Step Out offers a range of programs to meet the needs of
eligible service users across the age spectrum.
users of Step Out have a wide range of disabilities, and many of them are
high-needs. Step Out’s client base must meet a certain criteria and is mainly
referred by the Katherine office of the Department of Health’s Aged and
Disability Program. Step Out support workers strive towards the independence of
service users by assisting in tasks, as opposed to completing the tasks
themselves. Step Out staff members do not wear uniforms and drive unmarked
vehicles to further aid in the integration and acceptance of people with
disabilities in the Katherine community.
delivers community access, group and individual programs, as well as managing a
respite house. This latter currently has supported accommodation for two
service users and two-week blocks of respite for two additional service users.
Each of these services encompasses a life-skills component that focuses on
service user’s empowerment and independence.
primary objective of assisting people with disabilities is achieved through:
- Delivering programs that focus on life-skill
- Promoting independence, normalisation and
self-valorisation through its person-centered support work;
- Rrepresenting and helping people with
disabilities within Katherine and surrounding Northern Territory communities;
- Providing information, advocacy and support to
people with disabilities;
- Referring service users and providers to other
support agencies within and outside of the Northern Territory;
- Publishing useful information and
communications; and developing strategic alliances with other
organisations with the purpose of ensuring all people with disabilities benefit
from the rights set out in the Disability
Services Act1986 (Cth) and the National