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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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Fall 2020 Webinar Series

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

Wed September 9
9-10:30am EST
Providing Employment Services in the Current Environment

Even during these difficult times, we are committed to assisting individuals to reach their employment goals.  How we help them do this has changed significantly over the last few months.  From facilitating career planning and exploration to interviews and job supports- we are having to shift how we provide these services but still provide all the supports that individuals need to be successful.  Participants in this webinar will learn best practices in providing remote services, keeping teams engaged and supporting employers and individuals as they start new jobs or return to work after a leave.

Cost: FREE

Tue, September 29
10-11:30am EST
Providing CBDS Services in the Current Environment

The current pandemic has created major challenges to a core tenet of Community Based Day Supports (CBDS): spending maximum time in the community and physically interacting with other community members. However, CBDS can still be provided, with individuals participating in their communities, interacting with other community members, and working on goal directed skill development. Participants in this webinar will learn about a variety of strategies for providing CBDS services during this time, and how the current environment can serve as a catalyst for long-term enhancements for CBDS.

Cost: FREE

Wed October 7
1-2pm EST
Employer Engagement During Challenging Times Part 1

Enhancing Best Practices: Part 1 of this two-part series will focus on the importance of maintaining our commitment to the values of integrated employment, and best practices in job development and employment searches can be utilized during this challenging time.

Cost: FREE

Wed October 21
9-10am EST
Employer Engagement During Challenging Times Part 2

Dealing with the Impact of the Pandemic: Part 2 of this series will focus on enhancements to existing employer outreach and engagement strategies that can help maintain and strengthen business relationships during the pandemic. Strategies for outreach and conducting employer meetings during COVID-19, and maintaining job seeker focus on employment, will also be discussed.

Cost: FREE

Tue November 17
9-10:30am EST
Informed Choice: It’s More Than Just Asking

“Informed choice” is a term that is used a lot in terms of employment services and supports for people with disabilities. But what does it really mean? Attendees at this webinar will learn about strategies that will ensure that individual’s choices in terms of employment are truly “informed”. We will focus in particular on individuals with significant disabilities with limited experience in both employment and choice making, and who may be in the habit of deferring to the wishes of others. A variety of strategies for maximizing informed choice will be discussed, emphasizing experiential activities that inform an individual about the range of employment choices available, use of peer-to-peer supports, and how to address barriers to employment.

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