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Internship program helps individuals with disabilities find employment

Sep 30, 2018

Credit Project SEARCH

Young adults with disabilities now have a new internship opportunity to join in Rochester.

Two organizations, Jewish Senior Life and Heritage Christian Services will offer Project SEARCH - a nationally recognized work prep program for people 18 to 35 who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Mike King is the president and CEO of Jewish Senior Life and says as a parent of an individual with disabilities, this age can be a scary time.

"We call it "the cliff." Your individual can be in school until age 21, but then after age 21 there’s not a lot of support, resources available to transition your loved one into something besides just sitting at home playing video games, right?"

Interns will benefit from classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands on learning with mentors.

King says we all want to feel productive and making a contribution, and this program is focused on doing just that.

10 interns will be selected and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information contact Marianne Durrant or call (585)-2009.

This story is reported from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk