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ERIC Number: EJ903035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Helping Students toward Independence: The STEPS Program at USDB
Smale, Kimberley P.
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v11 n1 p47-49 Spr-Sum 2010
Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB) serves students with varying abilities and needs. At the high school level, a range of transition services is required to help this diverse group of students prepare for life after high school. USDB established the STEPS program as part of this range of services. STEPS is a training and transition program geared toward students 16-21 years of age. It allows them to learn and practice real-life skills that will help them become contributing members of their community. The program is designed for higher functioning or moderately disabled students who are planning to transition to independent living upon exiting the program. It was introduced into the USDB curriculum during the 2006-07 school year, and it is showing great promise with progressive student outcomes. In this article, the author discusses the STEPS program concept and transition planning and enrollment in STEPS. The STEPS program offers both educational and career/trade components. The author describes both components of the program.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah