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Published on Nov 30, 2012
Each month, NDSS provides a free educational webinar to anyone who is interested in learning more about various topics relating to Down syndrome, including health, education, research, family life and more. The NDSS Webinar Series topic for November 2012 was Achieving Meaningful Employment for Youth with Intellectual + Developmental Disabilities: High School Transition the Project Search Way. The presenters were Maryellen Daston, Ph.D. and Susie Rutkowski, M.Ed., co-authors of High School Transition that Works: Lessons Learned from Project SEARCH.
Project SEARCH is a highly successful business-led internship program that prepares young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for competitive, integrated employment. Recently, the program's founders, Susie Rutkowski and Erin Riehle, teamed up with writer Maryellen Daston to coauthor the book, High School Transition that Works: Lessons Learned from Project SEARCH. Here, the authors provide practical tips and strategies for breaking down obstacles to meaningful employment; teaching competitive, marketable jobs skills; achieving true collaboration among employers, transition teams, and young people and their families; and preparing young people for employment success from an early age.