How It Works

Who Is Eligible

  • High School Students with a documented disability (Does not have to have an IEP)
  • High School Students near or at employment age and those in transition
  • High School Students interested in being employed or being trained for employment.

Eligibility Requirements To Participate In STEP

  • The student & parent/guardian need to sign a Consent for Services form to begin the application.
  • As a federal program, the student’s Social Security Number is required.
  • If the student has a disability that is due to a medical or mental health diagnosis, a Release of Information to the provider is needed so detailed information on the disability can be obtained.
  • STEP staff will meet with to complete the application process.  A Transition Specialist will review disability and school information to determine your Eligibility.
  • An Individual Plan of Employment (IPE) will be prepared at Referral and reviewed at least every year in order to update the student’s interest in a current or future job.

High Schools that offer the STEP program

  • Alwood High School
  • Mercer County High School
  • Moline High School/Coolidge
  • Orion High School
  • Phoenix
  • Riverdale High School
  • Rock Island High School/Thurgood Marshall
  • Rockridge High School
  • Sherrard High School
  • United Township High School/UTEC

How Do I Apply?

You May Also Contact Your Teacher or Reach Us At:

4670 11th Street
East Moline, IL 61244
Phone: 309.796.2500
Fax: 309.796.2911

Illinois Department of Human Services – Division of Rehabilitation Services
4711 44th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: 309.786.6468

Funding provided by: Illinois Department of Human Services – Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Assisting students in becoming productive, self-sufficient adults through a variety of STEP experiences.


Help your child take the next STEP into their future!

QC Step  

Kimberly is a recent graduate of United Township High School. While in STEP classes, she participated in training sites, which ultimately resulted in paid work opportunities. Kimberly said, “Because I trained while in high school, they were able to see my skills, and I was able to get a part-time job my senior year. I was able to talk to people more and it helped me to be less shy.”