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COVID-19 Publications & Resources

Resources For Massachusetts

ICI Resources

The Institute for Community Inclusion (IC) has an ongoing series of publications and resources to help professionals, individuals, and families maintain an Employment First focus through this challenging time. Go to ICI’s special COVID-19 web page.


We Believe

  • Everyone can work.
  • Everyone has the right to earn a living wage in a job of their choosing, based on their unique talents, gifts, skills, and interests.
  • Employment is a way for people to achieve their personal dreams of success, respect, control, and choice.
  • Having a job can be an important part of one’s self-identity and value in society today.
  • Everyone should be paid at least minimum wage.
Massachusetts Interagency Transtion Teams

Interested in knowing more about interagency transition teams in Massachusetts? check out the Massachusetts Interagency Transition Teams database, compiled by the MPTE Cross-Systems Collaboration team


The Massachusetts Partnership for Transition to Employment (MPTE) is a five-year project to improve labor market participation for youth and young adults served by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

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All in-person trainings are cancelled until further notice. The following online courses are currently available.

Starting Feburary 9th
Raising Expectations for Better Futures

Please join the Massachusetts Partnership for Transition to Employment for the virtual launch of new training content on the role employment can play in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the roles families can play in encouraging employment.

Information for Families

Information for Professionals

Cost: FREE Register

Wed February 17 &
Wed February 24
9:00-12pm EST
Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning

using their time well to prepare and plan for entering or re-entering the workforce. Participants will learn how to coordinate and implement person-centered planning strategies during these challenging times. This 2-session online training series will cover strategies to assess job seeker’s employment goals, abilities, interests and capacities.

Learn more about these trainings

Cost: FREE

Foundations of Community Employment

This course begins with an overview of community employment, including current social, political, and economic changes that are leading to expansion of opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

If you are working towards your ACRE Certificate or would prefer to have more time to review this content, register for this online course instead of the webinar.

Cost: FREE