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Step Up

Step Up is a life skills program for adults with special needs who are 22 years of age or older. The program provides continuing education and supports integration into the community by enhancing independence, functional abilities, and self-confidence. The program offers training and community-based instruction in personal management, social skills, leisure/physical fitness/recreation, and pre-employment skills.


Step Up is a contracted Medicaid provider. All participants must have completed an application with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and either;

  1. Be on the Medicaid home and community based waiver;
  2. Be on the waitlist for the HCBS waiver; or
  3. Have documentation from APD stating the student is not eligible for the HCBS waiver, in which case a medical diagnosis from a licensed physician must be presented.

Students must be independently mobile in a 1:10 ratio setting and be able to tend to their own personal needs (i.e. feeding and toileting).

30-Day Trial Period

All individuals who meet the initial eligibility requirements will be admitted to the program for a mandatory 30-day trial period to determine if the eligibility requirements have been met and that this is the proper placement for the individual.

Program Hours

Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–1:30 pm

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