Project SEARCH Wins ‘Employment Outcome Award’ at International Conference
August 1, 2018
Jefferson Health’s New Jersey-based Project SEARCH program was been honored with an “Employment Outcome Award” at Project SEARCH’s 12th Annual Conference in Savannah, GA. Project SEARCH is an international work-transition program that teaches job skills to young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities over the course of a school year, with a new group of student interns starting each fall. Jefferson Health in New Jersey – which launched its Project SEARCH program during the 2016-2017 school year – was honored on July 31st at the Project SEARCH Conference for achieving an 86% employment outcome for its 2016-2017 student interns. The international annual conference brings together hundreds of Project SEARCH program practitioners, interns, and families to learn and share best practices and innovations. Worldwide, more than 2,400 people with disabilities became employed through the 400-plus active Project SEARCH programs in 2017.
Shown at the awards ceremony held July 31, are, from left: Susie Rutkowski, Project SEARCH Co-Founder; Solo Okonkwo, NJ State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services’ Project SEARCH Coordinator; Darlene Anderson, Jefferson Health’s Project SEARCH Steering Committee Chair; Debbie Deissroth, Jefferson Health’s NJ Director of Learning & Development; and Erin Riehle, Project SEARCH Co-Founder.