We approach the end of the 2019 in a reflective mood. Soon, we will be celebrating three years since we launched our website. Within our team there was concern at the beginning...'what if no one is interested?' With virtually no money, just the expertise and generosity of an incredible team, we launched and grew...and grew. Today we are used across more than 150 countries, and all by people sharing.
Over the last three years we have worked with many amazing people, but are particularly thankful to the parents of children with CVI and adults with CVI who have given us so much of their time to explain their experiences, for us to share. Share - that word again. What have we learnt from you all? We have learnt that there is an awful lot more to learn.
The pieces we write are often inspired by conversations or publications. Our feature on Learning Emotions with CVI was inspired in part by an academic lecture on Theory of Mind and CVI (all links below), but also the incredible and primitive brain process called affective blindsight. It explains how some babies, with damage to their occipital lobes meaning they create no picture of what their eyes see, can respond to a parent's smile - a smile they can't see. Blindsight is incredible.
Another piece featured a fascinating paper looking at the different ranges of lower visual field impairments. Many visual field tests assess where things are and are not visible. This research added an important element - what happens if something is made bigger in an area it might otherwise be unseen, in the lower visual field. Making lower visual field impairments a spectrum of a spectrum, so does that make CVI a spectrum of spectrums of spectrums?
Both of these pieces (Learning Emotions with CVI and Ranges of Lower visual Field Impairment Paper) combined first-hand accounts with our understanding, academic theory and quality published research. Sharing again, we all need each other.
We shared a film from an organisation based in Holland called Bartiméus, which had some great first-hand accounts from young people affected by CVI. When we listen to the experiences people share, it is important to always keep an open mind as the best authorities are those who have CVI and the people closest to them.
As we leave both the year and the decade, we extend heartfelt thanks to everyone in the growing community we are proud to be a part of. We have many exciting new developments to share with you in 2020, and look forward to continuing to share and develop our understanding of CVI, together.
The CVI Scotland Team
PS Everything new can be found in our Updates section, and via Twitter @scotlandcvi and our Facebook page.
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