The purpose of Vocational / Educational Services from Project SEARCH at Cincinnati Children's is to work with youth, ages 16 and older, with:

  • Chronic illnesses
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Rehabilitation issues
  • Other disabilities

Based on these needs, a plan that addresses their vocational, educational, training and employment goals is generated. The program is individualized to meet the specific needs of clients and may include services such as:

  • Coordination of GED programs
  • Researching appropriate career and technical or college choices
  • Encouraging the adoption of appropriate assistive technologies in schools

The process that we use for plan development includes:

  • A family interview to determine vocational interests, abilities, aptitudes, and needs
  • Coordination of evaluations to provide information related to individual career goals
  • Provision of eligibility and referral services to community service agencies, including state and community rehabilitation services, as needed
  • Development of the vocational components of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for school-aged individuals
  • Coordination of services and information exchange between the school, the medical team, and other service providers
  • Provision of long-term follow-up and support, especially during key transition times and after high school / employment (when appropriate)


Vocational / Educational Services from Project SEARCH has these eligibility criteria:

  • Age 16 years or older (with focus on last two years of high school)
  • Must have a chronic illness or disability
  • Referred by a Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center treatment team member