We welcome anyone dedicated to the advancement of vision care for children with cortical visual impairment and the goals of the Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society (PCVIS). By joining PCVIS, you’ll be part of a vibrant community of doctors, educators, therapists, parents, and advocates who are taking an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to addressing the needs of children with CVI.
Membership is $50.
Terms run from July 1 – June 30.
- Access to materials from past annual conferences.
- Access to the latest news on PCVIS.
- Access to parent and professional resources.
- Access to travel grants.
- A discount on registration for the American Conference on Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment.
Donations are tax deductible. Contact your tax adviser regarding potential tax benefits of membership.
Who are we?
Teachers of the Visually Impaired — are specifically trained and educated to teach students with visual impairments how to use their vision or adapt their environment to best learn. They teach specialized areas of direct instruction, make classroom accommodations, and connect students with assistive technology to enhance their educational experience.
Orientation and Mobility Specialists — are specifically trained and educated to teach students and adults with visual impairment and blindness how to safely and effectively navigate their environment, so that they can independently engage the world beyond their immediate surroundings.
Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists — are specially trained and educated professionals who provide therapies to improve outcomes in fine motor, gross motor, activities of daily living, and receptive/expressive language. They are concerned with how a child with CVI integrates his/her visual experience with the world around him/her.
Optometrists — are vision professionals who are concerned with how an individual gathers visual information from their environment. They are concerned with fine visual motor abilities, which include fixation, visual tracking, visual scanning, focusing, and binocular (eye teaming) function. Also of concern is how vision integrates with other sensory systems and how the brain perceives, interprets, and processes sensory input. Optometrists assess these functions and maximize visual function with corrective lenses, prisms, and visual therapies. They can make the diagnosis of CVI.
Ophthalmologists — are medical doctors who specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the eye and visual system. They can make the diagnosis of CVI. Ophthalmologists conduct eye surgery for ocular conditions such as misalignment, cataract, and glaucoma.
Parents and Caregivers — are the relentless advocates for their children (and all children) with CVI. They raise public awareness of CVI, expand their knowledge of CVI, and raise funds to support PCVIS.