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JCDS Project SEARCH team honored at national conference

Project SEARCH TeamThe JCDS Project SEARCH team was recently honored at the 13th Annual Project SEARCH Conference in Anaheim, CA! Our program received the 100% award for the placement rate at the Embassy Suites site and the 80-89% award for the placement rate at the Johnson County Administration site for the 2017-2018 session.

“We were very proud to be recognized at the annual Project SEARCH conference,” said Amy Fair, Community Employment Team Leader for JCDS. "This program has helped to open the door to employment for dozens of people served by JCDS so they can lead more independent lives. Our staff has worked hard to see an overall success rate of 80% in the program, and we are thrilled to be honored on a national stage.”

Project SEARCH is an international education and employment program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities 18 years of age or older who are interested in community employment. Project SEARCH began in Ohio at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1996 and was implemented in JCDS in August 2014.

Through the program, interns will spend nine months immersed in a host business site completing three unpaid internship rotations designed to teach them marketable, transferable work skills. The goal of the program is paid employment for each intern.

Congratulations to the JCDS Project SEARCH staff and participants, and thank you for all of your hard work!

Project SEARCH is just one of many employment programs available for individuals served by JCDS. Additional opportunities include End-Dependence Kansas, Community Employment, Emerging Artists and Papercrete Works.


Click photo to enlarge. Photo credit: Project SEARCH.