The First Project SEARCH Site in Illinois (PSCA@NU)
Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University (PSCA@NU) is a one-year business-based program for high school students in their last year of transition services. The goal of the program is competitive employment, which is achieved through the use of the autism- specific curriculum, three ten-week internship rotations on Northwestern University’s campus, and job development, job
placement, and follow-on services.
90% of PSCA@NU graduates seeking jobs have been hired for competitive employment positions.
PSCA@NU is a collaboration of agencies, including: Northwestern University, Project SEARCH, Have Dreams, NEXT for AUTISM, local school districts, The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
- Strong desire for employment
- Demonstrates independent self-help and self-regulation
- Corporate / Business Environment
- Three different internship rotations
- Nine months
- Monday – Friday; 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m.
- Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or other related diagnosis
- 18 years or older
- Strong desire and plan for employment
- Independent daily living skills
- Maintains appropriate behavior and social interactions in the workplace (i.e., no aggressive or disruptive behavior)
- Training room with use of autism-specific curriculum
- Job coaching
- Job development
- September – June
- Monday – Friday; 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
For more information, contact:
Have Dreams – PSCA
847-905-0702, ext. 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The first Project SEARCH site was developed in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.