Step by Step Program


The Step by Step program is a course based on partnership arrangements between IDV and recognised training organisations.
It offers participants the opportunity to undertake a course with other adults, specifically adults aged between 18 – 25 years of age who are:

  1. Younger school leavers; individuals taking the next steps into adulthood, after school life and/or
  2. Persons who are assessing or re-assessing their options and seek support in identifying and achieving personal goals, priorities and aspirations; either on an individual basis and/or in a group program model
  3. Persons who wish to gain skills, abilities, knowledge and experience in areas that will contribute to future independent living or creates opportunities for a good or better life.


1The Step by Step program is a result of IDV listening to what you have told us is important to you;  inclusive opportunities, continued learning, training and education, age specific, individualized models, job/voluntary placements, work experience; with peer and staff support as required.



2The Step by Step program is also goal orientated, with a focus on achieving desired outcomes.  It is an option that is preferred for individuals wishing to predominantly remain in a group setting (with individualised opportunities), with other adults of similar interests and support requirements.  However, activities are carefully chosen to meet individual goals, priorities and interests.

Note:  Individuals seeking a more individualised and personalised arrangement, should consider an Individualised Service Model that may or may not contain group activities as an option.

3Within a flexible course content, Step by Step enables participants to focus on a wide range of life areas, whilst providing opportunities to:

-undertake pre-accredited and accredited course options (e.g. TAFE),
-practical and real life learning opportunities (e.g. budgeting and making purchases),
-accept support (provided by staff and informal/natural supports such as volunteers), in for example 1: 1 individualised support, communication, behaviour management, transport, staff supervision and monitoring


4-work experience placements (e.g. Bundoora Farm, McDonalds, RDA)
-education and training (e.g. independent living skill areas including domestic living)
-personal development (social skills/etiquette, self-esteem, health and fitness)
-recognise and identify personal pursuits, meaningful future pathways, which are based around areas of strength and/or areas for improvement and/or what is most important to you e.g.

  Goal:  to work with animals and learn how to care for their wellbeing.

5Step by Step appreciates the importance of people establishing social networks, reflective of a younger age group.  (Note: The Step by Step program does not cease at the capped age range of 18-25; instead, it progresses with a varied model of the program, reflective of the age range 25+). Therefore, all training has been organised to occur in socially inclusive community based setting and services, where the opportunities to associate and develop relationships and partnerships with other people from the general community, is possible.



As of 2016, the Step by Step program has relocated their base room, moving from the main site in Macleod to a room held within Melbourne Polytechnic in Greensborough.  This new base room is founded on the growth of the program and the need to further secure inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities in the community.



7All this combined, assists in determining future pathways, including vocational pursuits and/or ways to lead a good or better life.  There is a strong transitional pathway between what is sometimes a ‘grey’ area, filled with uncertainty about what the future might look like, to a future that holds more clarity; guided and supported with purpose.





8Dan Kisumbi
Operations Manager
Ph:  9459 8175

Georgina Poulis
Ph: 9459 8175

Office Hours:
Inquiries 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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