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Marriott Foundation: Bridges...From School to Work

The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities (MFPD), assisted by TransCen, Inc., designed and implemented a nationally recognized project that features paid internships for youth with disabilities in their last year of high school. Since its inception in 1989, the Bridges program has placed 12,500 youth, representing the entire spectrum of disability, to achieve paid employment with companies in nearly every industry sector. Bridges operates in ten locations (Montgomery County, MD; Atlanta; Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Philadelphia; Oakland, CA; Dallas; New Orleans; and Washington, DC) in direct collaboration with each local school district and with relevant community partners such as vocational rehabilitation agencies, workforce investment programs, and other disability and workforce entities.

Project Search

Project SEARCH provides education and training to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through an innovative workforce and career development model that benefits the individual, the workplace, and the community. Its primary goal is to secure competitive employment outcomes for each of its student graduates. Project SEARCH originated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and now has program sites throughout the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

Your Employment Selections (YES)

Your Employment Selections (YES) is a reading-free, job preference, and career exploration program that shows tasks related to 120 different jobs using motion video on CD-ROM. YES was designed for youth in transition, adults with disabilities, and individuals with limited reading skills. YES can be completed at a computer in 60-90 minutes. With the assistance of a teacher, transition specialist, employment specialist, or other facilitator, participants view a number of two- or four-minute narrated videos. After viewing the videos, participants select their preferred jobs. Those selected are compiled into a list, which may be used to guide the Individual Transition Program, job sampling, or training. YES includes recommendations for modifying jobs if the participant does not possess all of the skills represented in the video. The program includes: One 300-page Facilitator’s Manual, Seven CD-ROMs showing 120 jobs, and 20 Job Preference Summary Forms.

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