A CLC Alum Goes to College!

Amy Thrasher, Clinical Assistant Professor at SLHA passed on the good news from former Child Learning Center  parent Linda Roan that her daughter, Miah Noel Yager, was accepted to the College of Charleston's REACH program where she'll attend next fall. Linda wrote that Miah "was actually accepted at every school she applied to!  We want you guys to celebrate too because it truly does 'take a village,' and the great help Miah got in her early years certainly impacted her to become the person she is today.  She gave two speeches recently on the National level to boot!" 

Linda reported that "Miah was at the CLC from about 18 months old until shewent to Kindergarten.  She also received speech therapy at the clinic between 2 or 3 years of age and 2nd or 3rd grade and then some stuttering therapy in middle school.  CLC was instrumental in her development.  I remember when she was so little and so well loved, encouraged, andchallenged at the CLC like it was yesterday.  Please pass this message to Amy and other old CLCers." 

Miah recently spoke at United Church of Christ Youth Event 2012. As reported by UCC, "Taking the Elliott Hall stage at Purdue University by storm during the morning plenary July 13, Miah Noel Yager brought a brilliant smile, boundless energy and a resounding message to the UCC's National Youth Event 2012.

"I am about to do a new thing," said Miah, the youth keynote speaker, who has Down syndrome."I just graduated from high school and am going to college in the fall," said Miah, a graduate of Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo. "I need to learn to live without my parents, and I need to know what a dorm room looks like. I will make a way in the wilderness. "At one point in her speech, Miah had difficulty with her delivery. "Sorry about that," she said, smiling broadly. Her audience –– many of whom moved to tears at some point in the speech –– responded immediately with shouts of love and encouragement." See the full story and Miah in action HERE.  It isn't often that we are treated to alum stories from our former clients! Thank you to Linda and Amy for sending it our way!