Project SEARCH

photo of intern with a disability in doctor's scrubs in a medical supply room at a hospitalProject SEARCH is a nationally acclaimed model for transitioning students with intellectual and developmental disabilities from high school into employment through internships at community businesses (though some sites in TN have decided to serve adults with disabilities, rather than students). 

In 2013, the Council convened a team of lead state agencies to develop a plan to create Project SEARCH sites across the state. In 2014, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services adopted the day to day management of the Project SEARCH initiative in Tennessee, with the Council continuing its facilitation role of the Statewide Leadership Team. This initiative continues to be a partnership with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Education. The Council invests in outcomes as needed. For example, in 2016 the Council provided funding for a statewide training conference for all Tennessee Project SEARCH sites.

For updates about Project SEARCH sites in TN, read Project SEARCHers Seek a Meaningful Transition through Employment in Breaking Ground issue 83.

For more information about the Project SEARCH model, visit