Title: Transition news
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Creator: Division of Developmental Pediatrics, College of Medicine - Jacksonville, University of Florida
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Publication Date: April 2009
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College of Medicine Jacksonville
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

Special points of interest:
Art Builds Florida!

April, 2009

Transition News

Art Builds Florida!
Statewide Student Art Contest Winners Announced

* The ARC Jacksonville Pre-
sents: Life Experience
* State Gets $10 million
* Project SEARCH, Colorado
* Hope Academy-Project

State Gets $10 Million for
Disability Employment
April 8, 2009

A federal stimulus grant of $10.4
million gave employment pro-
grams for people with disabilities
in our state a significant boost this
This one-time grant falls under
the American Recovery and Rein-
vestment Act of 2009 Vocational
Rehabilitation State Grants pro-
gram to "implement innovative
strategies to improve employment
outcomes for individuals with

The state Department of Social
and Health Services Division of
Vocational Rehabilitation will
receive $8.8 million and the state
Department of Services for the
Blind the remaining $1.6 million of
the money. The Division of Voca-
tional Rehabilitation received 50
percent of its portion April 1; the
remaining balance is scheduled
to be awarded Sept. 30.

Press Release:
Florida Department of State Kurt S.
Browning Secretary

Secretary of State Kurt S.
Browning is pleased to an-
nounce four winners in the
Art Builds Florida! State-
wide student art contest
sponsored by Citizens for
Florida Arts, Inc. The con-
test highlighted Culture
Builds Florida's Future, the
Division of Cultural Affairs'
ten-year strategic plan. The
contest focuses on the
plan's four key compo-
nents: Leadership, Design
and Development, Learning
and Wellness, and
Strengthening the Econ-
Each of the four winners
will receive a $1,500 cash

Participants who take ad-
vantage of this unique pro-
gram will obtain a "sneak
preview" and crash course
into living independently.
Mission: To allow parents

prize from Citizens for Flor-
ida Arts, Inc. An exhibition
in the Division of Cultural
Affairs' Gallery for Innova-
tion & the Arts will feature
the work of the winners
and finalists March 20
through June 5, 2009. The
winners are:
Kyle Leahy Walsh (Clay
County), a 10th grade stu-
dent at Ridgeview High
School, is the winner of the
Leadership category. Kyle
says of his work titled, Pro-
moting Cultural Leadership
through Education, that
"music, art, dance, build-
ings and other forms of
culture release people's
emotions. It is important to
have art in our lives. School
is one of the first places to

and individuals with intel
lectual disabilities to dis-
cover the possibilities of
living independently.
* Staff -to-student ratio: 1/5
* Individualized support
* Customized training

"Having Autism Doesn't Mean You
Shouldn't Dream"

learn about the arts. A per-
son can become a leader in
the arts by being encour-
aged in school."

* Friendship development
* Enhance decision-making
For more information:
Office: (904) 620-3892
1 UNF Drive (Bid 3- Rm 1302)
Jacksonville, FL 32224
E-mail: coeoct@unf.edu

Interactive website for students and parents in transition: http://www.fyitransition.org

The Arc Jacksonville presents: LIFE Experience
Living Independently; Finding Enrichment





Project Search helps build employment

opportunities for people with disabilities

G271 St. Augustine Rd. Ste. I
Jacksonville, FL 32217

Contact: Anne Wilson
Phone: (904) B33-07B4
Fax: (904) B33-0751
E-mail: anne.wilson@jax.ufl.edu

We're on the Web:

Family Care Council/Area 4
May 1, 2009
Lou Brown, PhD
The Possibilities of Work
Conference Center @ the
Jacksonville Library
303 Laura St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Register: Lyn Oaks
(904) 992-2440
Seating is Limited!

"Project SEARCH is doing more than
providing valuable work experiences
for students It is massaging and
changing corporate culture and the
receptivity of workplaces to employ
people with disabilities"

Most of us already know how difficult it is to find a job in today's tight economy. But imag-
ine the challenge if you are unemployed and also have a disability?
Although more than willing and able to work, people with disabilities reported a 13.1 per-
cent unemployment rate last month while people without disabilities were unemployed at an
8.9 percent rate.
But a new approach for the region, called Project Search, is trying to close that gap and pro-
vide more opportunities for young people with disabilities or developmental delays as they
transition to the workplace after high school. The public/private partnership is spearheaded
by Poudre School District along with Columbine Health Services and the Colorado Develop-
mental Disabilities Planning Council.
Project Search, which has been implemented across the country with the help of health-care
facilities, places students into internships for about 15 hours a week for up to a year to pro-
vide training that could open doors to full-time jobs in the workplace. Coaches work with the
interns to support their efforts and offer them diverse workplace experiences.
Students with disabilities build skills, self-esteem and confidence, while participating compa-
nies offering the internships receive reliable, dedicated workers. Many of the interns are able
to use the experience to define what kind of work they want to do in the future.
Such innovation, combined with compassion and an eye toward fiscal common sense, is ap-

Hope Academy-Project Search, Jacksonville, FL

Hope Academy-Project SEARCH is a
workforce development program
designed to provide career explora-
tion and training opportunities for
young adults with disabilities. The
program is targeted for young adults,
ages 18-29, who will benefit from
career exploration and whose main
goal is paid employment. Participants
learn employability and job skills
while completing three, ten-week
internships within the host business.
Individualized job development and
placement occurs based on each
person's experiences, strengths, and
skills. Participants are provided sup-
port with accommodations, adapta-
tions and on-the-job coaching as
Each student applies to the program
and is accepted through a selection
committee process. All students must
be eligible for services with Voca-
tional Rehabilitation Services to par-

The cornerstone of Project
SEARCH is total immersion in a
larger business. Each day, interns
report to the host business, learn
employability skills in the class-
room and job skills while partici-
pating in 3 internships experi-
ences during the year. Interns
participate in monthly progress
meetings to define their career
goal and plan necessary steps to
achieve that goal.
Managers at the internship sites
work with the Project SEARCH
instructor and job coaches to
support the interns. Interns re-
ceive continual feedback from the
internship manager, co-workers,
and Project SEARCH staff. Stu-
dents end their day by reflection,
problem solving, planning and
discussing their key learning. The
ultimate goal upon program com-

pletion is competitive employ-
ment utilizing the skills learned on
the internships and through out
the program.
Host Business: provides a variety of
internships that teach core skills of the
business & a liaison to coordinate the
Education: provides an instructor &
recruits appropriate participants from the
Jax community
Vocational Rehabilitation: pro-
vides individualized career counseling &
guidance, vocational planning & support
(e g job coaching/placement)
Agency for Persons with Dis-
abilities: provides long term retention
and follow along for eligible individuals
who receive a competitive job at the host
business or in the community
Kelli Bloom, Adult Services Director
Hope Haven
Ph: (904) 364-5100
E-mail: kellib@hope-haven.org

Students Going to College: www.goingtocollege.com

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