Project SEARCH serves students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Typically, these are students who are on an Individual Education Program (IEP) and in their last year of high school eligibility. The most important criterion for acceptance into Project SEARCH is a desire to achieve competitive employment.


Basic Eligibility Criteria

  • 18-21 years old

  • All academic requirements for graduation met

  • Agree to accept diploma at successful completion of program

  • Basic and effective communication skills (verbal or supported by technology)

  • Appropriate, basic social, grooming, and hygiene skills

  • Able to pass drug screening and background check

  • Updated immunizations

  • Ability to access and willingness to use independent transportation options

  • Have independent living skills and lunch routine

  • Must have open case with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)

  • Maintain appropriate behavior in the workplace

  • Ability to take direction and change behavior if necessary

  • Desire to be competitively employed