About Us

This site has been collaboratively developed by Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, Michigan, Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin, Texas. We hope that you will feel free to use and share the contents to educate yourself and others about the Active Learning approach developed by Dame Lilli Nielsen.  We are very grateful to the teachers, parents, and especially the children who have shared their experiences with Active Learning to make this site of benefit to others.

Penrickton Center for Blind Children

PenricktonLogoWhitePenrickton Center, established in 1952, is a private, non-profit five day residential and day care agency serving blind, multi- disabled children ages one through twelve. Penrickton Center is located in Taylor, Michigan. Penrickton Center along with its staff are strong proponents of the Active Learning approach, utilizing these strategies with all of their students.  Penrickton Center staff has been authorized by Dr. Nielsen to provide in-service training and seminars. Please contact Patty Obrzut, Assistant Director at patty@penrickton.com for more information.

Perkins School for the Blind

elearning logo 1Perkins School for the Blind offers resources for educators and families, as well as professional development opportunities for anyone interested in children and youth who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind or with multiple disabilities.

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

TSBVI LogoThe Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) established in1856 has expanded its scope through the years to support the needs of all children with visual impairments in Texas. Our website boasts a number of resources including articles, webpages, webinars and training activities to promote the appropriate use of the Active Learning strategies and equipment. A number of the staff in the Outreach Programs are available to provide training in various areas of Active Learning, especially in Texas.  Contact Kate Hurst, Statewide Staff Development Coordinator for more information at hurstk@tsbvi.edu.

Other Collaborators

LilliWorks LogoLilliWorks Active Learning Foundation is a primary source of information on Active Learning (AL) and the sole source of Active Learning equipment authorized by Dr. Lilli Nielsen in North America. As a nonprofit, LilliWorks’ mission is to advance Active Learning through supply of equipment, education, outreach and research. LilliWorks is dedicated to the Active Learning principle that “Everyone Can Learn“.

Narbethong State Special SchoolNarbethong State Special School in Queensland, Australia, follows the methodology of the late Lili Nielsen’s Active Learning, following the basic premise that unless the student performs the actions themselves and develops the prerequisite developmental skills, it is very difficult to teach a student functional activities.  They have generously shared information from their website.

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The Institutt for Aktiv Læring is a Norwegian organization started by Astrid Ardal.  They also have a Facebook page and both are in Norwegian.