October 23, 2018 - SHS junior Megan Marlow and her teacher and ally, Mrs. Cheryl Clark recently attended a 3-day conference, Project STIR in Columbus, Ohio. STIR stands for Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility. Project STIR is a training program to promote a successful transition to the community for students with disabilities. During this conference Megan and Cheryl learned how to know yourself better, communicate assertively, and be responsible.
They also learned how to make important life choices, budget, and get information and support to achieve those life choices. In addition, participants were encouraged to get more active in their communities.
Megan met many new friends from all over the state of Ohio. She participated in skits, shared her opinions and started looking for ways to become a better self-advocate.
When asked what she liked best about the conference, Megan replied, “Making friends!”
This conference was sponsored by the Ohio Self Determination Association. This organization creates change that empowers people with disabilities and their families to direct their own lives. Megan and Cheryl received scholarships from the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities to attend this educational conference.