Students in the University Participant (UP) Program and students enrolled in SPED 315 joined Kelly Kelly, faculty in special education, in presenting at the NC Division on Career Development in Transition (NCDCDT) Conference in Greensboro on April 23, 2015. Presentations covered peer teaching of social skills, personal development, community living, and functional academics.
The UP Program and other organizations are uniting to sponsor a Ban the “R-Word” Rally on the WCU campus Wednesday, March 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Cardinal Room of the UC. For more information, see the WCU News article.
The UP Program is featured in the latest issue of Western Carolina Magazine. Follow the link to read the article titled “Embracing Inclusiveness.” http://magazine.wcu.edu/2015/02/embracing-inclusiveness/ The article focused in part on UP participants Ali Hale and Ronnie Shuler who were voted Homecoming queen and king in 2014.
UP graduate Kenneth Kelty traveled to Washington, DC to participate in Capitol Hill day with TASH (an organization that advocates for individuals with disabilities). Kenneth and his mother Jackie met with Representative George Holding (NC-13) to personally advocate for the ABLE Act which allows people with disabilities to set up tax free savings accounts for life expenses. Rep. Holding mentioned Kelty and the UP Program at WCU in his floor speech in support of the act, which passed the House.