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Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Ewing School

Project WAVE

Project WAVE is a transition program for young adults with disabilities. The program, whose main goal is employment, is offered to students who have completed all high school graduation requirements and are between the ages of 18 and 22 years old.

The school year program provides structured educational experiences designed to support the long term goals of employment, independent living, and community participation.


The History of WAVE

Project WAVE originated as a collaborative effort on the part of the Washington County Career Center and the Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities. These two agencies were interested in providing a new opportunity in Transition services for students with disabilities. Project WAVE was modeled after a successful program at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, called Project Search, which began in 1997, and was initiated after it was recognized that the hospital setting was the most appropriate place for this vocational program. "The American College of Healthcare Executives encourages its members to lead their communities in creating working environments that enhance the opportunities of persons with disabilities to gain and maintain employment." *

Recognizing the innovative work of Children's Hospital in our sister river city, it became an obvious avenue to seek out the partnership with Selby General Hospital, and therefore Project WAVE was born and held its first class in the 2002-2003 school year. Selby has been a steadfast supporter of WAVE for the past 8 years. Recently, the Washington County Career Center has relinquished its connection to WAVE and the Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities has taken over the full supervision of Project WAVE.

Program Eligibility

• Be a Washington County Resident, 18 to 21 years old

• Be on an IEP (WCBDD Eligible students will have priority)

• Have a desire to explore career options and get a job

• Have met all high school graduation requirements

• Possess basic communication skills

• Display appropriate social, grooming and personal hygiene skills

• Be independent in feeding and toileting skills

• Be willing to use community transportation

• Have the ability to learn and follow rules and directions in the work place

WAVE Curriculum

There are no tests in the Project WAVE class­ room, however, WAVE students participate in class discussions and class projects designed to teach essential vocational and life skills.

In class the students will discuss goal setting, identifying personal talents, teamwork, following instructions, voicing opinions, understanding emotions, accepting criticism.

Community Classroom - Location

The WAVE classroom is located at Selby General Hospital on Colgate Drive in Marietta, Ohio. Selby is part of the Marietta Memorial Health System and has partnered with the Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities (WCBDD), which oversees this special program and supports the mission of assisting students with disabilities to reach their potential and future vocational goals.

The Selby Hospital location is ideal for initial job exploration. The hospital provides work experience for the WAVE students in various areas including housekeeping ,food preparation in the cafeteria, maintenance, and in special fundraising activities which help prepare the students for Internship experiences outside of the hospital in the Marietta community. These Internships are volunteer opportunities, with the central goal of giving the students experience in various different work settings. Internships usually extend over a 6-8 month period.

Job Shadow

Opportunities are also offered to students to give them a one or two day view of various job or career fields. Businesses such as Peoples Bank, Harmar Place, Cambridge Home Health Care, Old Town Bakery, and at Greenleaf Nursery have provided WAVE students with opportunities.

Past Internship Sites:

• Selby General Hospital

• Marietta College grounds crew

• Marietta College/Chartwells Dining Services

• Marietta Memorial Hospital/Aramark Dining

• Head Start classroom at the Ewing School

• Harmar Place Nursing and Rehabilitation

• O'Neil Center - elder care service

• YMCA - Marietta

Contact Information

WCBDD (Ewing School) 740-373-3781 * Selby Hospital Classroom 740-568-2264ills