald Had a Farm

Thank you Alissa DeSousa for creating and sharing these videos on YouTube! You can view all of Alissa's amazing CVI-Friendly videos here! TVIs, like Alissa, have always been creative with lessons and creating resources (her first CVI-Friendly video was uploaded 7 months ago). In this unprecedented time for educators and families, having access to quality resources like these videos will keep our students actively engaged and learning. Please consider sharing your creative activities and materials on Paths to Technology!

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Posted by Kate Under GLASMar 30, 2020

Your work is a great reminder and demonstration of best practices in this area.  Thank you!  I rember reading Chicka Boom Boom hundreds of times when my kids were little.

Posted by KatieRApr 01, 2020

How did you go about making these books? I would like to try this with other books that teachers use in their instruction.


Posted by Diane BraunerApr 23, 2020

Alissa, the author of these books said that she will send directions - as soon as she can find the time. In the meantime, she shared that the videos are created as PowerPoint Presentations with animations and audio. She uses royalty free clip art found on line or basic shapes (circles and lines, such as the wheels on the school bus). Each page is animated independently. She records the audio on her iPhone or she records directly in the PowerPoint through her computer's mic.

Posted by HthompsonApr 27, 2020

I have made a few of these in Power Point books and it works beautifully. My problem is that I need to add them to Google Classrooms, so when I convert to Slides I loose the audio. Anyone having this issue... any ideas on how to solve it? 

Posted by Diane BraunerApr 27, 2020


Alissa shared this:

In order for the slides to work best, the power point should be converted into a video file. 

Click File > Export > Create Video

Let me know if that doesn’t work and I can try to troubleshoot it.