Offering People With I/DD Real-Life Work Experiences

A New Partnership with Middlesex Health

An intern at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

This fall will mark the beginning of new healthcare internship opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities (I/DD) in Middlesex County. MARC Community Resources will be launching its latest employment partnership program, Project SEARCH, in collaboration with Middlesex Health.

Project SEARCH is a unique, business-led, one-year employment preparation program that takes place entirely at the workplace, culminating in individualized job development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

“We are so grateful to Middlesex Health for partnering with us and Project SEARCH,” says Melissa Davison-Wood, President and CEO of MARC. “We are excited to offer individuals with I/DD throughout Middlesex County an opportunity for real-life work experiences that will lead to a successful and productive life ahead.”

The Project SEARCH model involves extensive skills training and career exploration, innovative adaptations, long-term job coaching, and continuous feedback from teachers, skills trainers, and employers.

“At MARC, we focus on providing people with I/DD the latest tools and experiences that lead to a fulfilling life, especially when it comes to employment,” states Davison-Wood. “We’re happy to share our mission with Middlesex Health and the vision of a more inclusive and accessible community for all.”

If you are interested in learning more about this program, join MARC for their upcoming forum on Wednesday, March 16th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. For more information and to RSVP, visit

If you are interested in becoming a business partner, please contact Melissa Davison-Wood at or (860) 342-0700 ext. 100.

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Human Resources intern at Atlas Copco.
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