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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

Note: Trainees of "Introduction to Community Employment" can choose to do the online self-paced course (option 1) or the live webinar (option 2).

November 1–30
Earnings and Benefits: Using Social Security Work Incentives (online only)

Many job seekers worry about losing their benefits when going to work. This training provides an overview of how earnings impact Social Security benefits.

Cost: $20

Online
November 29
9:00 AM EST
Community Based Day Supports: Maximizing Individualized Community Participation

This one-day training will focus on building CBDS staff skills and competencies to assist individuals with disabilities to have meaningful experiences in the community informed by their interests and goals. Topics covered include an overview of how employment and day services have evolved & impactful legislation, the role of CBDS staff in supporting more meaningful inclusion, person-centered approaches and discovery to develop a personal profile, informed choice and effectively supporting individuals in the community.

In-Person
December 4-5 2018
9:00 AM EST
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.

Cost: $20

In-Person
Dec 5-6 2018
8:30 AM EST
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.

Cost: FREE

In-Person
Dec 20, 2018
10:00 AM EST
Introduction to Community Employment: December 2018 (option 2)

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Online
Jan 29, 2019
10:00 AM EST
Introduction to Community Employment: January 2019 (option 2)

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Online
Ongoing
Introduction to Community Employment (online) - Option 1

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