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Project SEARCH is a worksite-based school-to-work program that provides employment and education opportunities for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The program benefits employers by increasing workforce diversity and reducing recruitment and training costs. Many employers experience improved job retention, enhanced community image and increased customer satisfaction.

Project SEARCH originated at the Cincinnati Children's Medical Center and in Indiana is administered by FSSA’s Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services under the Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). At the IGC site, the state partners with the Department of Education, State Library, Indiana University, Sycamore Services, Inc., and Avon, Ben Davis, Brownsburg and Plainfield high schools.

Contact Information

Project Search Statewide Coordinator
Indiana University (IU)
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC)
Center on Community Living and Careers
2853 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
Tel: 812-855-0741 / Fax: 812-855-9630

On-site Lead Coordinator: Melisa Hardesty (
Project SEARCH Instructor: Bill Murray (
State Business Liaison: Ted Williams (