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Professional Education and Training

An important part of Project SEARCH’s mission is education through which we can share best practices and promote continuous improvement of our programs. Our goal is to provide the tools and technical assistance needed to maximize employment outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Join us online for the

2021 Project SEARCH Virtual Conference

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 22, 2021

We are committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy during 2021!  Given that we don’t know the details of when the COVID vaccines will be released, and the inability to ensure safe distancing in a large crowd, we have chosen to host a virtual Project SEARCH Conference in July of 2021. We’ll open with an awards ceremony on July 19. All-day workshops will be on July 20, and breakout sessions will be July 21-22.

Registration is now open! Click HERE to register. Registration will close July 14, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Registration Cost: $250.00 (includes all-day workshops, general sessions, and breakout sessions)

Special Rate for Group Registrations: Register 5 individuals for $1,000. That’s 5 for the price of 4! *Must register as a group to get the group rate.

Click HERE to download the Draft Agenda,

Questions? Click HERE for answers to FAQs.


Call for Abstracts:

The 2021 Call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN and will close  on February 15, 2021.

We are looking for great presentations from our Project SEARCH teams.

Download the form you’ll need to submit a Presentation Abstract.


2020 State of Project SEARCH Address with Founders Erin Riehle and Susie Rutkowski:

Part 1: Annual Outcome Data and COVID-19 Response:

Part 2: New Tools and Resources:

Part 3: Research Plan and New Team Members:

Employment Outcome Awards Virtual Ceremony Recognizing the Project SEARCH class of 2018-19:

Spotlight on Model Fidelity Awards:

Thank you to our platinum sponsor:

Fifth Third Bank

people chatting at a high table
women sitting at a table
woman instructing at a conference
Project SEARCH national team on stage
Project SEARCH on a boat
Crowd on boardwalk
Speaker on stage

**Photos courtesy of Rick Buettner**