Since 2004, the STEP Program has been providing one on one access to the community for individuals residing in DDRC residential homes and approved service agency group homes. Through the STEP program individuals can discover new interests, talents, and abilities, or have fun participating in their favorite activities. Individuals may participate in a variety of events that enhance their lifestyle, reinforce skill development and increase knowledge of community options. STEP provides transportation to their activities which can include classes, tours, senior programs, exercise programs, Special Olympics and many other community based experiences.
Several of our programs occur in the community, focusing on community integration, navigation, and knowledge of local resources. We attend various special events, including plays, concerts, and professional sports. We also frequent seasonal community events, such as the Pumpkin Farm, Parade of Lights, National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, Elitch Gardens, picnics and dinner-dances. Seeing new sights, meeting people, and enjoying interaction with peers make this an exciting program to participate in.
Along with Special Olympics, we also offer many non-competitive sports and classes. These include activities like cycling, miniature golf, exercise fitness, aquatics, walks, picnics, hiking, and gardening. Individuals preferring less strenuous choices may select arts and crafts, cooking classes, table games, observing sporting events, or musical options.
The special needs of individuals 50 years of age or older with developmental disabilities are spotlighted here. Participants learn about existing senior programs in their community and other ways to enjoy leisure time rather than working full-time. They may choose from swimming, exercise classes, bowling, tours of community facilities, concerts, plays, movies, attending sporting events, luncheons and other social functions.
New Connections Young Adults Program
This program assists young adults ages 18 to 25 as they transition from high school into adulthood. It is a space to promote new and existing friendships while also engaging in recreational activities of choice, such as sports, BBQs, game nights, dances, and more.