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Project SEARCH

We are here to assist intellectual and developmentally disabled students with successful employment by helping them transition into the workforce and become more independent.

Project SEARCH is a collaborative model that has shown to be successful at meeting employer’s and employee needs since its inception in 1996, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Participants receive on-the-job coaching and employability skills training by program instructors with the goal of employment.

This program is FREE to participants approved through Department of Rehabilitation.

Project Search Quote 1 - Program Graduate

"I was once told that because of my disability I would never get a job. I proved them wrong! The Project SEARCH program gave me a chance to learn real job skills in a real job setting. Because of my work ethic and skill development, I applied for my first job and am now employed as a Procedure Tech in Outpatient Diagnostics."

Program Graduate

Project Search Quote 2 - Mercy Health Manager

"As they work to change their own destinies, our SEARCH interns give our patients and their families a sense of hope. We appreciate the contribution they make to our mission of compassionate care. We are blessed and honored to partner with Project SEARCH."

Mercy Health Manager 

Students make a formal application to the program and interview with a selection committee. Minimum requirements include: 17-24 years of age (unless an exception is defined by a specific program site), have a disability, eligible for Department of Rehabilitation Services (all applicants must be a DRS client or have a pending application), able to pass host business screening requirements, and the desire to utilize acquired skills to obtain employment.


If you are interested in more information about Project Search, please include your name, number, and/or email address below, and Project Search Program Coordinator or designee, will reach out to you.