Autism in Peru – Just Like Anyone

Just Like Anyone


Just Like Anyone is the 2007 documentary, featuring stories from the Ann Sullivan Center in Lima, Peru.

The Ann Sullivan Center is an international model research and training facility.

  • It is an educational and training provider for hundreds of people with different learning abilities along with their families

Alonso Mayo is the film maker whose mother, Dr. Liliana Mayo, founded the Ann Sullivan Center in 1979.


These excerpts tell the stories of 3 of the Autistic participants.

  • Their challenges and progress and those of their families



Josue is 3 years old and learning to speak



Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos is 13 and learning life skills to prepare him for employment when he finishes school.




Julio is 30 years old and works in a Bank.


Alonso Mayo is also the film maker of the 2012 autism-themed feature film The Story of Luke

It was his research project for that film, on location in Peru, that inspired his documentary Just Like Anyone 

  • @alonsomayo
  • @thestoryofluke


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. A Quiet Week
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 08:27:48

    Spectrum Scribe,

    You are doing wonderful work raising awareness across cultures. Thank you.



    • spectrumscribe
      Jan 20, 2013 @ 02:29:22

      Thanks Lori.

      Most Autistic people are by definition living in the developing world.

      Many/most of those have access to few if any services.

      Maybe blogs like ours will be helpful to some.

      But if nothing else, we are bearing witness to these members of the World Autism community, announcing to the World that they are not invisible and perhaps helping to give them a voice.


      • A Quiet Week
        Jan 20, 2013 @ 09:47:16

        So true. I’d love to collaborate with you in the future to spread awareness in Russia.Translating a seminal article from each of our Tribe’s blogs to post on their own site would be my dream.

        Right now, I’m doing this for my Mother-in-Law who will be here next week. That’s why my blog has been so tourette’s oriented, so she is prepared for the visit. I haven’t published the translations, but it is on my mind.

        So happy you are doing this! 🙂


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