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Local Education Innovation: Project SEARCH (Buncombe County)

In Asheville, Mission Health Project SEARCH helps secure competitive employment for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through postsecondary education and work-based learning. This international program began in 1996 as a small initiative to fill a handful of jobs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with people who have disabilities. More than 20 years later, Project SEARCH has grown from that one site to become a comprehensive internship and employment model in more than 400 sites across 46 states—including 12 in North Carolina—and almost a dozen countries.

Bright Spots – Project SEARCH from EducationNC on Vimeo.