A personal perspective on CVI

Authored by: Nicola McDowell

The Routledge Handbook of Visual Impairment

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138085411
eBook ISBN: 9781315111353
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Cerebral visual impairment (CVI) is a common, yet complex and often misunderstood visual disability that affects millions of children and adults around the world. For those living with this condition, the world can become a frightening place, full of confusing visual images and overwhelming experiences. However, when those with CVI begin to understand the specific nature of their own visual difficulties, they are able to develop strategies to help alleviate the most disabling elements of this condition. Family, friends, peers, colleagues and society as a whole can also help, by recognising how CVI impacts on both children and adults as they go about their normal lives. With recognition and understanding comes acceptance, and society can work together to ensure that the visual, emotional and behavioural responses that are associated with CVI are never misunderstood or trivialised. For those with CVI, they can then feel confident in the knowledge that they will not be judged for using whatever behaviour, strategy or method they need, to be able to flourish in an uncertain world.

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