SOESD / Special Education / STEPS
STEPS serves students (ages 5-21) with severe and/or multiple disabilities, including intellectual disability, autism, orthopedic, traumatic brain injury, and medical health needs. The program is characterized by a low student:staff ratio, individualized special instruction, a modified curriculum, specialized equipment and materials, and a team of specialists providing additional instruction, therapy, and staff training and consultation to augment the variety of classroom-based services. Homebound services to STEPS-eligible students, extended school year services, and consultation for eligible students serviced in inclusion setting are also provided. Specialists include nurses, speech/language pathologists, Regional service providers, and vocation/program specialists as well as supervisors who provide training and technical assistance to ESD and building staff. Districts provide classroom space/facilities, school day transportaion, building-level administrative support, and custodial services.
The STEPS vision of quality of life for students educated in the STEPS program is an adult who enjoys life, demonstrates effective skills and habits, and actively participates and contributes to the community. This requires administrative support; involvement of parents, districts, and community; professional relationships; a safe, nurturing environment; opportunities for reaching potential; and an individualized and functional curriculum.
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