Community Access Program (STEP)
Since 2004, the STEP Program has been providing one on one access to the community for individuals residing in DDRC group homes and approved service agency group homes. Through the STEP program individuals can discover new interests, talents, and abilities, or have fun participating in their favorite activities. Individuals may participate in a variety of events that enhance their lifestyle, reinforce skill development and increase knowledge of community options. STEP provides transportation to their activities which can include classes, tours, senior programs, exercise programs, Special Olympics and many other community based experiences.
This area includes special events, field trips, and community opportunities. Special events may be plays, concerts, and professional sports. In addition, artists perform at DDRC or teach a specific artistic workshop. Educational and cultural events are highlights of the field trips. Traditional options are a Pumpkin Farm, Parade of Lights, the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, Elitch Gardens, picnics and dinner-dances. Seeing new sights, meeting people, and enjoying interaction with peers make this an exciting program to participate in.
Many non-competitive sports and classes are available. These include cycling, miniature golf, low-impact exercise, aquatics and Fit Ball. Popular outdoor activities offered are skiing, walking, picnics, hiking, sailing, hay rides and gardening. Individuals preferring less strenuous choices may select arts and crafts, cooking classes, table games, observing sporting events, or musical options.
Daytime Leisure Awareness (DLA)
Individuals who work evenings and on weekends find this program beneficial. Group supervised events are scheduled each month by participants and staff. Plans include dining out, volunteering, fitness, sports, classes and a variety of community experiences.
The special needs of individuals 50 years of age or older with developmental disabilities are spotlighted here. Participants learn about existing senior programs in their community and other ways to enjoy leisure time rather than working full-time. They may choose from swimming, exercise classes, bowling, tours of community facilities, concerts, plays, movies, attending sporting events, luncheons and other social functions.
This world acclaimed program provides year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached, Olympic-type events. It's unique in that athletes compete according to ability, gender and age. TLC offers bowling, basketball, bocce ball, golf, alpine skiing, aquatics, volleyball, softball and tennis. The Special Olympics Unified Sports Program is another option and consists of five team sports with each competing team having an equal number of athletes with developmental disabilities and athletes without disabilities.