Project SEARCH provides education and training to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through an innovative workforce development model. The program's impact will go beyond just helping adult students with disabilities; it will also benefit their families and communities. According to the same ARC FINDS survey cited above, 52% of family members caring for adults with developmental disabilities stated that individuals are unable to get proper job training or other assistance in securing and retaining employment. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately five million adults have intellectual or developmental disabilities. The Project SEARCH program will provide young adults the tools necessary to acquire and develop skills required for independent living.
Camden County Educational Services Commission (CCESC) has a responsibility as a shared services provider to build the capacity and provide an economical option for school districts. The CCESC believes that implementing Project SEARCH would have a compounded benefit. First, it will offer districts an economical program, which saves taxpayer dollars. Second, it provides students with disabilities a return to the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), exposure to typically developing peers, community based instruction, and job experiences leading to employment.