The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities released a request for proposals in April to fund a project that will provide administrative support for Project SEARCH® sites in Texas. This project will support school districts, businesses and other entities that want to contract with Project SEARCH® to provide work internships that help youth with significant disabilities transition from school to adult life. The internships will include classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on training in rotating positions which lead to integrated employment at prevailing wages for the job.
Project SEARCH® was founded in 1996 in Ohio and has more than 150 programs in 42 states and four countries. There are already sites across Texas in various stages of implementation, and there is strong interest among businesses and individuals to establish more sites in our state.
The project funded by TCDD under this RFP also must gather information about emerging barriers and opportunities for students with developmental disabilities transitioning to employment. Individuals are not eligible to apply for this grant.
Visit the Project SEARCH® website for more information.