History & REsults

Project SEARCH was founded in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Under the leadership of J. Erin Riehle and Susie Rutkowski, Project SEARCH has grown from one original program site at Cincinnati Children’s to nearly 400 programs across 45 states and four countries. Visit the National Project SEARCH website at projectsearch.us.

Project SEARCH has been instrumental in dramatically raising the bar for employment of individuals with disabilities.

  • According to 2013-14 Project SEARCH national data, these programs have placed over 73% of their graduates into employment with 33% of graduates employed by host site and 67% employed outside host site.
  • 8 out of 9 students in the initial Project SEARCH-Overlook Medical Center student cohort secured competitive employment -- including 4 at Overlook.