Un Mundo's special education program aims to expand access to education and health care for children and youth with physical and mental challenges, while working towards a more just society where the uniqueness of all individuals is celebrated. This program began in 2009 with 9 kids in 3 communities who were enrolled in special education classes at the Emilia D' Cuire School in La Ceiba through 2013. From 2014, the program has operated locally, with participating youth attending schools in their local community. Initially, the program partnered with 5 schools in 5 different communities, and benefited 27 children. Today, the program operates in 8 schools in 8 communities, and benefits 57 children who live with various conditions, such as Down's Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Dislexia among others.
Each student participant is enrolled in the local school. In each one of the schools, Un Mundo assists in providing a special education specialist who supports the student one-on-one in his or her learning, as well as monitoring the student's development in school and at home in conjunction with the parent/guardians. The program also involves the work of a parents' association, who meet monthly to give updates and support, as well as to ensure the sustainablity of the program in general. This parent association obtained official legal status in 2016. Un Mundo's special education programming functions in an integrative and participatory manner, strengthening the capacities of the children involved, as well as the parents, the specialists, and the other students in the schools. Apart from the scholastic side of the program, Un Mundo offers specialized attention to the participating families via a group of volunteers made up of a psychologist, special education teachers, a physical therapist, and an occupational therapist who perform monthly evaluations with each child and develop a work plan for the in-school volunteer to follow along with the parents of the student.
more information about the components of our special education programming...
some of the people that make the project possible:
Digna Duarte, Volunteer specialist, 2016-present
Margot Fuentes, Volunteer specialist, 2015-present
Loani Salvador, Volunteer specialist, 2015-present
Elsa Flores, Volunteer specialist, 2016-present
Lilian Medina, Volunteer specialist, 2017-present
Kendy Lemus, Volunteer specialist, 2015-present
Santiago García, Volunteer specialist, 2016-present
Danny Pérez, Volunteer specialist, 2017-present