Disability and Early Childhood Intervention: Brazil

Brazil Visa

Brazil will now definitely happen. The time draws near for another comparative view on a slice of the world- South America!

Our next international delegation departs in October and I received my visa for Brazil yesterday. In this trip, we will be doing transnational and transcultural exchanges of practices and policies regarding people with disabilities, as well as best practices for early childhood intervention services. We will be visiting nongovernmental and community-based organizations in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Our precise itinerary is as of yet remaining to be defined.

I am traveling with my boss, the Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and six other professionals interested in disabilities and early childhood intervention services. Our group is organized by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). My boss and I presented two posters at the AAIDD conference this summer:

Wilczenski, F.L., Timmons, J., Martell, P., & Vanderberg, L.E. (2012, June). Service-learning initiatives for youth in transition: Building character, career, and community. Poster session presented at the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Charlotte, NC.

Wilczenski, F.L., Vanderberg, L.E., & Sotnik, P. (2012, June). Inclusive service learning to optimize school to work transitions. Poster session presented at the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Charlotte, NC.

In Brazil, we will be looking to build relationships that can enhance our crosscultural understandings and program development at the University of Massachusetts Boston.