AAC, Literacy & the SLP

#AACES2024 Conference Session

Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI): The Hidden Epidemic That is an AAC Gamechanger

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Have you ever heard of CVI? The answer, for most people, is no. Yet, cortical vision impairment is the most common cause of childhood vision impairment. Unfortunately, less than 20% of pediatric CVI cases are diagnosed, so many of us working to support children with AAC devices do not know to consider vision-related factors when we design and individualize systems. This session will present a primer on CVI, discuss recent research on CVI and AAC design considerations, and describe a case study in which CVI characteristics were used to design an AAC system for a child who had not been able to successfully use previous devices.


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  • Natural & engaging webinar
  • Full year of on-demand access
  • CMH/PDH Certificate 
  • Online classroom community 
  • Links to resources

Learn about CVI

Learn how to spot signs of CVI so that you can act early to support accessible AAC learning.
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Learn about AAC features

Explore AAC system features that you might consider when supporting a child with CVI. 
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What You'll Learn

 As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.   Describe the ten characteristics of CVI.
2. Name three features of commonly-used AAC systems that create obstacles for children with CVI.
3. List four factors that should be considered when individualizing an AAC system for a child with CVI
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Continuing Education Credit

This course offers eligible students a total of
1 certification maintenance hour (CMH)

Learn more about CMH/PDH  (versus CEU's or continuing education units) on your course syllabus and on our CEU Page.  All learners are encouraged to confirm that this course meets the requirements of their licensing board before purchasing.  
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Meet YOUR instructor

Suzie Djidjoli, CCC-SLP

Suzie Djidjoli (she/they) is a speech-language pathologist on the AAC team of a large public school district in Maryland, supporting the educational teams of students birth-21 with individualized AAC systems. She obtained her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Maryland. She developed a passion about AAC, cortical vision impairment (CVI), and the intersection between the two after working with students with multiple disabilities and complex communication needs and realizing how little many SLPs and special educators working on functional communication knew about vision.
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Patrick Jones - Course author
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