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  

Ashley graduated from Riverdale High School. Half way through her senior year, she did an OJE/OJT experience at a pizza parlor in East Moline. This was set up and a job coach provided through STEP. Shortly after that experience was completed, Ashley was hired to work during lunchtimes Monday through Friday.  Today, she continues in that same position and “I love it!”