Senior Lecturer, Julie Dunlap, was part of an inter-departmental, multi-institutional group that received a grant from the UW Global Innovation Fund to establish a sustainable, student service-learning program in Peru. Members of this group include the University of Washington departments of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Education, Seattle Children's Hospital, and Washington University. This U.S. group partnered with Peruvian stakeholder, Mano Unidas, to compete for the grant which was awarded in December 2015.
The group traveled to Peru in September 2016 to implement their project which focused on program development, needs assessment, and education/training at the only private special education school in Cusco, Peru. They also developed and implemented a two-day Symposium focusing on the ‘Five Cs of Inclusion’ — Comprehensive, Community, Connection, Contribution, and Contemplation. The Symposium was attended by over 350 general and special education teachers, therapists, psychologists, medical doctors and parents. The Symposium included case studies and participants were led through a series of team-based problem solving exercised using the WHO-ICF. They also conducted focus groups with parents and teachers at Manos Unidas.
Julie Dunlap, who is passionate about global service learning, has also traveled with graduate students to Guatemala many times to provide much need therapy services to the local population, through a partnernship with Hearts in Motion.
Our department is helping to make a global impact!