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Services for Children with Special Needs in Peru

Services for Children with Special Needs in Peru
Location: 
Lima, Peru
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Speech-Language-Hearing
Applied Behavioral Science
Special Education
Education--Unified Early Childhood
Graduate Courses
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Highlights: 
  • Spend one week at the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP), a non-profit organization that serves families and people with different abilities
  • Participate in cultural activities
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.

Location: 

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.

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. 

Housing: 

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.

Eligibility: 

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

Further Reading: 

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 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 2020). 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 2020).

Program Faculty: 

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

Add Course: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Graduate students only
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3

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