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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.

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2022

9:30-10:30am EDT

The 30-Day Placement Plan: Putting the Career Plan into Action

Customized career planning is a crucial process for finding meaningful and fulfilling careers for individuals. How can employment professionals stay organized and keep stakeholders working toward the job seeker’s career goals? Utilizing a 30-day placement plan is a great option. This webinar discusses the components of a 30-day placement plan, when and why to implement one, and how to keep stakeholders engaged in the process. The practical strategies shared by the presenters are immediately relevant to employment professionals and help provide structure and direction for job seekers. Sample case studies are included, and questions from participants are welcome.

Presenters Lara Enein and Kelly Wanzer from the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

Cost: FREE


December 1, 2022
January 13, 2023

The Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning

This course 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


Foundations of Community Employment

This course is a great starting point for new staff to gain a solid foundation for their work in the field and for current staff to build on the skills and knowledge they already have. Staff will get an overview of the past and present community employment, understand the social, political, and economic changes leading to the ex- pansion of opportunities for individuals with disabilities and learn how to collaborate with team stakeholders

Please contact Lara Enein at lara.enein@umb.edu with any questions.

Cost: FREE