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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.

MPTE

The Massachusetts Partnership for Transition on to Employment (MPTE) is a five-year project to improve labor market participation on for youth and young adults served by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

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Current Trainings

Mar 14 & 15, 2019
8:30AM (EDT)
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 foodstamps.

Cost: Free

In-person
March 20, 2019
10:00-11:30AM (EDT)
Massachusetts: Working to Solve the Transportation Challenge

Transportation is often identified as one of the primary barriers to employment for people with disabilities. The good news is that Massachusetts is undertaking a number of efforts to expand options for those who experience transportation challenges. Attendees at this webinar will learn about a variety of strategies for addressing transportation challenges. As part of the webinar, staff from MassMobility will share how they support efforts for expanded transportation options in Massachusetts. Attendees will receive a variety of practical resources. Join us to expand your knowledge of transportation options to support employment success.

Presenters: David Hoff, Institute for Community Inclusion; Rachel Fichtenbaum, Jenna Henning, MassMobility

Cost: Free

Webinar
April 23, 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

in-person
May 15 & 16, 2019
8:30AM (EDT)
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 foodstamps.

Cost: Free

In-person
May 21 & 22, 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

in-person
June 25 & 26, 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

in-person
July 1 - July 31,
2019
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

Online
July 23, 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

in-person
August 1 - August 31,
2019
Job Coaching and Support Strategies

This online course 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: $20

Online
September 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

in-person
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

in-person
November 1 - November 30,
2019
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

Online
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

in-person
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

in-person
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