APAE Sao Paulo Main Entrance
On October 22, 2012, we visited the Associação de Pais e Amigos dos Excepcionais – Sao Paulo (APAE), the Association of Parents and Friends of those with Exceptionalities. Laura Ferreira Guilhoto (Pediatric Neurologist, M.D., Ph.D.) gave a presentation about the context of Brazil and the history and current activities of the APAE of Sao Paulo. We also shared information in presentations about the history of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the current best practices in early childhood intervention.
Dr. Wilczenski and Dr. Vanderberg Presentation on Early Childhood Best Practices
Dr. Ferreira Guilhoto described for us that APAE was founded in 1961 by the families of people with intellectual disabilities and that it has over the decades brought together many different types of disabilities. Currently, APAE receives both private and public sector funding. APAE Sao Paulo serves about 3,500 individuals from childhood to adulthood. In the 2010 Brazilian census, 23.9% of the population had at least one disability, totaling 190,732,694 individuals. There are approximately 3,000 APAE in Brazil.
The adults with disabilities at APAE performed a cultural presentation for the AAIDD delegation. They played music and did dance routines. Please see the photographs below. What do you notice about the individuals in the photographs? Do you think you can identify any specific types of disabilities by the phenotype?
Music Performance at APAE
Individuals with Disabilities perform traditional Brazilian dance at APAE
APAE Performer with a home-made shaker instrument