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Contact Kaitlyn Richardson, NYS Project SEARCH® Coordinator, at (585) 276-6449.

Project SEARCH® provides employment training and education for young adults with significant disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community, and workplace.

Our Project SEARCH® Sites

New York State Coordination

The Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities serves as the statewide coordinator for Project SEARCH® in New York State. Working in collaboration with the Project SEARCH® team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, we can provide technical assistance to communities interested in starting a Project SEARCH® program. Please contact us for more information.

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Current Project SEARCH® Programs in New York State

Project SEARCH® Evaluation

SCDD partnered with the National Project SEARCH team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to measure and evaluate the long-term impact of Project SEARCH on employment outcomes for youth and young adults with IDD. Analysis of longitudinal outcome data indicates that Project SEARCH not only prepares participants to enter the workforce, but that program graduates are successfully maintaining employment over time. Read more about the evaluation's findings.

The B. Thomas Golisano Foundation brought Project SEARCH® to the Greater Rochester Area and provided the essential funding to develop local partnerships. The NYS Developmental Disability Planning Council and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities provided funding to support the initial coordination and expansion of Project SEARCH® across New York State.