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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.
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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Fall 2020 Webinar Series

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

Oct 14, 12:30 PM EST
Oct 28, 12:30 PM EST
Nov 4, 12:30 PM EST
Job Development & Business Engagement Online Training Series

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

Topics include: employer networking, marketing to employers and responding to objections, using social media and other tools to market the job seeker, identifying unmet business needs, dealing with disclosure, and job carving and creation. Staff should attend all 3 sessions to get the most out of this training series. Topical areas will carry-over to next session if needed.

Cost: FREE

Webinar
Wed October 21
9-10am EST
Employer Engagement During Challenging Times Part 2

Dealing with the Impact of the Pandemic: Part 2 of this series will focus on enhancements to existing employer outreach and engagement strategies that can help maintain and strengthen business relationships during the pandemic. Strategies for outreach and conducting employer meetings during COVID-19, and maintaining job seeker focus on employment, will also be discussed.

Cost: FREE

Webinar
Tue November 17
9-10:30am EST
Informed Choice: It’s More Than Just Asking

“Informed choice” is a term that is used a lot in terms of employment services and supports for people with disabilities. But what does it really mean? Attendees at this webinar will learn about strategies that will ensure that individual’s choices in terms of employment are truly “informed”. We will focus in particular on individuals with significant disabilities with limited experience in both employment and choice making, and who may be in the habit of deferring to the wishes of others. A variety of strategies for maximizing informed choice will be discussed, emphasizing experiential activities that inform an individual about the range of employment choices available, use of peer-to-peer supports, and how to address barriers to employment.

Cost: FREE

Webinar
November, 2020
Job Coaching and Teaching Strategies

This training will focus on job training and support strategies. Topics include the role of the job coach, natural supports and social inclusion, systematic instruction, maintenance and fading and behavioral support strategies. This training will be available around the clock (24/7) from November 1 - 30, 2020. It should take about 12 hours to complete. Participation is self-paced and flexible. Included are a variety of formats: readings, presentations, discussion forums, videos, professional development activities, and assignments. An instructor will be available on a regular basis throughout the month to answer questions and give feedback. Instructions for accessing online courses are emailed, usually around a week before the course start date.

Cost: FREE

Online
December, 2020
Discovery and Career Planning Strategies

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. We will also discuss how to use Discovery to engage the job seeker in identifying their vocational goals and maximizing the information you learn about them.

This workshop will be available around the clock (24/7) from December 1 - 31, 2020. It should take about six hours to complete. Participation is self-paced and flexible. Included are a variety of formats: readings, presentations, discussion forums, videos, professional development activities, and assignments. An instructor will be available on a regular basis throughout the month to answer questions and give feedback.

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