The Department of Developmental Services, in partnership with the Institute for Community Inclusion / UMass Boston presents:

Training for Massachusetts Employment Support Professionals

Current Trainings:

Come to this workshop to learn how you can truly move your community based day support services into the community. ICI Consultant and subject matter expert, Genni Sasnett, will provide you with practical insights and strategies you can use to further develop your CBDS program with a focus on moving towards program models that are 100% community based. If your agency is looking to transform your CBDS services this training is for you.

While not required, agencies are strongly encouraged to attend as a team. We recommend at least one team member in a leadership/program development role and one direct support professional, but you decide what the right mix is for your agency.

Registration and networking will begin at 8:30. The training will begin promptly at 9:00. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Participants attending are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following documents prior to attending this workshop:

Crowne Plaza Natick
1360 Worcester Street
Natick, MA 01760

Wednesday, October 11
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Many job seekers worry about losing their benefits when going to work. This training will provide an overview of the impact of earnings on Social Security benefits. Topics include the differences between SSI and SSDI, SSA Work Incentives, how to keep medical benefits while working, how to explain benefits to job seekers, families and other stakeholders, and resources available to assist job seekers with benefit planning issues.

Upon completing this training, students will be able to:

  • Counsel job seekers and family members on the financial incentives for returning to work
  • Formulate simple calculations comparing benefit to salary income ratio
  • Assist individuals with keeping records and reporting necessary information to Social Security

This workshop will be available around the clock (24/7) from November 1st through November 30th. It should take about six hours to complete. Participation is self-paced and flexible. Included are a variety of formats: readings, presentations, discussion forums, videos, professional development activities, and assignments. An instructor will be available on a regular basis throughout the month to answer questions and give feedback.

When: November 1 – 30, 2017
Location: Online
Cost: $20.00

Effective job coaching strives to maximize employee independence and to promote stability at work. Job performance is only part of what leads to employment success. Equally essential is that the new employee fits in and is included in a meaningful way as a member of that workplace culture. So, what are natural supports, really? And exactly what can you do you to help make social inclusion happen? This session will discuss concrete strategies to engage coworkers and supervisors while taking full advantage of workplace activities to enhance social inclusion.

When: Tuesday November 14, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Location: online
Presenters: Lara Enein-Donovan and Jill Eastman, Institute for Community Inclusion
Cost: there is no cost for this event


Once You Register: You will receive an automated email confirming your registrations. Reminders will be sent closer to the event date(s) with the webinar URL link.

Questions about this webinar? Contact: Lara Enein-Donovan,

Friday, November 3, 2017
Sturbridge Host Hotel

Registration and Networking (8:15-9am)
Training (9am–3pm)

Self-determination means making choices and decisions based on our preferences and interests, monitoring and regulating our actions, and being goal-oriented and self-directed. These behaviors contribute to positive outcomes for students and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) as they transition from school to adult life.

In this training, we’ll discuss the impact of self-determination on outcomes for people with disabilities and share a self determined career development model. We’ll also cover ways that schools, state agencies, and providers can collaborate to promote self-determination through a person-driven transition process.

Who should attend?

  • Educators and transition specialists working with transition-age youth (ages 18-22) with ID/DD
  • State agency staff (DDS, MRC, MCB) who work with transition-age youth with ID/DD
  • Service providers offering employment services to youth with ID/DD
Dr. Michael Wehmeyer

Dr. Michael Wehmeyer is a national leader in the promotion of self-determination for individuals with ID/DD. He is the Ross and Marianne Beach Distinguished Professor in Special Education and chairperson of the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas, and is the director and senior scientist at the Beach Center on Disability.

Register before October 27


There is no fee to attend. Participants should plan to attend the training for the full day.


Contact Berenise Reyes-Albino

General Information


All payments must be made prior to the start of the training. Payment can be made by check or credit card. Make checks payable to UMass Boston/ICI. All payments are final. If an individual is unable to attend, an alternative trainee may be substituted with three-day notification.


For in-person trainings, there is a registration limit of 2 staff per agency. Additional agency staff can call Berenise Reyes-Albino at 617-287-4314 to be placed on a wait list in case sessions do not reach capacity.

Registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Participants are strongly encouraged to register online, even if their payment needs to be mailed.

Online workshops

Online workshops will be available around the clock (24/7) during the time that they are scheduled to run. Participation is self-paced and flexible. Included are a variety of formats: readings, presentations, discussion forums, videos, professional development activities, and assignments. An instructor will be available on a regular basis throughout the course to answer questions and give feedback. Registrants will receive login information about 1 week prior to the start date.

Webinar registrants will receive an automated email confirming registration. Reminders will be sent closer to the event date with the webinar URL link and log in instructions.


Letters of Attendance will be provided upon request.

Weather Cancellations

In the event of bad weather, a cancellation decision will be made by 6:00 a.m. on the day of the training event, and a recorded message will be left at 617-287-4390 (only if the event is cancelled). CRC Credits will be available for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors who attend training events. Letters of Attendance will also be provided upon request.


All requests for disability related accommodations should be submitted 3 weeks prior to the start of the training.

Requests for accommodations may be made online as part of the registration process.

Contact for questions:
Berenise Reyes-Albino


This training is presented by the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.