I Can Do The Work Video Premiere #ICanDoTheWork #NDEAM

Project SEARCH of Howard County premiered the video, “I Can Do The Work” in October during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. On October 23, 2019, the video was shown to an audience of honored guests, business leaders, and Project Search graduates and their families. The video, created using a grant from Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and produced by Pam Long Photography, featured several Project SEARCH graduates at their job sites, including Howard County Government Central Fleet and Brookfield Christian School. You can watch the video on YouTube.

Project SEARCH of Howard County is a one-year internship for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is in its 6th year in Howard County. All Project SEARCH of Howard County interns complete three, ten-week internships within different Howard County Government departments and now also within the Howard County Public School System. 
Natalie Dohner, Project SEARCH of Howard County Manager, asks Caroline (featured in the video) about her experience as a Project SEARCH of Howard County Class of 2018 Graduate.
A total of 60 interns have completed the Project SEARCH of Howard program since 2015. The employment rate after completing Project SEARCH is 65%. Project SEARCH Interns have been hired by several local businesses, including within the Howard County Government, Howard County Public School System, Verbal Beginnings, Thrive Center, PetSmart, Play N’ Learn, Einstein Bagels, Wegmans, Columbia Association, and more.

Natalie Dohner, Project SEARCH of Howard County Manager, asks Jim (featured in the video) about his experience as a Project SEARCH of Howard County Class of 2018 Graduate.

Project SEARCH Howard, which runs from September through June, helps interns work towards competitive employment. The interns are totally immersed in workplace settings, to facilitate the teaching and learning process through acquisition of job-related and marketable skills. Project Search of Howard County is a partnership between The Arc of Howard CountyHoward County GovernmentHoward County Public School SystemHoward County Autism Society, and Maryland DORS.

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Project SEARCH Howard Class of 2020 Virtual Ceremony. Congratulations!

 

Project SEARCH Class of 2020 Virtual Ceremony

Today, we celebrate the Project SEARCH of Howard County class of 2020! This morning, a virtual ceremony was held to celebrate the accomplishments of the interns who completed this school year long work program. All of these young people are now ready for paid employment! Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Carol Beatty gave the keynote address to the 2020 class and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball sent well wishes to the interns as well!

Project SEARCH of Howard County is a partnership between Howard County Government Howard County Public School System The Arc of Howard County Howard County Autism Society Maryland DORS

If you are interested in learning more about this program or believe you have a job for one of the interns, please contact Program Manager, Natalie Dohner at ndohner@archoward.org. Congratulations Class of 2020!

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“Imagine” Living Life to the Fullest


Imagine” living life…to the fullest. “Imagine,” a new video from The Arc of Howard County, features people with intellectual and developmental disabilities doing just that…living their best lives. The “Imagine” video was produced by Pam Long Photography featuring the vocal talents of Bach to Rock Fulton, MD‘s Carl Pfanstiehl. Thank you, Pam, Carl, and Bach to Rock! Let’s imagine the day when we can all be together again!

To learn more about The Arc of Howard County, click here. To donate to The Arc of Howard County’s COVID-19 Relief Fund for the purchase of masks, face shields, PPE, gowns, hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting supplies, and more, click here.
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Project SEARCH-Parent Information Night-November 21

Applications will open soon for the Project SEARCH of Howard County 2020-2021 program. Parents of Howard County Public School System students should plan on attending a Project SEARCH Parent Information Night to learn more about Project SEARCH of Howard County:

  • November 21, 6:30 p.m.-Harpers Choice Middle School, 5450 Beaverkill Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Project SEARCH of Howard County is a partnership between The Arc of Howard County, and the Howard County Government, the Howard County Public School System, the Howard County Autism Society, and Maryland DORS.

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Project SEARCH-Parent Information Nights-October 22

Applications will open soon for the Project SEARCH of Howard County 2020-2021 program.

Parents of Howard County Public School System students should attend one of two Project SEARCH Parent Information Nights:

  • October 22, 2019, 6:30 p.m.-Old Cedar Lane Building, Redwood Room, 5451 Beaverkill Road, Columbia, MD 21044
  • November 21, 6:30 p.m.-Harpers Choice Middle School, 5450 Beaverkill Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Project SEARCH of Howard County is a partnership between The Arc of Howard County, and the Howard County Government, the Howard County Public School System, the Howard County Autism Society, and Maryland DORS.

 

 

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