Lowenfeld-Akeson: Early Years Symposium


24th Annual Lowenfeld-Akeson Early Years Symposium (2020):


Developing Relationships and Building Social and Emotional Growth for Young Children with Visual Impairments: Focus on Infant and Family Mental Health”


Saturday February 1, 2020

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

at the California School for the Blind:
500 Walnut Avenue, Fremont, CA - Theater Building

Sharon Sacks, Ph.D.,
Andrea Urqueta Alfaro, Ph.D.
Lucia Milburn, Ph.D.
Connect with colleagues, reconnect with old friends,
and enjoy this wonderful day of learning and reflection.
This is a day not to be missed!
The day’s program will also include a Parent Panel.
Please note: Early registration deadline is Jan. 17, 2020, please mail your check and form early to save $15






Please contact Jacqueline Barden, Blind Babies Foundation:

(510) 446-2229 



Registration rates: 

  • Professionals $65
  • Students $25
  • Families $25
~Parent/Family Scholarships will be available due to the generosity of the William Silverman, M.D. Scholarship Fund~
Co-sponsored by:
  • Blind Babies Foundation (BBF), a program of Wayfinder Family Services
  • 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.