Cortical Visual Impairment:
A Focus on Phase III Learners


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Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy
Monday, June 19
through Friday, June 23
9 am – 4 pm daily
University of Maryland
The Stamp Student Union
Prince George’s Room 1121
3972 Campus Drive
College Park, Maryland

(Driving Directions & Map –> CLICK HERE…)


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The annual Summer Institute hosted by Connections Beyond Sight and Sound is part of our Technical Assistance activities. The 2017 topic is “Cortical Visual Impairment: A Focus on Phase III Learners” — presented by Dr. Christine Romain-Lantzy.



  • This workshop is designed to provide assessment and educational information regarding Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), specifically children who score in Phase III on The CVI Range.
  • Participants will gain knowledge and skill to better identify, assess, and educate children with CVI.
  • Topics will include general assessment and intervention strategies, environmental modifications, orientation and mobility, pre-literacy and literacy learning strategies for children in Phase III. Discussion, videotapes, and hands-on activities will be utilized to enrich the content.


Please NOTE: 

  • The course content is specifically relevant for individuals who live or work with children who have CVI (with or without other disabilities).
  • This Summer Institute is designed to meet the needs of regular and special educators, family members, related service providers, administrators, teachers of the visually impaired, and teachers of the deaf/hard-of-hearing who work directly or indirectly with students with dual sensory impairments and/or cortical visual impairment, Phase III.


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  • This Summer Institute is designed for participants who have experience and prior knowledge of CVI.
  • This is not an introductory course!
  • Family members and providers with experience and prior knowledge of CVI may register to attend.


Dr. Christine Rloman-Lantzy leading Summer Institute on CVI Phase III


Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23, 2017
From 9:00 am to 4 pm EST daily


University of Maryland, College Park
Stamp Student Union Building
Prince George’s Room 1121



  • You will receive a parking code each day to use on the following day.
  • The parking code for Monday June 19 has been emailed to all registrants.
    This is the parking code for Monday only!
  • You will get the parking code for Tuesday on Monday afternoon.
  • Here is a video on how to navigate the pay station:
    — How to Navigate the Paystation at UM 
  • You must type in the parking code If you park your car on the UM campus.
  • If you do not use the parking code and do not pay for parking ($15 per day) then you are at risk for a $75 parking ticket!
  • It is suggested that participants plan to park in the Union Lane Garage next to the student union. 


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Materials & Agenda:

  • Agenda –> 
    • Agenda is flexible and will be adjusted through the week to match the needs of the participants and the flow of the workshops each day.
    • General content to be covered will include –>
      — Special considerations for assessment during CVI Phase III
      — Identifying goals and concerns for individuals children
      — Working as a team — families and providers — for assessment and goals
      — Understanding assessment results
      — Using the CVI Range scores to describe vision functions levels, to consider and plan for beneficial accommodations, to define strength and needs, etc…
      — Understanding the results of Rating 1 and Rating 2 becomes useful information for IEPs
      — Understanding a CVI Schedule
      — Understanding salient features and comparative thought
      — Exploring vision and AAC, including an overview of Matt Tietjen’s work in complexity and image inventory
      — Considering vision language learning, literacy principles, social skills development, Orientation and Mobility (O&M), and other relevant issues
    • Workshops will include presentation, discussion, group activities, and exercises to support participants in using the information being shared each day.
    • There will be a quiz to support participants in understanding their own strengths and needs with respect to using the CVI Range and working with children in Phase III
  • Book & Assessment Materials –> IMG_4503
    • If you have a copy of Dr. Roman-Lantzy’s book, “CVI, An Approach to Assessment and Intervention,” please bring it with you for this week.
    • Professionals – Please bring any materials you use for phase III assessment and any books that have assisted you in any way regarding CVI Phase III.
  • Powerpoint –>
    • to be posted soon…
  • Handouts –>
    • to be posted soon…


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  • Internet Access –> 
    • There will be internet access during the daily workshops.
    • You will be given access codes on arrival.

  • CPD Units –> 
    • This five day course has been APPROVED for TWO CPD units by MSDE.
      What you will need to submitter CPD/CEUs…
    • If you are a certified teacher in Maryland, you will need to submit the following:
      –> a copy of your registration for this event,
      –> the CPD form with the course number, and
      –> a certificate of attendance.
    • If you are not a certified teacher in Maryland, you will need to submit the following:
      –> a copy of your registration,
      –> the AGENDA,
      –> Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy vitae (coming)
      –> Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy bio (coming), and
      –> your certificate of attendance that will be handed out on Friday afternoon after the course evaluations have been returned.
    • The CPD number is only applicable for certified Maryland teachers. 


  • Lunch & Other Accommodations –> 
    • Coffee and light snacks will be provided
      • The Stamp Student Union has a variety of food to offer on the main level and a few more choices in the basement.
      • You are welcome to bring your own lunch.
      • We are a GREEN campus, meaning there will be no plastic water bottles for participants but you are welcome to bring your own water bottle to refill as often as you may need to.
      • Please recycle and refill your water bottle as needed. Water bottle refills are free.
    • HOTELS nearest to the UM are  
      •  The Marriott located on the campus of UM in East Hyattsville, MD and
      • The Sheraton College Park North.





Please contact CBSS Project Director,
Donna Riccobono (email

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SI 2017 Photo Album
Lots of Learning
(& Laughter Through the Week)


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