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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.


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


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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Current Trainings

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

November 1-30, 2021

Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning

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.

Cost: FREE


December 7 8:30-12
December 8 8:30-12
December 9 8:30-12

This is a three-day training.

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.

Cost: FREE


December 1-31, 2021

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.

Cost: FREE


January 1-31, 2022

When Existing Jobs Don’t Fit: Creative Strategies for a Tough Economy

For many of individuals, the current job postings are not a good job match for a variety of reasons. Now more than ever we need to learn about the employer’s business needs, customize the job match to meet those needs and the unique skills and attributes of the job seeker. This training will discuss how to identify all the skills, abilities and interests of your job seeker, create job seeker tasks lists and identify employers to target based on all the information you have gathered. You will also learn how to negotiate with employers using business strategies and language, write an employment proposal and finalize the job offer

Cost: FREE


Fourth Wednesday of every month


Growing Older : Ourselves and Our Children!

Is your Family Support Center working with older caregivers? Since COVID the notion of Future Planning has been a concern for many families- not only for the aging caregiver but for their adult sons and daughters. Kerry Mahoney from The Arc of Massachusetts will present how the Charting the LifeCourse quick guide to Life Experiences Aging Booklet can help facilitate this discussion and take action.

Monthly Tools in Action webinars take place from 12pm-1pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

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