Aggies Elevated was well-represented at the 2017 State of the Art Conference at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, Nov. 15 and 16. The conference brought together more than 300 educators, professionals, parents and students, all focused on the topic of inclusive post-secondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities
Former Aggies Elevated mentor and current doctoral student in Disability Studies, Kayla Currier Kipping, presented with Aggies Elevated Career Success Coordinator Sue Reeves in a breakout session. The presentation was titled, “Embracing Change: Motivational Interviewing to Help Students Overcome Resistance and Achieve Goals,” and grew out of training delivered to Aggies Elevated mentors.
Reeves presented with Katrina Dubree from Next Steps at Vanderbilt, a post-secondary program in Nashville, on the value of having a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor on the staff of a post-secondary education program.
The two-day conference featured about 40 breakout sessions in strands including policy updates, campus life, employment, program development and evaluation, academics, research and evaluation, independent living, family and community support, and transition to college. For the first time, a concurrent Student Leadership Conference for about 100 students was held.
“It’s always a great conference, with great information and wonderful people,” Reeves said. “Kayla and I are already brainstorming proposal ideas for next year, and we would love to take one of our Aggies Elevated students to the Student Leadership Conference.”
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.