S.T.E.P. Values

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    • Individualized and student-centered: Activities and services need to be flexible and based upon the unique transition needs of each student. Student choice and self-advocacy are critical elements to successful transition.

    • Person-centered planning: Person-centered planning meetings will be held at least annually to ensure that the wishes and choices of the students are known to those in the student’s support network.

    • Community based and inclusive: Students will participate in planning, activities, and services that promote membership and active participation in local communities. Local communities become the classrooms for instruction.

    • Collaborative: Transition is a shared responsibility. Schools, students, families, and agencies need to work together for effective transition outcomes.

    • Family sensitive: Schools and adult systems should consciously listen to student and family values, dreams, and choices. Parents need early and ongoing information, education, and support as they learn about, negotiate, and engage both the school and adult service systems. Transition Open House will take place every month to help all parents in the school district be well-informed about resources available.

    • Age appropriateness: We encourage age appropriate behavior, activities, dress, etc.

    • Law of Natural Proportion: We try to venture out into the community as individuals, pairs, or small groups.

    • Effective (outcome based): Activities, experiences, and services should lead to tangible and valued transition outcomes that can be measured. The key outcome is a schedule of meaningful community based activities.