Project SEARCH Employer Follow Up

Project SEARCH Employer Follow-up Study (2014).

The purpose of this study was to measure employer satisfaction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Montgomery County Government (MCG) Project SEARCH (PS) programs between 2010 and 2013. Based on feedback from 34 PS employers, it appears that they were for the most part very satisfied with their PS interns, and even more likely to be satisfied with their permanent employees hired through PS. The most commonly cited benefits of hiring an intern through PS was additional support for routine office tasks and the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of individuals with disabilities. The majority of PS employers were also very satisfied with PS staff, although a few reported that communication between PS and job sites could have been better. PS employers cited regular check-ins, job coach support in training interns to complete work tasks, and job coach support in developing a schedule or checklist of tasks to be performed as the most helpful supports received through PS. The most common reason for participating in PS was a supervisor suggestion that the department get involved with PS. Although a considerable number of PS employers reported having originally had concerns about hiring someone with an intellectual or learning disability – especially reduced productivity and quality control problems – almost all felt that the PS program adequately addressed these concerns.

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