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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.


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

Jan 16th
10:00-11:30 AM EST
Clearing the Way to Employment: How you can collaborate with transition and special education staff as they facilitate career development opportunities for students with disabilities?

With greater interest in early career exploration and preparation, especially as a result of Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act’s Pre-Employment Transition Services, Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) and special education and transition specialists have increased opportunities to collaborate on career development activities.

Jan 29, 2019
10:00-11:30 AM EST
Introduction to Community Employment

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

Feb 19, 2019
1:00–2:30PM EST
Robots are Taking Over! Technology Assists Human Supports to Fade, Opening the Door to Independence

Though smart speakers and robots are not the answer to all of life’s challenges, there are very practical ways we all use technology to be more independent in our lives and in our work. This session will support participants to think about assistive technology when supporting people to reach independence on their employment pathway. Come explore the various types of easy-to-use mobile technology tools employment professionals are using in the field to support their customers. The good news? You are already doing a lot of the work. The next step is to build your toolbox by exploring assistive technology available now. We will discuss various low and high-tech tools including: video resumes and video modeling, task management apps, picture based supports, productivity apps, timers/reminders, text-to-speech tools.

Join the conversation around exciting, emerging technologies and hear stories of how technology is being used throughout the employment process. Attendees will receive an electronic copy of an Assistive Apps lists highlighting mobile apps used on multiple platforms.

Presenter: Ryan Farrow

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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