Current Allied 5th Dimension Programs

1. La Clase Mágica

La Clase Mágica (LCM) is a bilingual/bicultural adaptation of the Fifth Dimension model initiated by Olga Vasquez in 1989 as part of the 5th Dimension Project. It began as a single program in a local church and has subsequently grown into a network of associated projects in a variety of community institutions. Its primary focus was on working with the low ­income recent immigrant Mexicano community in San Diego County (Lead Researcher: Olga Vasquez). 

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2. SARAH/­LCHC Fifth Dimension Collaboration

SARAH is a Brazilian non­profit network of federally funded rehabilitation hospitals and related educational training institutes. SARAH­Brasília, the flagship of the network, plays a multifaceted role in teaching, administration and the delivery of clinical services designed to foster knowledge and medical advancement. The clinical conditions most frequently treated at the SARAH Network include: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular diseases and orthopedic problems. The LCHC­ SARAH/Brasilia collaboration began in 2002. During 2006­2007 the SARAH hospital in Brasilia implemented a version of the Fifth Dimension (Lead Researchers: Michael Cole, Lućia Braga).

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See a TV interview about the work at SARAH.


3. Inti Tekoa/Uniandes 5th Dimension collaboration in Bogotá

The Department of Psychology at the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, has established a 5th Dimension program in Caracoli, a barrio in the southern part of Bogotá, known as Ciudad Bolivar, where families, many of them displaced from the countryside by Colombia's long hostilities, have low incomes and limited access to community services. The program has been established with non-profit group Inte Tekoa, which is active in this barrio, and has provided the site. During the past year undergraduates have been visiting two afternoons each week. Students from a local high school have also volunteered to carry out their Social Service in our program (Lead Researcher: Martin Packer).