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Students and faculty in India

During Spring Break, Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling Department (EDSRC) faculty and students traveled to a small village in southern India to work with community partners in the provision of assessment and intervention services to children and youth with disabilities.

Most of the children are provided intervention through a local non-profit organization. Some attend public school in local villages, and some came from great distances to access the services provided by the UK team of educators and medical personnel.

Drs. Amy Spriggs and Katherine McCormick (EDSRC) worked in collaboration with developmental and general practice pediatricians from the UK College of Medicine, Drs. Tom Young, Mike Anstead, and Dan Larrow, as well as Physical Therapist Elizabeth Siereveld from the UK College of Health Sciences. College of Education students included Molly Baldridge (Moderate and Severe Disabilities), Kaylee Ortiz (Learning and Behavior Disorders) and Hannah Duff (Elementary Education).

The students and faculty worked in interdisciplinary teams while in the village of Mayasandra and then participated in two cultural days to learn more about India and their approach to disabilities and education. The team intends to return during spring 2016 to provide both interdisciplinary assessments as well as educational consultation.

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