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Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)

Cortical visual impairment (CVI) is a form of visual impairment caused due to damage to the visual centers of the brain. Even though the child is looking at an object, the brain is unable to process the object. Louisiana has a list of disabilities that students are at the risk for CVI. Read the list


Planning to Support CVI

  • Students Refer to Pupil Appraisal
    • Parent Interview – May use the current LEA Parent interview. 
    • CVI Screener – performed at the beginning of the evaluation process. This screener is located in the “Health” section.
  • Referred to Teaching Blind Student/Visually Impaired Teacher for Assessment
    • Parent Interview – from Cortical Visual Impairment Advanced Principles
      • Download Parent Interview for Phase I 
      • Download Parent Interview for Phase II
    • CVI Characteristics – Observation Notes
    • Determine the CVI Range – Perform Assessment
  • Generate CVI Report
    • Identify Phase
    • Provide Instructional strategies



Updated Bulletin 1508


Bulletin 1508

In Louisiana, BESE approved the updated Bulletin 1508 on March,2023. Update coming in July 2023.





CVI Phases

Phase I

CVI Range Score 0-3

The goal is to build consistent visual behaviors

  • Single color (learner’s preferred color)
  • Movement (or movement properties)
  • Familiar object
  • Paired with light
  • Extend from eye to hand


Phase II

CVI Range Score 3-7

The goal is to integrate vision with function

Use characteristics from Phase I

  • Can view more than one color
  • Movement (or movement properties) to initiate and occasionally sustain attention
  • 3D preferred may begin to demonstrate eye to object contact with photograph of familiar toy
  •  Lighting paired with target

Phase III

CVI Range Score 8-10

The goal is to facilitate refinement of the characteristics

  • Color highlighting
  • Movement not required at near
  • Symbol books and pictures regarded
  • Novel objects/images discriminated based on salient features
  • Backlit

Roman Word Bubbling

Multiple small plastic animals on multi-colored camouflaged background


To search for the CVI books created by educators across Louisana, search on our website by the name of the book or by the phases. 

Scaffolding Tool: Word Bubbling

Path to Literacy: A place where people across the world post a blog sharing their tips, strategies, and resources.  

APH: A place where you can purchase tools and resources. 

Meet Cindy Champagne

Cindy Champagne works in the field of blindness education, working with children ages birth-21 in Early Intervention and in schools.  She is also the parent of a blind son who has retinitis pigmentosa. Cindy is a Board Member of the Louisiana Parents of Blind Children and also of Professionals in Blindness Education.
Cindy holds a Masters in Teaching Blind Students. She also holds a National Certification and Unified English Braille.  While her interest in supporting children with blindness and their families arose from her experiences with her son who has an ocular impairment, she quickly learned from the parents of children with CVI that the current field of blindness education was lacking in the knowledge base to assist these particular families and their children.  
Get in Touch with Cindy:
phone: 225-240-0090