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Project SEARCH

Started in 1995, headquartered in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio Project Search received President Bush's 2004 Secretary of Labor's New Freedom Initiative Award. This nationally recognized program uses a business model to provide meaningful employment and education opportunities for individuals with significant barriers to employment. Project SEARCH is a collaborative effort between the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, and the Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

Over 150 individuals with disabilities have been employed through Project SEARCH in challenging and rewarding jobs. Recognizing the value that persons with disabilities bring to the workplace and that wisdom is reflected in their daily actions and operations throughout the Greater Cincinnati area, including two additional hospitals and Fifth Third Bank. The goal is to educate employees about the potential of this underutilized workforce while meeting their human resource needs. This program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.

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