• Home
  • Services for Children with Special Needs in Peru

Services for Children with Special Needs in Peru

Services for Children with Special Needs in Peru
Lima, Peru
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Disciplines: 
Applied Behavioral Science
Special Education
Education--Unified Early Childhood
Graduate Courses
Program Type: 
Faculty Led
  • For Summer 2022, the program will travel to Belize
  • 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
  • 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.


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. The group will also visit Cusco and Machu Picchu. Cusco, south of Lima, is in the heart of the Incan empire, which is the most important civilizationin 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. 

Approximately six days will be spent at CASP, a non-profit educational organization that serves families and people with different abilities 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, learning about the assistance they provide to parents and the community, and observing family training in homes. On a few days there will be an audiology clinic. 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 food tour, visit a museum that houses pre-Columbian art and take a boat ride to Palomino Islands to observe a colony of approximately 8,000 sea lions. The group will also enjoy an evening of traditional Peruvian dancing. While in Cusco, the group will go on a tour of the city and visit ancient ruins in Pisac and Machu Picchu.

Identity Abroad: 

Identity Abroad

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Additional Resources

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.


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 early March because we have to provide passport information to confirm the hotel reservations and purchase the Lima-Cusco-Lima flights.

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 November 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 November 2020).

Program Faculty: 

For more information, please contact Clinical Assistant Professor Krysta Green (krystagreen@ku.edu), Clinical Assistant Professor Ana Paula Mumy (anapaula_mumy@ku.edu), or Clinical Assistant Professor Stephanie Meehan (smeehan8@ku.edu).  

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


Summer 2022 programs now accepting applications !

Study Abroad Information & Advising
Our office is available to help you with your study abroad questions.  Book a virtual appointment. 

Study Abroad Financial E-Advising
Personalized financial aid & scholarship advising Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM,
Book a virtual appointment.


Follow KU Study Abroad


Jayhawks Abroad Blog

Study Abroad Events
IIE Generation Study Abroad Partner

9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.1% of KU undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation.
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 160 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
Study Abroad & Global Engagement and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times