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Project SEARCH Success

Finding Talents and Cultivating Skills

Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement is a one-year internship program for young adults who have graduated from high school with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was created by NEXT for AUTISM, in partnership with NY-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), The Arc Westchester, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services and The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB)

The Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement employment training package addresses the need for high-quality training so that young adults with autism can gain meaningful employment.

Known as PSAE, the training package is disseminated nationally to organizations and educational institutions and is the result of a long-standing collaboration among NEXT for AUTISM, Project SEARCH at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and the TEACCH Autism Program at the University of North Carolina.

Since 2016, Drexel University, the Y.A.L.E. Schools and The Arc of Westchester have created Project SEARCH programs using this autism enhancement package. Six additional sites will adopt the package by 2018, including the University of California at Irvine and the University of Washington in Seattle..

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John Jaeger and The Home Depot

As part of Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism, John worked with the building services team at NewYork-Presbyterian to prepare conference rooms for meetings and he supported the IT team on a large-scale computer upgrade program. John also worked in one of the hospital’s laboratories, where he excelled at preparing testing kits. John learned how to work independently and with larger groups and he also strengthened his communication skills.

Today, John works at the Home Depot in Mohegan Lake where he manages thousands of dollars in inventory. John also works as a greeter, because enjoys helping people find what they need.

Kyle Siczewicz and Jackson Lewis LLP

During his time with Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism, Kyle received hands-on work experience at NewYork-Presbyterian. He spent time in the pharmacy, checking the expiration dates on medications and helping the pharmacists to process prescriptions. Kyle also conducted complex data entry projects for the NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. Kyle demonstrated his aptitude for complex systematic projects and he also developed his social and interpersonal skills by working with maintenance crews on collaborative projects.

In July 2013, Kyle joined the offices services team at Jackson Lewis LLP in White Plains. In addition to assisting with special projects, Kyle’s responsibilities include filing, copying and organizing supplies.