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Cincinnati Children’s program helps young people with disabilities find career

September marks 20 years since Gretchen Koetters started at Cincinnati Children’s.

She was one of the first graduates of a program that began at the medical center called Project SEARCH.

It focuses on young people with disabilities between the ages of 18 to 22. In their final year of high school, students leave the classroom and move to Cincinnati Children’s or another host business to intern for the entire school year.

Gretchen, who has Down syndrome, was able to turn her Project Search experience into a full time job with benefits.

To hear how the program is helping many others with disabilities, click on

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