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Bucks County Thanks Neurodiverse Interns For Work

The interns all have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Intern Bekah working in a county office.
Credit: County of Bucks

Bucks County’s government, courts, and row offices have worked with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit on Project Search, an employment program designed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Project Search enables interns to participate in internships that offer a broad exposure to various career opportunities.

Last month, the Bucks County Commissioners officially recognized the valuable contributions of the Project Search program and its interns.

David Fox, a job developer and skills trainer for the project, highlighted the program’s role in challenging societal stereotypes and fostering a partnership between the interns and the county government.

“These people are bridging the gap every day between the neurodiversity community and the neurotypical community,” Fox said.

Project Search allows participants to work closely with a team made up of family members, an instructor and job skills trainer from the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, as well as staff from the Bucks County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Programs, the county, and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, to refine their employment training and receive feedback on their job performance.

Intern Harris filing papers.
Credit: County of Bucks

Interns of the program shared their positive experiences and the impact of their work.

Sophia, one of the interns, expressed pride in her opportunity to work in the Register for Wills Office where she processed marriage certificates.

“I think that it’s cool that we get to be in a building where not a lot of people like us get to go,” she said.

Brooke, another intern who has been working at the Neshaminy Manor Retirement Community, shared how her work involves interacting with residents.

The Bucks County Commissioners issued a proclamation last month marking Neurodiversity Celebration Week.

Commissioner Bob Harvie emphasized the transformative impact of the program on perceptions of neurodivergent individuals within the community.

Echoing this sentiment, Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia expressed appreciation for the interns’ partnership.

“You really have become an integral part of our government and it’s great to have you as a partner,” said Ellis-Marseglia said. “It’s great to have you as a partner.”

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for 12 years for both newspaper and online publications. Tom’s reporting has appeared locally, nationally, and internationally across several mediums. He is proud to report on news in the county where he lives and to have created a reliable publication that the community deserves.

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