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Subject: Free Training on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

Source: Missouri School for the Blind

Intended Audience: Service Providers of Students with Vision Impairment

Date: August 24, 2012

Missouri School for the Blind will host a free training session entitled Cortical Visual Impairment: Visions of Change on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The training will be held at the school, 3815 Magnolia Avenue St. Louis, MO.

Cortical visual impairment (CVI) has been identified as the one of the leading causes of visual impairment in children.  As increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with this condition, it is important to understand CVI, its implications, and the development of effective educational approaches. Beth Ramella, a teacher certificated in the education of students with visual impairment, a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, and director of Outreach Services at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children will be the presenter.  Ms. Ramella participated in the five-year, collaborative, multi-state, training initiative known as the CVI Mentorship Project with Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy.  Dr. Roman-Lantzy and Ms. Ramella have worked collaboratively to develop a model for capacity building for children with CVI at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children.

For registration information and an agenda, go to  For questions, contact Yvonne Ali at or 314-776-4320, ext. 3256.