KU Study Abroad - Peru: Culture & Disability

Peruvian Culture and Disability Lima & Cusco, Peru

Next offering: TBD

Students will gain a global perspective on the experience of disability within a South American culture. In addition to knowledge and skills training, students will be able to try a “hands-on” approach in working with Peruvian adults and children with various disabilities.

The University of Kansas summer study abroad program in Peru offers students the opportunity to gain an international perspective on the social, educational, and non-governmental services available to Peruvian adults and children with various disabilities and their families in the coastal and mountain regions of Perú. The program is hosted by the Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú (CASP), an internationally recognized leader in providing high quality educational programs for persons with different abilities. Participants will visit public and private centers and schools serving children with special needs in both Lima and Cusco. Participants will also visit organizations and groups that serve adults with disabilities. In addition, participants will visit universities in Lima to hear presentations by renowned disability leaders and scholars on various aspects of independent living and disability in Peru.

Students will also have the opportunity to visit many of Peru’s rich historical and archaeological sites. This program includes visits to sites of interest in Lima and Cusco such as the Archaeology Museum, Museum of Gold, San Isidro, Barranco, and the Indian Market as well as field trip to Machu Picchu—the lost city of the Inca.

Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú (CASP)

The Ann Sullivan Center of Peru was founded by Dr. Liliana Mayo in 1979. Beginning with just eight students, CASP now serves more than 450 students and their families. CASP is a non-profit organization serving individuals with different abilities (mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, etc.) and their families through a variety of center-based and community-based programs. It is also an internationally recognized research center and training facility for issues in mobility.

Program Director

Dr. Glen White is a Professor and Senior Scientist in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. He currently directs the Research and Training Center on Independent Living and has conducted research and training in Peru since 1997. This program is the result of collaborative efforts between Dr. White and Dr. Liliana Mayo, Director of the Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú. Dr. Mayo has served as the director of CASP for 30 years and has an extensive understanding of disability issues affecting Peruvians and will serve as co-director for this Study Abroad program. She will also be assisted by the senior program staff of CASP.

Learn more about Professor White in the following article in the Lawrence Journal World:

KU Professor advocates accessibility around the globe

Academic Program

ABSC 479 Study Abroad Topics In: Peruvian Culture & Disability (3 credits) Undergraduate

ABSC 894 Study Abroad Topics In: Peruvian Culture & Disability (3 credits) Graduate

This study abroad course is designed to provide students with a greater understanding and experience of the issues facing Peruvians with disabilities. The course will consist of guest lectures that highlight various aspects of disability in Peruvian life. Disabilities will be broadly covered and will also address issues across the life-span. In addition to lectures, students will learn experientially through a broad array of site visits, participation in Peruvian cultural activities, and personal interactions with Peruvians with disabilities.

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Students will be housed in double or triple-occupancy rooms at hotels in Lima and Cusco for the program duration. Breakfast will be provided daily at the hotels. Several group lunches and dinners are also provided.


Open to undergraduate and graduate students from any accredited U.S. college or university with an interest in domestic and international mobility issues. Minimum 2.5 GPA required.


Three hours of undergraduate credit in Applied Behavioral Science are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program.

Financial Aid

KU students who qualify for summer financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.

Limited supplemental scholarships are available to KU undergraduates. Online scholarship applications will be available late August. The scholarship application deadline is March 1.

Non-KU students should check into the financial resources available to them at their home institutions.

Application Procedures

Final Application Deadline: March 1, 2011. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Online applications will be available late August.

(Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to download an application. If your computer does not have Acrobat Reader you can download it for FREE.)

Useful Websites

Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú: http://annsullivanperu.org

For more information contact:

Dr. Glen White, Program Director
The University of Kansas
Department of Applied Behavioral Science
4001 Dole Human Development Center
phone: 785-864-0523
e-mail: glen@ku.edu

The University of Kansas
Office of Study Abroad
Lippincott Hall
1410 Jayhawk Blvd. Room 108
Lawrence, KS 66045-7515
phone: 785-864-3742
fax: 785-864-5040
e-mail: osa@ku.edu