Project SEARCH, program that works with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to transition them to workplace, kicks off at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge
Orientation is Tuesday, Aug. 11
EVENT: The Arc of the Midlands, Palmetto Health, District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties and SC Vocational Rehabilitation are partnering to bring Project SEARCH to teens in the Midlands with special needs for the 2015-16 school year. Project SEARCH is a business-led school-to-work transition model with demonstrated success in developing internships for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are in their last year of high school.
The goal of the program is to help lead the interns into integrated and competitive employment with prevailing wages. Six interns from the school district were carefully selected after a thorough interview process. The program is targeted to students whose main goal is competitive employment. The interns attend the program for this full school year at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge where they will learn about a multitude of jobs at the hospital. The interns will be assisted and taught by job coaches from The Arc of the Midlands, District 5 and SC Vocational Rehabilitation.
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 11
TIME: 1-1:30 p.m. Presentation about program for students and their parents
1:30-2 p.m. Interview opportunity and tour of training facility
WHERE: Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, 400 Palmetto Health Parkway
WHY: Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on training through worksite rotations. South Carolinians with intellectual and developmental disabilities continue to experience higher unemployment rates than South Carolinians who do not have disabilities. Parents of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities also report that the transition from high school to a career is a particularly difficult, involved, and confusing process. Project SEARCH aims to ease the transition for interns and their families.
About The Arc of the Midlands
The Arc of the Midlands is a member of the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental and intellectual disabilities. We provide supported employment and quality residential support services as well as a variety of programs to keep children and adults engaged in their communities.
About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the Midlands and third largest non-governmental employer in South Carolina, is composed of more than 10,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s vision: to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes five acute-care hospitals—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Palmetto Health Richland—as well as an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics and specialty care practices and a 501(c)(3) foundation. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 23 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org or call 803-296-CARE (2273).
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