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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.

https://covid19.communityinclusion.org


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

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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WINTER/SPRING 2021

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

Session 1
March30
March 31
April 1

Training will be online
Register for Session 1


Session 2
April 6
April 7
April 8

Training will be online
Register for Session 2

The Nuts & Bolts of SSI and SSDI,Public Health Insurance and Other Public Benefits

This training focuses on how earnings from work affects SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefits such as subsidized housing and food stamps. 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.

Download the flyer [pdf]

Online

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]

Online

Spring Training Series on Technology

Learn more about this series

March 17, 24, 31 and
April 7
1pm – 3pm

Module 1: Video Technology and Storytelling for Employment Outcomes

Looking for creative ways to spruce up your job development process? Want to think about new ways to highlight the employment stories you are part of? Adjusting to the work world in a physically distance existence? One innovative and fun approach to consider is videos, videos, videos! Join us to learn how you can provide great employment supports integrating technology into your practice. No technology experience is required to participate!

Detailed information on this session

Cost: FREE

Online

April 28,
May 5, 12, and 19
1pm – 3pm

Module 2: Remote, Virtual, & Hybrid Services

Registration will open early April

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.

Cost: FREE

Online

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

Online

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: FREE

Online