Union Hospital Joins Hamilton Center in Project SEARCH Internship Initiative - March 25, 2009

Project SearchThe implementation of Project SEARCH in Terre Haute has taken a major step forward with Union Hospital joining the collaborative venture as the Business Partner. Employment Solutions—the Employment component of Spectrum Services and Hamilton Center Inc. was selected to implement one of five pilot programs in the State back in 2008 and will serve as the Supported Employment Partner.

Founded at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio, Project SEARCH offers young adults with significant disabilities a series of internships that provide employment and education opportunities. The program has been successfully replicated across the country and is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.

Funded through the State’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Project SEARCH/Indiana is a collaborative partnership replicating the nationally recognized employment program for young people with disabilities. The project was recently introduced to the Union Hospital leadership and internship sites within the hospital are currently being determined. This exciting program will be launched in August of 2009 with a dozen young adults.

The young adults involved in the program are given support through on-the-job coaching and worksite accommodations, in order to insure a successful transition to work as well as job retention and career advancement. A typical day at Union Hospital will include classroom instruction in employability and independent living skills; participation at one or more worksite rotations; lunch with peers; and feedback from the instructors.

For more information about the program and how to get involved, please contact: Debbie Wilford, Program Manager at dwilford@hamiltoncenter.org or by phone at 812-231-8355.

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