As part of their Career Exploration 2 class, Aggies Elevated students have participated in lab placements. For one hour each week during the second semester, the students shadow campus professionals in jobs that might interest them. Placements rotate every four weeks. Lab placements have occurred at the Developmental Skills Lab, the Assistive Technology Lab, Sound Beginnings Preschool, with the Facilities staff at the Center for Persons with Disabilities and assisting CPD Consumer Liaison Gordon Richins.
“The labs have been crucial to practicing the skills each student has been working on in Career Exploration 1 and 2,” said Aggies Elevated program director Sarah Bodily. “Exposure to on-the-job experience is a big part of deciding what you want to do in the future, and that is what these labs have been offering. Each one of the students has experienced different positions that allow them to rule out or to explore the job in more depth. These are valuable opportunities to decide what they want their future to look like.”
Amity shadowed the CPD facilities staff and attended music therapy sessions at DSL, a day program for adults with severe disabilities.
“I loved music therapy,” she said. “I love music and I love special needs kids.”
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.