During his senior year of high school, Vander, a young person with a disability, began to notice that opportunities were quickly passing him by. While he had the right personality, he was being passed over for jobs because he did not have the educational and professional experience they required.
In the fall of 2010, after recognizing Vander’s desire for success, his therapist suggested he apply to Goodwill’s Project SEARCH Program. Project SEARCH is a one-year work experience program for students with disabilities in their last year of high school.
Vander was accepted and he excelled! “I learned to transfer my mindset from a high school student to a full-time employee,” Vander said.
Today Vander is fully employed with the Department of Education. He also travels and speaks on behalf of people with disabilities.
“I am trying to open doors for other people in the future,” added Vander.
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