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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of STEP, Inc. in West Tennessee

Pictured left to right:  Jenness Roth (Memphis), former Executive Director of STEP, Bernadette Gray, Board of Directors Chair (Collierville), Karen Harrison, STEP Executive Director (Greeneville) 

STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) houses one of 109 Parent Centers funded by the US Department of Education.  Celebrating 25 years of serving families who have children with disabilities age birth through 26, youth with disabilities and working collaboratively with schools and other organizations that also provide services and supports to families and youth. Agencies serving families expressed the importance of partnerships and the quality, relevance and usefulness of STEP training, materials and support services. 

STEP, Inc. (Support & Training for Exceptional Parents) is a statewide nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is funded in part by federal and state grants and relies on individual, corporate, and foundation contributions and support. STEP’s mission is to empower parents through information, training and support to become effective partners with professionals in planning appropriate educational programs for their children with disabilities. STEP services are FREE and available to any parent or family member of a student receiving special education services or who may need special help in school. 

STEP, Inc. was recently awarded a 5 year Parent Center grant by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to continue our work with families and youth. 

For more information about services provided by STEP and to view upcoming events visit or connect with a STEP team member in an office in your area of the state by calling 1-800-280-7837 (English) or 1-800-975-2919 (Española) .

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