Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú

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Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú
Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú logo
Founded 1979
Type Special Education School, International Research & Training Center
Focus autism, down syndrome & developmental disabilities
Key people
Liliana Mayo
Judith M. LeBlanc
Slogan Together making possible the impossible
Website www.annsullivanperu.org

Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú (CASP) is a non-profit organization based in Lima, Perú that provides services to individuals with a wide range of developmental disabilities including autism and Down syndrome, as well as their families.[1]


Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú was founded in 1979 by Liliana Mayo and named after Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan.[1] The Center follows the general guidelines of Applied behavior analysis through their own methodology, the Functional natural curriculum, which was developed along with consultant Judith M. LeBlanc.[2] The Center currently serves 400 students in its campus in the San Miguel District of Lima.[3]


Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú’s student programs include early childhood intervention, preschool, school, vocational instruction, supported employment and inclusion. All programs put heavy emphasis on family training and participation, and include activities like school of parents, in-house training and sibling education.[4]

The Center also serves as an international research and training site for professionals. It currently has formal cooperation agreements and study-abroad programs with the University of Kansas[5] and the University of Georgia.[6] There are special education schools that have fully implemented it’s methodology in Brazil[7] and Spain.[8]

Since 1997, the Center has conducted a program of distance education aimed at training professionals and families in rural areas of Peru through educational videos and teleconferencing.[9]


Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú refers to its students as “people with different abilities” instead of "disabled".[10]

The Center's goal for its students is not only to be integrated in schools and jobs, but to achieve a full integration into family and social activities, an "integration into life" [11]

The educational approach of the Center is based on their motto "Treat me like a Person".[12]


  1. ^ a b O'Neil, J., "Her Long-Distance Connections Came Through", The New York Times, November 18, 2002
  2. ^ Schroeder, S.R. (2006). “History of the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru – CASP”, in Schiefelbusch RL & Schroeder SR (Eds.) “Doing science and doing good”. Baltimore: Paul Brookes Publishing Co.
  3. ^ Official site of Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú
  4. ^ Council for Exceptional Children, International Programs
  5. ^ KU Office of Study Abroad, Peruvian Culture and Disability Archived March 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ UGA Study Abroad in Peru Program, History Archived April 2, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Centro Ann Sullivan do Brasil, Ribeirão Preto
  8. ^ Familias-Centro Ann Sullivan España, Granada Archived June 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Ashoka, Innovators for the Public Archived February 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ The Wharton Global Alumni Forum Newsletter, Lima-Peru
  11. ^ Noto, L. (2005). “A case study of the Ann Sullivan Center in Lima, Peru”. The International Journal of Special Education, 20, 47-57.
  12. ^ CASP Goals and Mission[permanent dead link]

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