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Physical therapy students to help children with disabilities in Central American country

Physical therapy students at the University of Rhode Island will soon take their skills – and compassion – to one of the poorest countries in Central America.

During a 14-day visit next month to San Pedro La Laguna in the mountains of Guatemala students will help children with disabilities – and learn how people get by in a country where more than half live in poverty.

Jennifer Audette, of South Kingstown, the assistant professor of physical therapy who is leading the trip, says the visits over the last decade have been so successful URI is now the only group permitted to volunteer at Centro Maya Servicio Integral, a nonprofit that assists about 40 children and teenagers who have…


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