Disabled students prepare for the future in Pitt Co

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Young students with disabilities and their teachers talked about a program that is helping the students to work.

It is called Project SEARCH.

Vidant Medical Center partnered with Pitt County Schools, RHA Health Services and the N.C. Division of Vocation Rehabilitation Services.

The program supports the students with disabilities by helping them gain employment after completing the program.

Since it started in September, Vidant Medical Center says the program has been successful.

It helps students like A.J. Harris learn how to use classroom training and the Project SEARCH internship skills and apply them to a future job.

“He has adjusted himself to conduct in a manner that is a lot more professional and put together than maybe what was expected of him in high school,” said Sara Graves, a Project SEARCH instructor.

“High school, it’s like all those teachers and stuff, [sic] eww, but this program, I got relief,” said A.J. Harris, a Project SEARCH intern.

A grant from the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities helped establish the program.

The program started in Cincinnati, Ohio at a hospital there. Vidant Medical Center is the only hospital in Eastern North Carolina that has Project SEARCH.

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