CLC Alum Miah Yager Goes to College!

Miah YagerAmy Thrasher, Clinical Assistant Professor at SLHS shared wonderful news from former Child Learning Center parent Linda Roan-Yager. Linda's daughter, Miah Noel Yager, was accepted to the College of Charleston's REACH program where she'll attend next fall. Linda informed us 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." 

Linda mentioned that "Miah was at the CLC at about 18 months old from 1993-94 until she went 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. The CLC was instrumental in her development. I remember when she was so little and so well loved, encouraged, and challenged at the CLC like it was yesterday. She gave two speeches recently on the National level to boot! Please pass this message to Amy and other old CLC-ers."  Miah's sisters Juliana and Nikola aslo attended CLC. Linda still has Miah's parent-teacher journals as family artifacts.  

Miah, now 20 years old, recently spoke at a United Church of Christ Youth Event in 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, Colorado. "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 Linda and Amy for sharing this story and Congratulations to Linda and Miah!