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Project SEARCH in the News

These stories celebrate the achievements of program participants and partners throughout the network of Project SEARCH sites. We are inspired and motivated by these examples of young people finding fulfillment, learning new skills, and getting good jobs; new programs starting up; and awards received for innovative approaches and excellent outcomes.

Drexel Autism Institute Celebrates first Graduating Class, Philadelphia, PA

For the students, the day marked a major step toward independence. For their parents and families, it was a moment to be proud. And for the Drexel University staff and their community partners, the June 15 celebration in the SkyView Lounge was a chance to reflect on a successful first year for the Project SEARCH program. 


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Celebration of 2017 Graduating Class, Fort Bend, TX

UnitedHealthcare hosted a graduation ceremony recognizing the 2017 Project SEARCH cohorts and marking the successful completion of the students’ 2016-17 internships. The program works in partnership with Fort Bend ISD, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Texas Workforce Solutions, Texana, and Social Motion Skills. 


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Learning Disability Week, London, England

The week of June 19, 2017 was Learning Disability Week in England. The focus for this year was employment. In recognition of the week’s theme, this Public Health England blog features Project SEARCH. 


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First Project SEARCH Success in Wales, Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff and Vale College student Andrew Horley has become the first person in Wales to find employment through Project SEARCH. 


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Skills Trainer Wins National Award, Alexandria, VA

Congratulations to Project SEARCH Skills Trainer, Forrest Austin! Forrest is the recipient of the 2017 National Direct Support Professional Recognition Award granted by The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). Forrest works for Johnson County Developmental Supports in Lenexa, KS. His Project SEARCH program site is located within the Johnson County Government offices in Olathe, KS. 


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Interns Learn Skills at Retirement Community, Lincolnshire, IL

Sedgebrook senior living community has partnered with Clearbrook and the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL) and Illinois Department of Human Services to create aProject SEARCH program site. 


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Doors Opened for Young Adults with Autism, Cardiff, Wales

Young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are receiving training in different job skills at Cardiff University in Southeast Wales. 


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Project SEARCH Takes Flight, Battle Creek, MI

Interns learn about aircraft at Duncan Aviation, a full-service maintenance, repair, and operations facility.


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Baptist Easley Becomes Third South Carolina Hospital to Host Project SEARCH Site

Baptist Easley Hospital in Greenville South Carolina opens new Project SEARCH site to offer job training opportunities to local youth. 


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Project SEARCH Bradford “Highly Commended” at ENEI Awards

At July’s Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion in London, the Bradford Teaching Hospital was “highly commended” for the Community Impact award. Learn more about their program and success. 


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Project SEARCH Graduate Finds Employment and Confidence Through Internship Experience

2015 Project SEARCH graduate Kelsey Peterson talks about her experience as an intern at Avera Hospital and her employment since graduating. Read her story in Possibilities magazine on pages 20-22. 


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High School Students Create Solutions for Peers with Disabilities, Wilmington, DE

A High School Engineering team from Concord High School in Wilmington, Delaware created a device to improve employee efficiency. They worked with the Project SEARCH program at Christiana Hospital. 


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Employee of the Year, Fayetteville, AR

Project SEARCH alumnus, Alex, was recently named Employee of the Year in a system-wide vote of Washington Regional Medical System employees. Alex has been a hospital employee for two years, and has clearly made a big impression on his co-workers. 


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Breaking Down Barriers to Employment, High Point, NC

At High Point Regional Health, a handful of high school students are prepping food, reading to children, fetching supplies and resetting rooms for patients.  They’re learning these skills through their local Project SEARCH program. 


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Riverview School Students Learn the Ropes, Hyannis, MA

This story features two Project SEARCH interns in the 2015-16 class at Cape Cod Healthcare/Cape Cod Hospital. 


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Statewide Recognition for Best Practices, College Station, TX

College Station ISD is one of 12 Texas school  districts featured in the Texas School Business Magazine’s Ninth Annual Bragging Rights 2015-2016 special issue.

Bragging Rights, which calls for nominations and is published every December, recognizes school districts that have implemented programs that are bettering the lives of students, schools and communities(Article begins on page 19.) 


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Developing an Underutilized Workforce, Dayton, OH

As many local companies struggle to develop a consistently strong workforce, the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services is working to place individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in jobs where they can make the greatest impact. . 


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Project WILD Builds Self-Confidence, Troy, OH

Supported by Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, Wilderness Inquiry has worked with 126 youth and young adults with disabilities to enhance work-readiness skills through Project WILD (Wilderness Inquiry Leadership Development). 


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Feature Article on Project SEARCH, Cincinnati, OH

Some successful graduates of the original Project SEARCH program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are featured in the August issue of Apostrophe Magazine. 


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Twin Brothers Find a Place in the Work World, Alexandria, VA

Employment has been a positive change for these Virginia twin brothers. Both have mastered public transportation to get to their jobs, and their mother says they both "walk taller" now that they are employed.


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Internships help youth with disabilities get work, Pittsburgh, PA

Since its inception in 2008, the UPMC Project Search program has provided internships for 80 participants from Allegheny, Westmoreland, and Butler counties. Forty have stayed on at UPMC after graduation.


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Project SEARCH Grad Exceeds Expectations, Pittsburgh, PA

The Project SEARCH program at UPMC Passavant was featured on the Channel 11 local news on May 29, 2015. The story focused on a successful program alumnus now employed at the host business. .


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Project SEARCH Featured in Online Business Magazine

This story in Chief Learning Officer describes the origins of Project SEARCH at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and discusses the business benefits of hosting a Project SEARCH site.


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Hospital Guide Helps Patients, Cincinnati, OH

Matt has worked at Cincinnati Children’s for 15 years. He is a guest services representative, where he escort guests, patients, and families to wherever they need to go in the hospital .


