This message was received by the Aggies Elevated team from Felicia, a parent who read an article about the program in the Deseret News. It is shared by permission.
“I had to send a note to say Thank You! Thank you for giving our children this opportunity. Our oldest attends USU and loves your school. Our youngest is five and has Down syndrome. I was reading a while back about the limited opportunities for college offered to these amazing kids while I was trying to create a life/education plan for her. While there were some colleges accepting intellectual disabilities, there are not many. It was very discouraging. We want our daughter to grow up and have the experiences that will prepare her for an independent life. I was so thrilled to read the article about this program. I have tears as I write this. We wish your program all the success in the world! Love, love, love what you are doing at Utah State!”
Aggies Elevated at Utah State University believes that all individuals, regardless of ability, have the right to meaningful employment, lifelong learning, self-determination and full community inclusion. Utilizing the MyCLIMB (My Career Ladder to Independence, Maturity & Balance) person-centered planning model, Aggies Elevated students, along with invited family members and/or other stakeholders, will chart their own paths toward independence within an individualized framework of supports that identifies challenges, builds on individual strengths and encourages personal responsibility.