GLITCH conference helps students with disabilities transition into adulthood

Local high school students with disabilities and their families made the trip to MVCC on Monday to learn about resources in the community to help them transition into adulthood.

Posted: May. 21, 2018 4:46 PM

UTICA – Local high school students with disabilities and their families made the trip to Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica on Monday to learn about resources in the community to help them transition into adulthood.

The GLITCH conference – which stands for Grow, Learn, Innovate and Technology – was held at MVCC’s Jorgensen Athletic Center, and more than 40 community agencies were on hand.

The conference provided the students, their families and their educators with information about local resources and services to help the students with living, learning and working after high school. Some of the things they learned about included text-to-speech and speech-to-text technologies, college options for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and self-advocacy.

“We don't want kids to graduate high school and sit on the couch,” said Amy Zogby, director of the Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center. “We want them to make sure that they are going to school or going to work or maybe continuing their education in a different field, so that’s the goal for today."

The GLITCH conference is put on by the Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center, MVCC, the Central Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers and The Kelberman Center. It’s held each year in May.

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