Finding Talents and Cultivating Skills
Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement is a one-year internship program for young adults who have graduated from high school with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was created by NEXT for AUTISM, in partnership with NY-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), The Arc Westchester, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services and The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB)
The Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement employment training package addresses the need for high-quality training so that young adults with autism can gain meaningful employment.
Known as PSAE, the training package is disseminated nationally to organizations and educational institutions and is the result of a long-standing collaboration among NEXT for AUTISM, Project SEARCH at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and the TEACCH Autism Program at the University of North Carolina.
Since 2016, Drexel University, the Y.A.L.E. Schools and The Arc of Westchester have created Project SEARCH programs using this autism enhancement package. Six additional sites will adopt the package by 2018, including the University of California at Irvine and the University of Washington in Seattle.