The STEPS curriculum was developed to meet the needs of thousands of individuals with intellectual disability who have social lives but have different needs for information and support. In many instances, there are not enough resources available to people with disability in the areas of hygiene, decision-making, fitness and nutrition, and stress management. The limited services can be due to difficulties with application procedures, eligibility criteria, transportation to the services, and most importantly, the level at which information is presented. This curriculum was written for people with intellectual disability who live in a community.

We welcome your use of the curriculums. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the entire manual or would like more information about the curriculum please use the following contact information.

 

PI and Project Staff:

Suzanne McDermott, PhD
ProfessorDepartment of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University of South Carolina
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Jevettra Gardner, MPH, CHES
Project ManagerDepartment of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University of South Carolina
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Phone: 803-777-8875

 

 

STEPS: Health and Wellness Guide

This curriculum was written for individuals with intellectual disability who have a need for additional resources related to nutrition, exercise, hygiene, stress management and decision making. The central theme of the curriculum is that information can help you make better decisions and the information should be conveyed using a level of support and a learning style that best suits you. We know that people with disability are more successful at their jobs, in their homes, and in the community if their social behaviors are consistent with community standards. This curriculum was written to help individuals and professionals build upon information and behaviors related to socialization, sexuality and parenting.
Full Guide  


STEPS: Family Planning & Pregnancy Resource Guide

This curriculum was written for individuals with intellectual disability who have a need for additional resources related to family planning and pregnancy. The central theme of the curriculum is that you need information to make good decisions. Learning about ways to have good social relationships, including romantic ones should include discussions about these topics and the information should be presented using a learning style that best suits you. We know that people with disability are more successful at their jobs, in their homes and in the community if their social behaviors are consistent with community standards. This curriculum was written to help individuals and professionals develop positive behaviors related to socialization, sexuality and parenting.
Full Guide  


STEPS: Parenting Resource Guide

This curriculum is written for individuals disability who have a need for additional resources related to parenting. The central theme of the curriculum is that parenting is an extremely hard job and most people need support from others who have positive experiences with parenting to successful. The information needed to be a good parent should be conveyed using a level of support and a learning style that best suits you. We know that people with disability are more successful at their jobs, in their homes and in the community if their social behaviors are consistent with community standards. This curriculum was written to help individuals and professionals build upon information and behaviors related to parenting.
Full Guide