Project SEARCH

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Project SEARCH is a unique one-year school-to-work program to help young adults with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to a productive adult life. Project SEARCH occurs entirely in the workplace.

Employment immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and on-the-job training and support through worksite rotations or internships. The program model includes an extensive period of training and career exploration, innovative adaptations, long-term job coaching, and continuous feedback from teachers, job coaches, and employers.  

Of the 143 interns who have graduated from the Ivymount Project SEARCH programs, 66% have secured paid employment at their host site and in the community.

The Ivymount Project SEARCH programs are a “hybrid model” combining students from the Ivymount School to Work model and young adults who are clients receiving support from Seeking Equality, Empowerment, and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities (SEEC).

In 2010, Ivymount School became the first non-public school serving multiple jurisdictions to become a Project SEARCH replication site. Ivymount School is proud to collaborate with our business partners, and SEEC, a local nonprofit that provides community-based employment support to transitioning youth and adults.  Funding partners include the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), DC Rehabilitative Services Administration, and the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS).

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