Jonathan Graves is our vision intervention specialist and has been with High Hopes since its inception in 2017. He has worked to set high standards for assessment and intervention for children affected by Cortical Visual Impairment, a visual processing disorder that often accompanies neurological impairment. He is currently working to increase awareness of this condition in the region, and the specific approaches to improving it.
Jonathan holds an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in Vision Studies. He is a Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired, a Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist, and holds the Perkins Roman Range Endorsement for assessing children with CVI.
Jonathan has over ten years’ experience working with children with special needs. Before coming to High Hopes, Jonathan taught children with visual impairment in a variety of settings through the largest preschool for the visually impaired in the United States. He has taught Braille reading and writing, as well as assistive technology for visual impairment, social skills, and strategies for independence.
Jonathan is committed to helping all children with visual impairments develop independence at home, at school, and in the community. He collaborates with other members of the interdisciplinary team at High Hopes to develop strategic multi-sensory routines and activities that are meaningful and fun.
Jonathan says that when he first realised that approximately only 10% of people with blindness can actually read and write braille, he decided to get into the field and help teach braille. Then over time he slowly shifted into helping children with CVI.