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Project SEARCH at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO

Since October, 2014, Project SEARCH students have become a staple on the Lincoln University campus, as people interact with them on a daily basis, said Chief of Staff Jerome Offord Jr. In the last six months, the high schoolers have grown from shy and unsure to accomplished and jovial, he said.


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First Project SEARCH Site on a Military Base, Wichita, KS

In August 2014, Derby School District implemented Project SEARCH at McConnell Air Force Base, thus initiating the first Project SEARCH site on a military base.


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Young people in the UK gain marketable job skills, England

 

2014-15 is the first year for a Project SEARCH site run by Sussex Downs College, the East Sussex NHS Trust, and East Sussex County Council to help young people get into workThe student interns got off to a flying start, and completed their first rotation at the District General Hospital. Now they are trying their hand at a second internship, as they figure out what kind of job they would like to do. .  


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Fifth Third Bank and Project SEARCH Celebrate Milestone at Cincinnati Children’s, Cincinnati, OH

 

Fifth Third Bank presented Project SEARCH with a gift of $149,000, bringing their total contribution towards this life-changing program to more than $1 million – all of which was raised through its annual Tee Off for Project SEARCH golf outing – now in its ninth year.  


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Open House at New Program Site, Tuscaloosa, AL

A new program is giving high school students with disabilities real-world working experience at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center.


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DHHS Spotlights Project SEARCH, Burlington, NC

 

Beginning in 2011, North Carolina DVRS first sponsored Project SEARCH services in Mecklenburg County at Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy and later at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham. In 2014, DVRS’s Burlington office collaborated with community partners to launch a Project SEARCH program at Alamance Regional Medical Center for the 2014-2015 school year. 


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Students Gain Marketable Job Skills, Burlington, NC

 

Five organizations are behind the new Burlington site at Alamance Regional Medical Center. There is the school system, the hospital, Vocational Rehabilitation — a state agency — Cape Fear Vocational Rehabilitation — a nonprofit — and Cardinal Innovations — the giant managed care agency that handles Medicaid-funded mental healthcare in North Carolina. 


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Project SEARCH Grads Hired by National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently hired three individuals through a program that helps those with developmental disabilities prepare for and find employment.


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Students Build “Bridge to Future”, Dover, DE

 

On Wednesday, Capital School District officials kicked off the first Project SEARCH program in downstate Delaware. Along with Bayhealth, the district partnered on the program with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Community of Integrated Services, the Department of Education and Autism Delaware.


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First Project SEARCH Site in Kentucky

 

The Boone County School District has become the first in Kentucky to adopt Project SEARCH.


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Autism in the Workforce Makes Business Sense, Yonkers, NY

The Yonkers District Attorney’s office is one of the many employers in the Westchester area that has hired a graduate of the high school to employment transition program, Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism.


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National Press for Project SEARCH, Lawrence, KS

 Project SEARCH programs in Lawrence, Kansas are featured in an Associated Press story.


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Interns Help Seniors, New Rochelle, NY

Project SEARCH interns are enhancing life at United Hebrew, a not-for-profit, multi-service senior living campus.

  

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Project SEARCH Featured, Omaha, NE

The Project SEARCH program at Embassy Suites La Vista was featured in the Summer 2014 issue of B2B Omaha Magazine.

  

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Project SEARCH Grad Wins Award, Pittsburgh, PA

Kate Lashley graduated from the Project SEARCH program at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, and she’s now an employee. Because of her excellent performance on the job, the state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation granted Lashley its Governor's Individual Recognition Award in May, 2014 at a conference in Hershey.

  

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Publicity for New Project SEARCH Sites in Omaha, NE

There are twelve Project SEARCH program sites in Nebraska. Papillion La Vista Public Schools and Omaha Public Schools have program sites, and Bellevue will start its program next year. 

  

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Project SEARCH Job Fair, Omaha, NE

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Project SEARCH intern Joey Kimmeyshared some of what he’s been learning, staffing one of about 10 skills assessment stations set up in the Embassy Suites La Vista conference center as part of Project SEARCH’s first Nebraska job fair. Attending were more than 160 young people from 14 school districts from as far away as North Platte, along with 20 employers.

  

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Project SEARCH Helps Young Adults with Disabilities Adjust to Adult Life, Butler County, OH

Butler Tech and West Chester Hospital have collaborated to offer a new Project SEARCH site for interns in Butler County. This collaboration has provided the interns a wonderful setting to increase skills while learning alongside associates at the hospital. West Chester Hospital has employed two interns so far.

  

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Project SEARCH alum featured on baseball card, Cincinnati, OH 

Project SEARCH graduate, Ted Kremer, became a bit of a national sensation as guest bat boy for the Cincinnati Reds. Now, he’s been featured on a baseball card in the 2013 Topps Update baseball set.

 

 

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Students with autism land jobs at St. Mary's, Richmond, VA 

Six Henrico County high school seniors graduated June 7, 2013 from internships at the hospital through Project SEARCH, a national organization that seeks to match students with intellectual or developmental disabilities with jobs at hospitals and other businesses.

 

 

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Project SEARCH at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, England 

 

Lynn’s College of West Anglia; Queen Elizabeth Hospital; and Remploy, an organization that helps people with disabilities find employment, teamed up to implement Project SEARCH and have succeeded in securing paid full-time employment for 70 per cent of their students.

 

The photo (right) shows successful Project SEARCH graduates with executives from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lynn’s College, and Remploy.

 

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Youth with disabilities earn experience, job skills 

For the first time in Canada, Project SEARCH, an innovative job-training and workplace-internship program pioneered at a children's hospital in the United States, is helping young adults who have intellectual disabilities have a better chance of getting work after high school.

 

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