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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.
Raising Expectations for Better Futures

Raising Expectations for Better Futures

New resources to engage families in employment planning.

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.

May 19
2pm – 3pm

May 26
2pm – 3pm

Massachusetts Interagency Transition Teams Workshop

Do you want to enhance partnerships among school districts, state agencies, and local service providers to improve outcomes for students with disabilities? During this 2-part virtual workshop, participants will gain knowledge on interagency transition teams, best practices, and why they are critical to successful student outcomes!

Cost: Free

Download the flyer [pdf]


Wed May 12
Wed May 19
Wed May 26

9am-12:30pm EST

Job Development & Business Engagement Training Series

Developing job opportunities and finding the right job match in an ever-changing economic environment places increasing demands on employment professionals. Please join this 3-session training series that focuses on understanding employer needs and developing quality job matches.

Cost: Free

Download the flyer [pdf]


Spring Training Series on Technology

Learn more about this series

April 28,
May 5, 12, and 19
1pm – 3pm

Module 2: Remote, Virtual, & Hybrid Services

This 4-week community of practice module will help you organize and deliver great employment services that will keep you and the individuals you support safe and connected to the community.

Detailed information on this session

Cost: FREE


June 2, 9, 16 and 23
1pm – 3pm

Module 3: Self-Management: Tools and Strategies to Build and Inspire Independence

Registration will open early May

When employment services incorporate self-management strategies into their supports, job seekers get access to more hours, higher paying jobs, and they tend to learn skills that are transferable to other situations. This 4-week module on self-management strategies focuses on tools that a person can use independently, sometime interdependently, to keep themselves on track. In this module, we will focus on a range of self-management solutions so that you can access tools that will work for anyone and everyone you support.

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