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Services for Children with Special Needs in Peru

Services for Children with Special Needs in Peru
Lima, Peru
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  • Spend one week at the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP), a non-profit organization that serves families and people with different abilities
  • Take city tours and visit museums
  • Visit Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu
Program Summary: 

This summer study abroad program is designed for Speech-Language-Hearing majors and other students with an interest in working with people with different types of disabilities. The group will visit Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP), a non-profit organization in Lima that specializes in educating and working with children with disabilities and their families. The time spent at CASP will expose the group to innovative, equitable, and inclusive models of supporting children and adults with different abilities. The program will also offer opportunities to see a variety of other sites dedicated to serving children in Peru. Students will also visit the Cusco and Machu Picchu at the end of the program. 


Peru is the third largest country in South America and can be divided into three regions: Amazon rainforest, highlands, and the coast. Lima, the capital, is located on the Pacific Ocean and has important museums detailing the pre-Columbian and colonial history of the city. Cusco is south of Lima and is in the heart of the Incan empire, which is the most important civilization in South America and dates to more than 5,000 years ago. Machu Picchu is an Incan city built on a mountaintop in the 15th century and is surrounded by temples, terraces, and water channels. 

Academic Information: 

Three hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. Students will enroll in 3 credit hours of SPLH 452/752 Examining Global Perspectives in Speech-Language-Hearing. 

During the Spring semester the group will meet six times, for a total of 28 hours, with the faculty directors to receive an overview and orientation to the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP), learn basic survival Spanish language skills, learn and practice how to conduct hearing screenings from a certified and licensed audiologist, and build awareness and knowledge of the culture of Peru. Graduate students enrolled in SPLH 752 may be required to facilitate discussions or prepare presentations for these meetings. 

Several days will be spent at CASP, a non-profit educational organization that serves families and people with different disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or developmental delay. Some of the activities that students may participate in at CASP include visiting classrooms to see how teachers work with their students and learning about the assistance they provide to parents and the community. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about CASP's philosophy, procedures, and mission. 


Students are housed in double or triple room occupancy in hotels for the duration of the program. 

Life Abroad: 

While in Lima, students will go on a city tour and visit historical and archeological museums, one of which houses pre-Columbian handicrafts. The group will also visit an outdoor market and enjoy an evening of traditional Peruvian dancing. The group will then travel to Cusco, which is in the heart of the Incan empire. The group will go on a walking city tour of the traditional area of Cusco and visit an animal sanctuary, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Machu Picchu. 


Open to KU undergraduate and graduate students. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition.

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Passport and entry requirements

All students must have their passport in hand by late March because we have to provide passport information to confirm the Lima-Cusco-Lima airline ticket and hotel reservations.

All U.S. citizens must have a passport to enter Peru. Your passport must be valid for six months after the program ends (i.e. until January 2018). If it's not, renew it. No tourist visa is required.

Non U.S. citizens are responsible for understanding your entry requirements. Read more about visas and entry requirements on the website of the Consulate General of Peru in Dallas. Please carefully read the information on the website. Your passport must be valid for six months after the program ends (i.e. until January 2019).

Program Faculty: 

For more information, please contact Clinical Assistant Professor Stephanie Meehan (stephaniemeehan@ku.edu) or Clinical Assistant Professor Krysta Green (krystagreen@ku.edu).  

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Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.


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