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Active Learning Space

Please go to Active Learning Space at for the most detailed and up-to-date information about Active Learning. This is a website collaboratively developed and managed by Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Perkins School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

About Active Learning

"For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." -Aristotle

"We are not teaching skills; we are activating neurology." - Daniel Kish

Active Learning is an approach developed by Dame Lilli Nielsen to aid visually impaired and deafblind individuals develop tactile skills and build foundational skills in other critical cognitive, physical and emotional development. Based on typical child development, this approach targets individuals of all ages who function under a developmental age of 3 when real learning only takes place by "doing". To learn more about this approach, explore the resources listed on this page.

Dame Lilli NielsenDame Lilli Nielsen (1926-2013)

Dame Lilli Nielsen passed away in June of 2013 only days after the Active Learning Conference in Houston. We honor her life and work and mourn her passing.

Active Learning Theory was developed by Dame Lilli Nielsen, sibling of and teacher to individuals with visual impairments and deafblindness in Denmark. Her approach has been widely used throughout Texas, the nation and the world to address learning for these children.

In an effort to promote the use of Active Learning theory with students who are visually impaired, visually and multiply impaired or deafblind, Outreach Programs has collected relevant articles and information to share with professionals and family members. What follows is a listing of training events, articles, books, videos, websites, and other materials on this approach.