Pathways to independence with our Day Program
STEPS Pathways College is a leading model for independent living education and a first of its kind in Australia for young adults with a disability and autism. Students enrolled at STEPS Pathways College fast-track their journey to independence through a holistic experience that combines simulated independent living in a safe and supported environment with class and community-based learning.
Based in Caloundra, Queensland, the STEPS Pathways College Day Program is suited to young adults with a disability and autism wanting to learn skills for independent living in the community or improving their independent living skills at home.
Day students learn independent living skills in a combined classroom and community setting, practicing their skills hands on at the College’s purpose-built facilities and through regular excursions.
Students also undertake pathways to employment through job skills training, work experience, and support to find employment.
STEPS Pathways College day program provides lots of opportunities for social interaction and social skills development, friendship building, and fun!
How does the Day College work?
The Day College covers a two-year program that runs over an eight-block period. New student start dates are subject to availability and expressions of interest can be taken for upcoming vacancies.
Students will attend a minimum 3-day set week – with two attendance options:
Option 1: Mon, Tues, Wed OR Option 2: Wed, Thur, Fri
Research has shown that to achieve success to independence, students need to attend college a minimum of 3 days a week. This will increase student engagement and significantly improve outcomes towards meeting their goals.
An enhance Curriculum over the 3-day week, offering subjects based upon the identified 10 key areas of learning to students. This will be offered over a 2-year period. This will see students use knowledge and skills to solve real world problems. It will involve students engaging in meaningful and authentic experiences both in the classroom and in life, to master skills in new ways to make informed choices and decisions in day-to-day life.
Elective subjects will also be offered to students. These are additional to the 3 day week:
2. Creative skills
3. Cafe skills
4. Employment skills
What are the outcomes?
STEPS Pathways College will provide every opportunity for the student to develop the skills necessary to live a life independent of their families. The College can significantly change the shape of a student’s life and build confidence, to make their dream of living independently a reality. We have a number of students who have now successfully taken this next step in their journey and we would love to help you with your goals too.
Core areas of learning
Our innovative, holistic learning model features 10 core areas that combine practical learning with hands-on experience. Students gain a range of skills that help them to make informed choices and decisions in day-to-day life, as well as navigate some of life’s bigger challenges.
Our specialised program focuses on building skills and knowledge in 10 core areas of learning:
- Communication for everyday life
- Social skills (interacting and relating to others)
- Home living skills
- Healthy living skills
- Healthy relationships
- Community connections (road safety and accessing transport)
- Recreation skills (planning and experience)
- Finding and maintaining a tenancy
- Pathways to employment
- Technology, literacy, and numeracy for life
The application process
The application process will give you the opportunity to visit the campus, undertake meetings with trainers and meet with the Student Services Administrator.
Individuals who do not meet the college criteria may be able to undertake a range of other STEPS programs and services that provide independent living skills to suit all levels of ability.