Conferences & Trainings

Mark Jacobson, M.D., Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Kaiser Santa Rosa.
Dr. Jacobson joined us for an ophthalmology inservice training at our October Staff Meeting. Also in the photo are BBF Vision Impairment Specialists Gail Calvello and Adrienne Appleton.
2013 Babies Count Task Force, the group met in Oakland this past July. Babies Count is the national registry for children with visual impairments, birth- three years. For more info on the Babies Count Project, please visit the website: Babies Count
L-R: Drue Banister (BBF VIS), Gail Calvello (BBF VIS), Julie Bernas-Pierce (BBF Program Director), DeEtte Snyder (Foundation for Blind Children, Phoenix, AZ), Linda Lawrence, M.D. (pediatric ophthalmologist, Salina, KS), JC Greeley (Anchor Center for the Blind, Denver, CO), Burt Boyer (APH, Louisville, KY)
Eighteenth Annual Lowenfeld-Akeson
Early Years Symposium:
“CVI Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!”
~A Special Event with Professor Gordon Dutton~

Friday February 7 & Saturday February 8, 2014
8:30am-4:00pm both days

California School for the Blind
500 Walnut Ave, Fremont, CA


Friday’s program will be geared to professionals, while the focus on Saturday will be for families as well as professionals.

Single day registration fees are $65 for professionals, $25 for students and families;
Two-day registration fees are $110 for professionals, $45 for students and families
Registration materials will be available in late November, before the Thanksgiving Holiday.
For registration materials, please contact:
Michael McFarland, Blind Babies Foundation
(510) 446-2229

Parent/Family Scholarships will be available due to the generosity of the William Silverman, M.D. Scholarship Fund

About Professor Dutton:

Professor Gordon Dutton is a Paediatric Ophthalmologist who worked for over 20 years at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Visual Science at Glasgow Caledonian University. His special interests include cerebral visual impairment (CVI) in children, and he believes that this subject needs to be at the forefront of awareness amongst those who work with children with low vision, so that all children with CVI can be identified and receive optimal assessment, advice and teaching.

He specialised in this subject because more than half of all children in the West of Scotland with visual impairment have damage to the brain as the principal cause. He lectures widely and has authored a number of publications on the subject. He has also co-edited, with Dr Martin Bax, the 2010 MacKeith Press textbook on CVI, entitled ‘Visual Impairment in Children Due to Damage to the Brain’ and with Dr Richard Bowman and Prof Elisa Fazzi has contributed the chapter on Cerebral Visual Impairment for the next MacKeith Press textbook on cerebral palsy. More recently Professor Amanda Lueck and he have compiled, edited and are submitting to AFB press, an analogous multi-author textbook for those working in children’s education, with a preliminary title of ‘Impairment of vision due to disorders of the visual brain in childhood: a practical approach.’

His talk ‘The Spectrum of Cerebral Visual Impairment as a Sequel to Premature Birth: an Overview’ will outline and explain his recent review paper of the same title.


Symposium Co-Sponsors:

·        Blind Babies Foundation (BBF)

·        California Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (CAPVI)

·        California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS)

·        California School for the Blind (CSB)

·        Northern California Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCAER)