Project SEARCH Arizona

The Sonoran UCEDD is committed to ensuring that students and young adults with developmental disabilities have competitive employment opportunities. Working in partnership  with  southern Arizona employers, disability organizations, service providers,  and government agencies has led to the development of an initiative to bring the model employment program Project SEARCH to Arizona. Project SEARCH involves a community business partnership to place students and young adults with disabilities in a business to learn both work place readiness and actual job skills leading to competitive employment. Nationally the program has achieved enormous success with over 70% of Project SEARCH  graduates obtaining jobs in the host or similar businesses.

The Sonoran UCEDD and its community partners started the first Arizona Project SEARCH pilot program at University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC) at South Campus in August 2009.  Since then, planning partners expanded the model not only to an additional communities in Arizona but also to new industries (university,medical technology, hospitality, and distribution logistics) – increasing participant capacity as well as providing opportunities for hands-on training and career exploration on a wider scale.

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Project | SEARCH US & International

NEW! 2018/2019 APPLICATION & PROGRAM GUIDES now available!

Tucson Programs:

Young Adult Program
High School Transition Programs:

Phoenix West Valley Programs:

Young Adult Programs: 
  • Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa
  • Core-Mark Arizona Distribution Center 
  • Luke Air Force Base

For application and information, go to 


Laura Schweers, Statewide Coordinator, Project SEARCH | Arizona
Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
PO Box 245052
Tucson, Arizona 85724
520-626-0442 (phone) | 520-626-0081 (fax)