Lowenfeld-Akeson: Early Years Symposium


26th Annual Lowenfeld-Akeson Early Years Symposium (2022):


Saturday Morning February 5, 2022

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


online via Zoom meeting platform

William Good, MD

Douglas Fredrick, MD
Patty Obrzut, MS, OTR/L

Connect with colleagues, reconnect with old friends,
and enjoy this wonderful day of learning and reflection.
This is a day not to be missed!
Registration will be available beginning
November 1, 2021 at:




Registration rates:

  • Professionals    $40
  • Students           $20
  • Families            $20

Parent/Family Scholarships will be available thanks to the generosity of the William Silverman, MD Scholarship Fund






Please contact Jacqueline Barden, Blind Babies Foundation: (510) 446-2229 ext 756

Or email:  LowenfeldAkeson@gmail.com



Co-sponsored by:
  • Blind Babies Foundation (BBF)
  • California Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (CAPVI)
  • California Deafblind Services (CDBS)
  • California School for the Blind (CSB)
  • Northern California Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCAER)



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Lowenfeld-Akeson: Early Years Symposium

Berthold Lowenfeld - history

Berthold Lowenfeld - history

Berthold Lowenfeld ( 1901-1994) was born in Linz, Austria.

Dr. Lowenfeld received his Ph.D. from the University of Vienna. He dedicated his life to the education of people with visual impairments and worked to have persons with visual impairments fully integrated into society. Dr. Lowenfeld focused his research on the total effect of blindness during his ten years at the American Foundation for the Blind as Director of Research. He continued while a lecturer at Columbia University and as a consultant.

Dr. Lowenfeld published over one hundred articles and several books.

Dr. Lowenfeld served as Superintendent of the California School for the Blind for fifteen years. He mentored many of the current leaders in our field today.

Nancy Akeson - History

Nancy Akeson - History

Nancy Akeson was the first Home Counselor for the Blind Babies Foundation. Although she officially retired from BBF in 1984, Nancy remained active with the organization as a member of BBF's Professional Advisory Committee and periodically served as Interim Executive Director.

Nancy's publications include "Preschool Vision Stimulation--It's More Than a Flashlight," which she co-authored with Lois Harrell for the American Foundation for the Blind.

Nancy passed away in February, 2005. There was no one like her. She had an open heart and delighted in the uniqueness of everyone she encountered. Wherever she was, traveling and living throughout the world, she made friends. She was the greatest communicator, always speaking directly to what was important. Nancy's bold and engaged life is an inspiration to us all.