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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Extended Deadline for Project SEARCH RFP

Source: John Stains, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Superintendents, Administrators, Special Education Directors, and Special Education Instructors

Date: January 31, 2013

The deadline for the Project SEARCH Request for Proposal (RFP) has been extended to February 28, 2013.

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace.  Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and on-the-job training and support.  The goal of each student is competitive employment.  The program provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youth with significant intellectual/developmental disabilities make successful transitions from school to productive adult life.

In addition to the direct benefits that Project SEARCH provides for people with disabilities, the presence of a Project SEARCH High School Transition Program can bring about long-term changes in business culture that have far-reaching positive effects on attitudes about hiring people with disabilities and the range of jobs in which they can be successful.

Guidelines for submitting a proposal may be accessed at: http://www.dese.mo.gov/se/ep/documents/ProjectSEARCHApp.pdf.

The proposal and two copies must be received by DESE no later than end of business on February 28, 2013.

Should you have questions or concerns, please call 573-751-0225 or email Barb.Gilpin@dese.mo.gov or John.Stains@dese.mo.gov.