The First Lady of the Republic of Panama, Marta Martinelli de Linares, opened the first education center in the country for people with different abilities in May 2012, Centro Ann Sullivan de Panama (CASPAN). The center was built after the model established by Dr. Liliana Mayo, Ph.D., who founded the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP), in 1979 with great success. The center provides development of practices and successful experiences that help promote the success of full inclusion into society for people with different abilities.
Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder & CEO of ICare4Autism, visited the newly established CASPAN center as a guest of the First Lady. Dr. Weinstein toured the beautiful campus and was introduced to some of the centers practices, staff and children. In their visit, they discussed a planned ICare4Autism Autism Pediatrics Conference in Panama for April. Dr. Weinstein offered to help provide staff training and workshops at their center. ICare4Autism and the Republic of Panama are continuing their global awareness and collaboration. Working together continuously will lead to breakthroughs in research and care. ICare4Autism and the Republic of Panama have similar goals. They both want to create opportunities and growth for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Working together will help them realize that goal.