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Cheyney Cushing

Cheyney is a School Support Officer and has been working with the grant since 2015. Her passion began in 2007, working with young adults who have the most significant disabilities to support each individual as they grow and define their life outside of high school. She believes in the importance of ensuring a level of independence that is individualized to each person and suits both their interests and needs. Cheyney holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons University. She sits on the Highlands Interagency Transition Team (H.I.T.T.), currently leads the Glades Hendry Community Transition Council (GHCTC), and is the Vice President for the Florida Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) Executive Board. She has presented at multiple state-wide professional conferences on topics related to transition and supports for staff in schools. She supports schools in the region both virtually and in-person, providing student seminars, transition assessments, trainings, and technical assistance to support positive post-secondary outcomes and increase graduation rates for students with disabilities. When she is not working, Cheyney can be found at home in the Tampa Bay area  with her furry kids, a Boston terrier, Bridget, and a domestic short haired cat, Franklin, enjoying new foods and experiences, spending time with friends and family, or traveling.