Aggies Elevated at UMTSS conference

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From left: Aggies Elevated program director Sarah Bodily, student Jenna Mosher, and Jenna’s mom, Lisa, after participating in a panel discussion at UMTSS.

The Utah Multi-Tiered Systems of Support conference brings together special education professionals from local school districts, state agencies and institutions of higher education to discuss best practices and new ideas.

Aggies Elevated was represented at two different breakout sessions during the most recent UMTSS conference in June. During a pre-conference symposium, program director Sarah Bodily, along with representatives from Weber State University, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College, discussed opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities in the state of Utah.

“This was the first time all those different services had come together in the same room to answer questions,” Bodily said after the symposium. “It’s a huge step in making transition services available for students with disabilities.”

During the main conference, Bodily, Aggies Elevated student Jenna Mosher and her mother, Lisa, and Aggies Elevated mentor Jessica Tremea participated in a panel discussion. Panelists discussed many aspects of the Aggies Elevated program and answered a variety of questions.

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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.

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