United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County Therapists Participate in Cortical Visual Impairment Training

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County Therapists Participate in Cortical Visual Impairment Training

Led by: Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy

Dr. Jennifer Simpson, UCP-OC CEO Cathleen Collins and Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy
Dr. Jennifer Simpson, UCP-OC CEO Cathleen Collins and Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy

The therapy team at United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP-OC) made a clinical educational leap forward with significant support from Abbott Medical Optics by participating in a unique therapeutic training for Cortical Visual Impairment. The training led by the renowned Dr. Christine Roman-Lantz prepared UCP-OC therapists for the launch of United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County’s collaborative research initiative with the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine. The project led in part by Principle Investigator Dr. Jennifer Simpson to better understand, serve and care for children with or at risk for Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) associated with cerebral palsy. CVI “visual impairment that occurs because of brain damage…[visual impairment] exists not in the structures of the eye or optic nerve, but in the visual processing centers and visual pathways of the brain.” [1]

The training followed Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy’s presentation of the topic to CHOC Children’s physicians and nurses at CHOC’s Grand Rounds the day prior.

UCP-OC Therapy Team with Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy
UCP-OC Therapy Team with Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy

Dr. Roman-Lantzy is the Director of The Pediatric View Program at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and serves as Project Leader of the CVI Project at The American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, KY. Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy serves at Project Consultant/Trainer to two five-year multi-state CVI-mentor training projects. She has lectured extensively around the world regarding the CVI educational materials she has developed.  

Dr. Jennifer Simpson is Associate Professor, Ophthalmology School of Medicine at UC Irvine and a pediatric ophthalmologist at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.

From Left to Right: Scott Pievac, Jim Corbett, Cathleen Collins, Steve Chesterman, Dana Dowers and Dr. Jennifer Simpson
From Left to Right: Scott Pievac, Jim Corbett, Cathleen Collins, Steve Chesterman, Dana Dowers and Dr. Jennifer Simpson

A group of United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County advocates joined Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy at a luncheon hosted by Dr. Jennifer Simpson to learn more about CVI and how to support this-first of its kind on the West Coast-research project. The UCP-OC Cortical Visual Impairment Early Intervention Program anticipated Spring 2013 will improve the diagnosis and rehabilitation of infants at risk for vision complications associated with cerebral palsy as well as premature infants at risk for CVI and decreased central vision resulting from prematurity.


[1] Roman-Lantzy, Christine. Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention. New York: AFB, 2007. 5. Print.

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