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Program Offers Hands On Training for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities in Sussex County

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SEAFORD, DE.- As we celebrate today World Autism Awareness day, a special group of interns in Sussex County are making a difference. 

Project SEARCH helps young adults with disabilities transition from school to work through hands-on experience.

"We accept any students from 18 to 21 from any schools in

Sussex County," says Stephanie Tyler, one of the instructors.

The interns work in seven different departments at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, in Seaford. Through the internship they learn basic skills to later enter the workforce.

"We come from 9 to 2 and we go to our different internships in distribution, food services, patient transportation and so on" says Russell Snow, one of the interns.

This is the second year of the program in Seaford.

"We do one hour of instruction a day where where we focus in different independent living skills and employment skills and then they go out and they do four and a half hours in their individuals departments," says Tyler.

This year's interns Russell Snow, Malori Hitchens, Wesley Bailey, Alan Bahena-Toledo and Deshawn Scye have become an important part of the hospital staff.

"It started as a nice to have now is a need to have," Says Tom Diehl, Assistant Vice President of Supply Chain. " They're serious about their work. They do not come in to help out or have a great day. They come in and they really do their work, an inspiration for everyone."

Tyler says they need the support from the community to continue to help these hardworking students.

"We need to be able, you know, sharing an opportunity for them to succeed because they have so much to offer and they're so willing and ready to come to work and to participate in their community," she says.

The program is open to any students with special needs that has taken at least four years of high school in Sussex County.

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