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ICI COVID-19 Publications & Resources

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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.
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.

July 1 - August 30, 2020
Discovery and Career Planning Strategies (July-August, 2020)

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

July 1 - August 30, 2020
Earnings and Benefits: Using Social Security Work Incentives (July-August)

Many job seekers worry about losing their benefits when going to work. This training will provide an overview of the impact of earnings on Social Security benefits. Topics include the differences between SSI and SSDI, SSA Work Incentives, how to keep medical benefits while working, how to explain benefits to job seekers, families and other stakeholders, and resources available to assist job seekers with benefit planning issues.

Cost: FREE

July 1 - August 30, 2020
Job Coaching and Teaching Strategies (July-August, 2020)

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

July 1-August 31, 2020
When Existing Jobs Don’t Fit: Creative Job Development (July-August, 2020)

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

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