VOC Transitional Services
Steps - IL DRS
The Division of Rehabilitation Services is an agency that uses state and federal funding to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving their employment, education, and independent living goals. Working with families, schools, and other agencies, the goal is to assist the individual in transitioning successfully to the world of work. The DRS STEP Program (Secondary Transitional Experience Program) is a work experience program for high school aged individuals. This allows the student to receive counseling on post-secondary education and job exploration, workplace readiness training, and instruction in self-advocacy. Benefits of STEP include: stipends for in school jobs, community-based job training opportunities, “real world” experiences, and transition related linkages. Overall, the goal of LADSE's DRS STEP is to set students with disabilities up for success when they leave high school and enter the adult world.