Announcement Date: November 2, 2016
Allie is a wonderful example of successful transition programming by pulling an entire “village” together to achieve her goal. The STEP program is a grant partnership between the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), NSSEO and the member high school districts. The purpose of this program is to provide services and programming in planning for post high school and developing the skills to become competitively employed.
Allie was an independent worker who was trained and supervised by the office staff and she flourished. In response to Allie’s dream of working for the Police Department, the school staff also secured a volunteer position at the Palatine Police Department a few days per week.
The life lessons and skills she is honing will serve her well in her life. This story would not be complete without noting the most important cog in this wheel and that is Allie’s family. They have raised a motivated, responsible and independent young woman and have encouraged her to take risks and reach her dream. The power of partnerships between families, students, staff, employers and the community is clearly illustrated in Allie’s story.