South Carolina Project SEARCH®
This program provides statewide support to local communities in developing and implementing local Project SEARCH® sites. Project activities are focused on supporting the development and growth of local sites and providing them with the information, resources, training and support to implement programs with fidelity.
Project SEARCH® is an internationally implemented, business-driven transition program that prepares youth with significant disabilities to secure full employment in post-school life. Participating students receive classroom instruction, career exploration and real-world work experiences in competitive work environments over the course of a full school year. Developed in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, Project SEARCH® has grown from a single program site to a large and continuously expanding international network of sites. Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities.
The South Carolina Project SEARCH initiative is made possible with funding from the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department and the SC Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Services.
Diane Owens, M.S.
Statewide Coordinator, South Carolina Project SEARCH
Center for Disability Resources
University of South Carolina
School of Medicine/PEDS
Columbia, SC 29208