Civic Duty Supports November’s Active Learning Conference of the Penrickton Center

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Civic Duty cofounders Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi support the Penrickton Center for Blind Children’s Active Learning Conference. Penrickton Center has employed Active Learning techniques for more than 20 years and will present and discuss their “best practices” at this special meeting.

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The cofounders of the nonprofit organization Civic Duty, Dr. Michael Omidi and his brother Julian Omidi, will support this year’s Penrickton Center Active Learning Conference to be held November 5-6, 2013. The meeting will feature presentations and discussions about the newest and most effective alternative educational techniques for blind and developmentally-delayed children.

“This conference will help educators and parents understand the different teaching methodologies for children with developmental differences. It is extremely important, for the sake of the children, that caregivers are fully versed in the latest information and techniques,” says Julian Omidi, cofounder of Civic Duty. “Civic Duty is proud to sponsor this event.”

Many blind children with multiple impairments 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.” Active Learning techniques emphasize the simple ways one can change the environment to encourage the child to become an “active learner.” 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: http://www.penrickton.com/events.

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 (http://www.penrickton.com) 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 (http://www.civicduty.org) 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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