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What is the STEPS Program?

The STEPS program (Successful Transition from Elementary to Post-Secondary) is a two-year program for students with learning disabilities, ADHD and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders, and their families in the Kingston and surrounding areas. The aim of the program is to assist students with issues affecting their learning to make a successful transition from elementary to secondary school and beyond.  Program activities include information and training sessions for students and parents/guardians during the school year, as well as week-long summer programs to teach Adaptive Technology and prepare for high school.  

In the past, the program was fully funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and University, to help bring students with disabilities to post-secondary school. The funding for the program has since been withdrawn.  However, RARC is committed to continuing to providing this valuable program, and continues to provide this program at no cost. Students in the program are required to have an updated psychoeducational assessment. There is a fee for the assessment (with flexible payment options over a 2-year period). For more information about the psychoeducational assessment for the STEPS program, visit Psychoeducational Assessment.

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Goals of the STEPS Program

This two-year program begins in Grade 7, and supports students and their parents/guardians as they approach the transition to high school. Our goal is to give students the tools they will need to be successful in secondary school, which lead to further success in post-secondary school.

The STEPS Program aims to:

  • Teach students about their individual learning profile and learning challenges (such as learning disabilities, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder) 
  • Promote self-knowledge and self-advocacy
  • Support parents/guardians in understanding how their child learns, their child's rights and responsibilities, and how to support their child in and out of the school environment
  • Train students and parents/guardians in Adaptive Technology, and explain how and why these accommodations can help students learn
  • Prepare students for the upcoming transition and what changes to expect at secondary school

Program recruitment runs from September to January for grade 7 students.  Program activities begin in May of the grade 7 year and run through until the summer before grade 9.  For information about the program, eligibility criteria, and to complete an application, please see the flyer and application forms below.   

To hear from former students and parents, please watch this video: STEPS Impact


STEPS Information Session

Thursday, November 7, 6:30-8:00pm

Queen's University Main Campus 

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D214 (signs will be posted)

STEPS Forms

STEPS Information Flyer 2019 

STEPS Registration Form 2019

STEPS Financial Contract 

STEPS Teacher Contact Form (PDF 550 KB)


Contact Information

For more information, please contact Sheila Merkley:

email iconsteps@queensu.ca

phone icon(613) 533-6000 ext. 75220

fax icon(613) 533-6564