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Art By: George Ortiz

Project Search Class of 2016

Posted on : 06/15/2016

Valuable Workplace Skills

Nothing compares to the pride Arc of Westchester feels when congratulating the Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism (PSCA) graduation class. After a year of hard work at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division, seven talented young men were able to flip their tassels and walk out of the room not only as graduates, but also as adults with valuable job skills. The pride on their families faces was priceless. They all worked very hard for this honor. Throughout the school year, each student had the opportunity to work in three different internships and complete additional training in competitive, transferable and marketable job skills.

This partnership with PSCA was created by New York Collaborates for Autism in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Arc of Westchester, Southern Westchester BOCES and ACCES-VR. Clinical support is provided by the NYP/Center for Autism and the Developing Brain.  PSCA is based on the national Project SEARCH program created at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The program allows young men and women with Autism Spectrum Disorder to gain confidence, become independent and learn valuable workplace skills during their last year of high school.

This year’s graduates are all remarkable. They are determined to succeed and have a fulfilling future.

As these young people enter the workforce, they transition into Arc of Westchester’s adult program, where they’ll receive assistance with job placements and ongoing career counseling.

Congratulations to all of these young adults and their families. The skills that have been learned throughout this past year will enable them succeed in new jobs and in life.

Learn more about the program and success stories here.

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