Project SEARCH at the Ascension Seton is an innovative best practice for preparing and training young adults with intellectual disabilities for the competitive workforce. Through a yearlong internship, Project SEARCH offers each participant the opportunity to develop their vocational skills in a business setting, while building a solid foundation of professional experience.
Initially implemented in the fall of 2007, Project SEARCH at Ascension Seton was the first of its kind in Texas. It is supported by a unique collaboration among business, education, rehabilitation and disability service providers. This innovative model was originally developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and has been replicated in 400 organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
Project SEARCH at the Ascension Seton is currently operating at five Ascension Seton sites – Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, University Medical Center Brackenridge, Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson, Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays and Ascension Seton Northwest Hospital. Plans are underway to expand Project SEARCH to include Ascension Seton Highland Lakes in late 2016.
Project SEARCH is a living embodiment of what we mean when we talk about person-centered care at the Ascension Seton. We value the talents, contributions, and gifts of every member of our community, and are committed to advancing healthcare through a focus on the dignity of each individual.