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  • 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.
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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

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Archived presentations from the June 2019 conference, Employment First: Expanding Job Opportunities and Pathways to Work


MPTE

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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Current Trainings

March 1-31, 2020
Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning (March 2020)

This workshop will focus on strategies used to assess the job seeker’s employment goals, abilities, interests and capacities. Participants will learn how to coordinate and implement person-centered planning, identify personal and family networks, develop vocational profiles and schedule and evaluate situational assessments. We will also discuss how to use Discovery to engage the job seeker in identifying their vocational goals and maximizing the information you learn about them.

Cost: $20

Online
April 1-30, 2020
Earnings and Benefits: Using Social Security Work Incentives (April, 2020)

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.

Cost: FREE

Online
April 1-30, 2020
Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning (April, 2020)

This workshop will focus on strategies used to assess the job seeker’s employment goals, abilities, interests and capacities. Participants will learn how to coordinate and implement person-centered planning, identify personal and family networks, develop vocational profiles and schedule and evaluate situational assessments. We will also discuss how to use Discovery to engage the job seeker in identifying their vocational goals and maximizing the information you learn about them.

Cost: FREE

Online
April 1-30, 2020
Job Coaching and Support Strategies (April, 2020)

This workshop will be available around the clock (24/7) from April 1 through April 30, 2020. It should take about 12 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. Instructions for accessing online courses are emailed, usually around a week before the course start date.

Cost: FREE

Online

June 2, 2020
8:30-4:00 (EDT)

Job Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning (1 day)

This workshop will focus on strategies used to assess the job seeker’s employment goals, abilities, interests and capacities. Participants will learn how to coordinate and implement person-centered planning, identify personal and family networks, develop vocational profiles and schedule and evaluate situational assessments. We will also discuss how to use Discovery to engage the job seeker in identifying their vocational goals and maximizing the information you learn about them.

Cost: $20

In-Person

Best Western Royal Plaza
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

June 3 & 4, 2020
8:30-4:00 (EDT)

The Nuts & Bolts of SSI and SSDI, Public Health Insurance and Other Public Benefits (2 Days)

This training focuses on how earnings from work affects SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefits such as subsidized housing and foodstamps.This training also includes an extensive review of the work incentives associated with each benefit and how they can be leveraged to assist individuals with disabilities to transition into employment or increase earnings without jeopardizing benefits. This training is geared toward employment professionals, case managers and rehabilitation counselors; Participants are expected to attend both days of training..

Cost: FREE

In-Person

UMass Medical School
333 South Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

July 21 & 22, 2020
8:30-4:00 (EDT)

Job Development and Business Engagement (2 Days)

Developing job opportunities and finding the right job match in an ever-changing economic environment places increasing demands on employment professionals. This two-day workshop focuses on understanding employer needs and developing quality job matches. Topics include employer networking; marketing to employers and responding to objections; identifying unmet business needs; dealing with disclosure; and job carving and creation. Individuals registering for this training should plan to attend both days.

Cost: $40

In-Person

Best Western Royal Plaza
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

Ongoing
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: $20

Online