Employment First Massachusetts

subscribe to our E-News

Newsletter archive.

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.


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).

Learn more>>
Card image cap

Current Trainings

October 17th
2:00-3:00 (EDT)
Sparking Innovation: Supported Self Employment

This webinar will share insights on how self -employment can provide the scheduling flexibility necessary to accommodate a disability, circumvent the often-challenging competitive employment process, create financial equity options and allow individuals to bring their talents to the open market.

October 22 & 23, 2019
8:30AM-4:00PM (EDT)
Job Coaching And Support Strategies (2 days)

This two-day workshop focuses on job training and support strategies. Topics include the role of the job coach; natural supports and social inclusion; systematic instruction basics; maintenance and fading; and behavioral support strategies.

Cost: $40

November 1 - November 30,
Earnings and Benefits: Using Social Security Work Incentives

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.

Cost: $20

November 12, 2019
8:30AM-4:00PM (EDT)
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.

Cost: $20

December 10 & 11, 2019
8:30AM-4:00PM (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.

Cost: $40

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