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International Association of Special Education

Fostering a Global Exchange of Ideas and Information

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Keynote Speaker - Dr. Liliana Mayo

Dr. Mayo is the General Director and Founder of the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP) in Lima, Peru, which serves more than 400 students with different abilities (especially those with the most severe limitations) and their families.

She is an Adjunct Faculty of the Department of Applied Behavioral Science (formally Human Development) at the University of Kansas, where she obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. She 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 Arabia Saudi, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, 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. Recently, at the United Nations Organization presented the experience of women and girls in rural areas with different abilities in Peru and how to empower them through 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 her 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 Fogarty 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. Also she has received the Paul Harris Award for Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru, likewise the Social Entrepreneurship Award of Peru.


She was recently honored by the First Lady of Panama, HS Marta Linares de Martinelli with the Order "Maria Ossa de Amador" in the Grade of Grand Medal in recognition of her contribution to the development of successful practices that promote progress and full inclusion of people with disabilities in society. It has also been awarded the Medal of the Ombudsman issued by the Ombudsman, Dr. Beatriz Merino, sharing honors with the distinguished Ambassador Javier Perez de Cuellar.


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 an even better place for all people with different abilities.

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