By Sue Reeves
Most parents expect that their child will go to college, get a job, move away from home. And most children do, although not necessarily in that order.
For the parents of a young adult with an intellectual disability, however, the future is never as certain as that. But while the dreams parents have for their children may fade, they never go away completely, and once in a great while, a new dream begins to take shape.
Aggies Elevated is a pilot program at Utah State University that will offer an inclusive, on-campus college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities. It is the first of its kind in Utah, and one of only a handful of similar programs west of the Rocky Mountains. The first cohort of eight students recently visited the Logan campus for Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR), and will return when the semester begins in the fall.
One of them had this to say:
My goals right now are to become more independent in using money. I want to be able to make my own good choices. I want to be able to live in my own apartment, maybe with a pet or a roommate… And I would like to be a peer coach to other students who come into the program after me..
Read more on the Center for Persons with Disabilities website.
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