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Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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Project SEARCH

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Johnson County Project SEARCH is an education and employment program for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 18 years of age or older who are interested in community employment. 

Project SEARCH began in Ohio at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1996 and has developed into a successful international program. The state of Kansas began implementing Project SEARCH with its first high school model in 2010. Since then, Project SEARCH sites across the state have averaged a 72% success rate with securing employment for Project SEARCH interns. Johnson County Developmental Supports implemented the first adult model of the Project SEARCH program in Kansas in August of 2014. We experienced a 100% success rate in our first program year.

During Project SEARCH, interns will spend nine months immersed in a host business site completing three unpaid internship rotations designed to teach them marketable, transferable work skills. The goal of the program is paid employment for each intern, which is defined as a minimum of 16 hours per week in a competitive, integrated setting earning prevailing wage or higher.

To be in Project SEARCH, you must be 18 years of age or older. You must also be CDDO eligible. To determine whether you or your family member is CDDO eligible, please visit the CDDO online. Anyone interested in being in this program must complete an application and assessment process. Not everyone who applies is guaranteed entry.

 

Meet Matt

Project SEARCH intern Isaac Rankin created this profile video of Matthew Gammil, who is also a Project SEARCH intern. Isaac is interning at the Johnson County Public Information Office and Matthew is interning at the Johnson County CDDO office.

 

Learn More

We hold open houses every year during the month of February to explain the Project SEARCH program and help you decide whether the program is the right fit for you.

If you would like to be on the mailing list for our next open house, or if you would like more information about the Project SEARCH program in Johnson County, please contact a member of our team:

Amy Fair
Community Employment Team Leader
(913) 826-2223

Kim Perry
Community Employment Coordinator
(913) 826-2340

 

To contact a specific Project SEARCH site, see the information below:

Embassy Suites Site:

Chris Donner
Project SEARCH Lead Instructor
(913) 826-2293

Bernadette Russ-Cohen
Project SEARCH Skills Trainer
(913) 826-2254

Alexandra Shaw
Program Staff

County Administration Building Site:

Forrest Austin
Project SEARCH Lead Instructor
(913) 826-2278

Tina Howard
Project SEARCH Skills Trainer
(913) 826-2368

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