Project SEARCH

What is Project SEARCH?

Project SEARCH is a one-year, Transition-to-Work skill training program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). It is a unique program that is business-led and takes place entirely at the workplace. The Project SEARCH program model was developed at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It involves an extensive period of skills training and career exploration, innovative adaptations, long-term job coaching, and continuous feedback from teachers, skills trainers, and employers. As a result, at the completion of the training program, students with significant intellectual disabilities are employed in nontraditional, complex and rewarding jobs.

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Our Host Employers & Partners

Middlesex Health | The Smarter Choice for Care
Connecticut Department of Developmental Services

Intern Eligibility

  • 18 – 27 years old

  • Eligible for services

  • Appropriate attire, social, and communication skills

  • Ability to take direction and change behavior

  • Access public or own transportation

  • Pass drug screen, background check

  • Desire to work

  • Desire for further education

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Online application coming soon. If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact Lori-Ann Hoberman, Director of Employment Services | (860) 342-0700 ext. 312

Become a Host Business

Want to access to a new, diverse, talent stream with skills that match your labor needs? Please contact Lori-Ann Hoberman, Director of Employment Services | (860) 342-0700 ext. 312

Learn more about the national Project SEARCH program.