On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Washtenaw Intermediate School District’s High Point School hosted a dedication ceremony for its new MOVE Model Site, making it the fourth certified site in the state of Michigan and the 27th certified site in the United States.
“We’re excited and honored to provide MOVE, and to continue expanding opportunities for our students,” said Jennifer Parrelly, Principal of High Point School. “MOVE is life-changing for students and their families.”
MOVE, which stands for “Mobility Opportunities Via Education/Experience,” is an activity-based program developed to specifically meet the needs of students with severe disabilities and is designed to improve mobility skills such as sitting, standing, and walking.
“It typically takes eight to twelve years for a site to become fully certified from when it starts MOVE training to full certification,” explained Julie Sues-Delaney, MOVE International Program Manager, who formally dedicated High Point’s site. “We’re incredibly impressed with High Point and WISD staff because they only started on this journey about six years ago, and their commitment to implementing MOVE for their students is evident.”
MOVE Model Sites earn their designation from MOVE International for “their exceptional implementation of the program and their high goals for all individuals,” as outlined by . All staff at MOVE Model Sites are trained as MOVE Basic Providers and key concepts, and techniques are led by a certified MOVE International Trainer. WISD has three certified trainers on staff.
“Because of MOVE and the staff at High Point, our daughter is now able to walk, which is something we never imagined would happen,” said Andi Spengler, mother of Emma Spengler, 11. “We’ve even been able to go to Disney World with her because of MOVE.”
High Point School serves students with disabilities from ages 3 through 26 and is operated by Washtenaw Intermediate School District. High Point offers programming for students with severe cognitive disabilities and multiple impairments, and who reside in one of Washtenaw County’s public school districts. For more information on High Point School, .