WHY FAMILIES OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM IN PERU PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN THEIR EDUCATION
Liliana Mayo, General Director and Founder of the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP) in Lima, Peru, Adjunct Faculty of the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Mayo is also the representative of CASP in its cooperative agreement with the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies. Her university titles include Doctor Honoris Causa of the Universidad Ricardo Palma and the Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (UNIFE), The Distinguished Service Citation, that is University of Kansas top honor. Honorary Professor at the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, and Professor of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and the Universidad Catolica all in Lima, Peru. Dr. Mayo is also a Senior Ashoka Fellow.
Dr. Mayo prepares parents to participate directly in their children’ education by teaching them to be the best and most consistent teachers. She has given lectures and seminars in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Holland, Japan, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Turkey as well as in the United States, in which she presented topics related to the Functional/Natural Curriculum of CASP and the active involvement of parents in their children’s education.
Dr. Mayo and the CASP team along with Judith M. LeBlanc, Ph.D from the University of Kansas developed the Functional/Natural Curriculum model for families and students with different abilities. For this work, Dr. Mayo has received numerous awards and recognitions. Among them are the Campodonico Award, Medal of Honor of the Congress of the Republic of Peru, the Queen Sofia of Spain 1999 Award for Rehabilitation and Integration, the International Dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis award by the International Association of Applied Behavior Analysis, an award recognizing her international work with and for people with different abilities by the Lawton Chiles Center in conjunction with the Fogerty Center and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the top honor given by the Peruvian Government which is the Order “El Sol del Peru” in the Commander Grade.
Recently she has received the Paul Harris Award for Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru, likewise the Social Entrepreneurship Award of Peru.
Dr. Mayo, however, counts the success of the students and families in CASP as her greatest award and she recognizes that it takes a team of professionals and parents to make this success happen. She dreams of making the world and even better place for all people with different abilities.