Raising Awareness for Disability Action Week
STEPS is getting set to celebrate Disability Action Week this September 13 to 19 to raise awareness of how everyone can play their own role in creating an all abilities community. The week acknowledges the important contributions people living with a disability make to our communities.
STEPS Pathways College wants to help spread the message of this important week as they continue to further empower young people with disability, increase public awareness, and promote inclusion throughout the wider community through their Australian-first training college.
STEPS Pathways College based on the Sunshine Coast is continuing to teach the skills of independent living to young adults living with disability and autism and is now expanding to meet current demands for their revolutionary training model.
STEPS Group managing director Carmel Crouch, whose 48-year-old son with a disability is still living at home, said for her, this perspective has always been her driving force.
“This idea of the college comes very much from my personal point of view, I always thought there had to be some way we could make opportunities for young people with disabilities to become independent,” Ms Crouch said.
“We’re excited to announce we will have a new expansion built by November this year, to accommodate even more boarding students, and we’re looking to accommodate another 14 students, in a ready built complex soon.”
STEPS Pathways manager DJ McGlynn believes the growth of the STEPS Pathways College programs is a true testament to its success
“Every single element of our training program has an educational underpinning, we see it working everyday as we witness the confidence and capacity of our students grow,” Mr McGlynn said.
“I’m constantly surprised by how much a student can do when given the opportunity.
The college is best suited for young adults with intellectual disabilities, a simple suitability assessment process is completed as part of the application.
With disability touching the lives of most Queenslanders in some way, this week is an important celebration to raise awareness and support people living with disability. There are many ways to support STEPS Pathways College, through volunteering or by making a donation to STEPS Charity.
To find out how you can support STEPS Pathways College through STEPS Charity call 07 5458 3000.