Project Search Class of 2013
In 2013 Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism celebrated five graduates. This collective effort created by New York Collaborates for Autism, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Southern Westchester BOCES, ACCES-VR and Arc of Westchester is based on the national Project SEARCH model developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism is a one-year internship program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder that takes place during their last year of high school.
During the program, each student completes three internship rotations with New York-Presbyterian in areas including pharmacy, laboratory, information technology, facilities and food/nutrition. The assignments vary in each department and include tasks such as prepping lab test kits, data entry, computer hardware and software maintenance, stocking and organizing medications, painting offices and preparing meals for patients.
At the end of their internships, all five participants in the 2013 program secured paying jobs.
(Above) Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism Class of 2013 (from left to right): Marco, hired at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; Ray, hired at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; John, hired at Home Depot; Kyle, hired at Jackson Lewis LLP; T.J., hired at Motion Laboratories.