Paige is involved in any and everything youth-focused as Able SC’s Director of Youth Transition Programs. She oversees the development, coordination, planning, and implementation of curriculum and youth programming that Able SC provides. Paige ensures that her staff are using best practices and the tenets and concepts of Universal Design for Learning when creating and delivering curriculum and content for all the youth they serve. Like her team, Paige works with groups of students in schools as a mentor to provide opportunities for growth, leadership, and empowerment.
You can find Paige as a member of multiple interagency teams in the upstate, as well as at the state level, engaging in and creating opportunities for true and meaningful collaboration to ensure quality youth transition planning and services. Paige serves on the executive committee of the Advisory Council for Education Students with Disabilities as co-chair of the Transition and Self-Advocacy committee. She has presented on building opportunities for self-determination, student-directed IEPs, youth engagement, and supported decision making both locally and nationally. She has provided technical assistance to other CILs in establishing and improving their youth programs. She has a strong belief that youth engagement is not only important but necessary to equip our young adults with the tools and experiences to be engaged members of our communities. You can find her most passionate about including youth voice in everything, really everything! She can also get spirited when discussing the importance of access to inclusive healthy relationships and sex education for youth with disabilities.
Paige graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a degree in dance performance and choreography and went on to earn her master's in exceptional student education K-12 from the University of Central Florida. She worked as an educator for Orlando Science Center developing an inclusive curriculum and programming for all ages of individuals with disabilities, taught yoga and dance, and performed as a professional dancer before moving back to South Carolina and coming to Able SC. In her spare time, Paige teaches both inclusive and youth with disabilities-specific dance classes continues to perform professionally, seeks out travel and adventurous and exotic foods (she’s eaten guinea pig and horse!), and has an odd love of trolls.