Civic Duty Praised for Sponsorship of Penrickton Center’s Active Learning Conference

(PRWEB) October 15, 2013

Penrickton Center for Blind Children thanks Civic Duty and the Omidi brothers for their support of the Center’s Active Learning Conference. Active Learning techniques utilize special play and activities focused on the development of critical motor skills, spatial relations, social comfort, and basic life skills.


(PRWEB) October 15, 2013

Penrickton Center for Blind Children offers their thanks to the Omidi brothers and Civic Duty for supporting the Active Learning Conference. The two day event in early November will instruct parents, caregivers and educators how to employ Active Learning techniques with special needs children.

“We are extremely pleased by the Omidi brothers’ support of this conference, which we expect to be both exciting and enlightening,” says Kurt Sebaly, Executive Director of the Penrickton Center. “Given the opportunity and the right circumstances, all children can learn. This conference will demonstrate to teachers, caregivers, and parents alike that all children can be empowered to live full lives.”

Blind children with multiple impairments often become passive, waiting for adults to initiate learning. Active Learning techniques are focused on creating a diverse learning space that encourages children to become “active learners.” The Penrickton Center for Blind Children has used the Active Learning approach and curriculum for more than 20 years and the conference will feature lectures and demonstrations by the Center’s Assistant Director, Patricia Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R/L.

The Penrickton Center Active Learning Conference will be held at:

The Holiday Inn in Southgate, Michigan
November 5-6, 2013
For registration information, is available at:

The Active Learning philosophy was created 40 years ago by Danish psychologist Dr. Lilli Nielsen. She is the author of numerous books and papers and the inventor of such Active Learning aides as the Little Room, Support Bench, and HOPSA-dress. The two-day conference will discuss Active Learning techniques that employ play and activity as tools for developing critical motor skills, spatial relations, social comfort, and basic life skills. Active Learning equipment and materials will be on display throughout this conference.

Penrickton Center for Blind Children ( is a non-profit agency providing five-day residential, day care, and consultation/evaluation services to blind, multi-disabled children ages one through twelve. Penrickton programs are especially designed to provide developmentally-compromised children the ability to cope with independent living. It serves not only the blind, but also children with cerebral palsy, brain damage, deafness, developmental delay, and epilepsy. Penrickton Center uses occupational therapy, active learning, music/dance/movement therapy, and developmental programming to support child and family development.

Civic Duty ( is dedicated to mankind’s search for meaning and promotes the values of its founders, philanthropists Julian Omidi and his brother Dr. Michael Omidi. The organization’s mission is to inspire creative outreach, community service, and volunteerism through the stories of every-day people who are making an extraordinary difference in the world. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men.” To get involved and help make a difference, send us a message using the website’s Contact Us function. More information about Civic Duty can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.


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