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Adult Recovery from CVI is Possible

Lezing van Diana Fergusson op het NAH-congres Bekijk het eens anders: visuele waarnemingsproblemen door niet-aangeboren hersenletsel (NAH) bekeken vanuit verschillende perspectieven.


People with CVI have rehabilitation potential.  When given access to neuro-optometric rehabilitation, they may be able to regain useful visual function.  CVI patients need and deserve access to the same low vision services as people with vision loss from ocular causes.  CVI patients need access to remediation therapy as well as training on compensatory strategies to address the complex areas of visual processing that affect CVI patients.  They may also benefit from conventional low vision devices, computer retraining, Orientation & Mobility training, etc.   My story of fighting misperceptions of “crazy” to get access to rehabilitation and regaining significant visual function tells the world that adults with CVI are not “crazy” and can benefit from rehabilitation and low vision services. 

About the speaker

Diane Ferguson has a Master’s of Science degree in Speech Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, College of Medicine. She has 30 years of clinical experience as a speech therapist  working with a wide range of disabilities from language disorders in children, to deaf  and hearing impaired students, blind and visually impaired students,  to non-verbal students with significant neurological deficits. Since 2010, Diane has worked exclusively with creating Augmentative and Alternative  Communication systems. Many of her students have CVI.  She acquired CVI herself in 2011, after surviving a catastrophic health crisis. Diane now uses insight gained in her own recovery of functional vision to educate professionals and advocate for her students.


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