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Children’s Hospital to host open house for young adults with disabilities interested in gaining work skills

January 14, 2016

Event highlights Easter Seals Project SEARCH program

MILWAUKEE – Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is hosting an open house for Project SEARCH, a workforce and career development model for young adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will be held in the West Tower Atrium near the Sibling Care Room.

Interested individuals can meet current Project SEARCH interns, hear from employed former interns and talk with leaders about how to apply to the program during the open house. Those planning to attend the event should email Ally O'Leary, Project SEARCH supervisor, at, or by calling (262) 953-2206.

Project SEARCH is an initiative lead by Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin in partnership with Children's, Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Froedtert Hospital, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and area schools. The partnering organizations provide yearlong internships in professional work environments with the goal of providing the adults with marketable, competitive and transferable skills that lead to employment.

"Project SEARCH provides a great service to the community and Children's has benefited from our four-year partnership with the organization," said Tom Shanahan, vice president human resources for Children's. "More than 40 amazing individuals have gone through the program at Children's working in areas including medical records, surgical services, emergency room and food services. Like all of Children's employees, they help provide the best care to the kids of Wisconsin."

The Project SEARCH program at Children's Hospital is one of 14 sites in Wisconsin. Forty-one interns have worked at Children's Hospital since the program began in 2011.

The application process for the 2016-17 program is open Jan. 19 through March 4. A second open house will be held Wednesday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. For more information on Project SEARCH, visit Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin.

Media wishing to attend the event need to contact Hilary Dickinson at (414) 266-3056 or to get visitor access to the hospital. With advance notice, interviews with current and past Project SEARCH participants can be arranged for between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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