Families and Professionals Institute on "Active Learning"

This is an in-person event.

Event Date

Drury Plaza Hotel
1874 W McEwen Drive
Franklin, TN 37067
United States

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Event Type
Deaf-Blind Programs,
Parent Programs,
Professional Development,

Given the opportunity, any child can learn! Active Learning, an innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, focuses on establishing motivating learning environments for children with multiple special needs. Join Ms. Patricia Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R/L., as she provides you with this fresh and pioneering approach. Learn how to increase functional independence and developmental skills while reducing stereotypical, self-injurious or aggressive behaviors. This exciting conference will feature lecture, video and demonstrations. Active Learning equipment and materials will be on display throughout this conference.

What type of learner benefits from an Active Learning approach?
The Active Learning approach can be used in conjunction with other approaches, such as the work of Dr. Jan van Dijk. Though initially this approach was designed for individuals with visual impairments and deaf-blindness, it has proven to be effective with individuals with other significant disabilities, such as autism and cerebral palsy.   The Active Learning approach can be used with individuals with various visual conditions, such as CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) and ONH (Optic Nerve Hypoplasia), as well as with those who are deafblind or medically fragile. To learn more about “Active learning” please check out the link: http://activelearningspace.org/

Registration for this conference is available on-line at:
There is no registration fee for this event.

Hotel Scholarships are available to families who live more than 50 miles away-
There are a limited number of scholarships available to families who live more than 50 miles from conference location.  These scholarships will cover the cost of one hotel room for up to 2 nights at the Drury Plaza Hotel.  Families members who are interested and have a child on the TN Deaf-Blind Census can request a scholarship by contacting Danna Conn at danna.conn@vumc.org or 615-936-0262. 

There will be a family gathering on Thursday evening. 
There is no childcare available for this conference.
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