LilliWorks 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.

Active Learning is an approach shown to reach learners with the most severe disabilities, including cerebral palsy, deaf blindness and developmental delay. LilliWorks is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the Active Learning principle that “Everyone Can Learn”.


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“.

News & Events


Active Learning Space-Active Learning Online Courses

Dr. Lilli Nielsen’s techniques that emphasize simple ways to change the environment so that a child becomes an “active learner”.

Go to link below for more information and registration.



Penrickton Center for Blind Children Presents
An Active Learning Conference
November 5 and 6, 2018
Southgate, Michigan

Given the opportunity, every child can learn!

The Active Learning approach helps parents, teachers and caregivers establish motivating learning environments for children with multiple special needs.
Learn to increase a child’s functional independence and developmental skills.  Active Learning equipment and materials will be on display.
Patricia Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R./L., assistant director at Penrickton Center, is an expert in this innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen. Conference will feature lecture, video and demonstrations.

For more information:  www.penrickton.com OR janet@penrickton.com


Active Learning Space!

Latest eNewsletterhttp://mailchi.mp/8e91c922b16d/whats-new-in-active-learning?e=fe8825cb73

Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Perkins School for the Blind are collaborating to create online resources based on the work of Dr. Lilli Nielsen.   We have created a website  http://www.activelearningspace.org/, which we invite you to explore! We are adding content regularly and we will try to use this newsletter to let you know when there’s something new to check out.  In addition, we will have a series of webinars and other trainings in the coming year, so stay tuned to learn more.

Last Updated 10/12/2016

Design Update!

New size for the Standing Harness. Listening to our customers-you!, we are now offering a Size 2wide/3long, HD-2W3L, to accommodate the taller but slender learner.  We hope this will help to better serve your needs.

The HOPSA dress-Standing Harness is now quilted for easier washing. Directions are given with the manual.
There is also an addition of padding for the crotch area with each Standing Harness and additional ones are available to order.

The Little Room now comes with a copy of the book “Space & Self”


Lilliworks Listens”- If you have compliments or complaints, need action or want to give feedback, please
contact our Exec. Dir.-

Rand Wrobel Executive Director (510)914-2349

(For order information and status, please contact info@lilliworks.org, or 510-814-9111)



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Video by Yolanda Reyes www.yolandareyes.com Cinematographer, Editor, Lighting Consultant

LilliWoks & Active Learning Introduction Active Learning is an educational/theraputic approach for learners with severe disabilities, including cerebral palsy, deafblindness and developmental delay, originated by Dr. Lilli Nielsen of Denmark. LilliWorks Active Learning Foundation was begun by parents, educators and therapists to supply specially designed equipment, and to education, provide outreach and research for Active Learning.


Resources- MEDIA

This video was crafted by Jessica Vohar and Danielle Carr as a public service through the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.








Marcy White has shared a video with us of her son using the HOPSA Standing Harness

Here is a link to a video of my son using the hopsa dress. It was taken the first time he used it at home:



Active Learning was originated by Dr. Lilli Nielsen of Denmark, a recognized world expert in the education of children with multiple severe disabilities. It is easy to practice with everyday items, and special equipment is available. Learn more about Active Learning

LilliWorks was founded by parents of children with severe disabilities, therapists and volunteers in 2001 and is a 501c3 tax exempt charity. Learn more about LilliWorks

LilliWorks’ Active Learning Newsletters provides a variety of informative articles on Active Learning.
See Newsletters

LilliWorks now supplies all of Dr. Nielsen’s books and continues to supply her videos, now on DVD. See Books and Videos

Did you know LilliWorks supplies kits for a variety of equipment? Learn about DIY AL Equipment: Kits

A statewide three year study in Texas shows Active Learning to be very beneficial. Learn About Active Learning: The 3 Year 3 A’s Study in Texas

* Amendments to Catalog:

Item “Spools” pg.5 is not available.
Item “Tactile Papers” pg.10 is not available.
Item “Square Hammock” pg.8 is not available.