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  • 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

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Archived presentations from the June 2019 conference, Employment First: Expanding Job Opportunities and Pathways to Work


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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Current Trainings

January 28, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Building Bridges from CBDS to Employment

Join us for this one-day training, to learn how you can begin to build strong and effective bridges from CBDS to competitive integrated employment. Our presenter, Genni Sasnett will share strategies for CBDS program design that maximum opportunities for participants to explore interests and learn new skills.

Cost: $20

In-Person

Devens Common Center
31 Andrews Parkway
Devens, MA 01434

January 30, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Building Bridges from CBDS to Employment

Join us for this one-day training, to learn how you can begin to build strong and effective bridges from CBDS to competitive integrated employment. Our presenter, Genni Sasnett will share strategies for CBDS program design that maximum opportunities for participants to explore interests and learn new skills.

Cost: $20

In-Person

Holiday Inn Foxboro Mansfield
31 Hampshire Street
Mansfield, MA 02048

February 1-29, 2020
Earnings and Benefits: Using Social Security Work Incentives

This self-paced online 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: $20

Online
March 1-31, 2020
Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning (March 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: $20

Online

April 7 & 8, 2020
8:30-4:00 (EDT)

Building Job Development and Business Engagement (2 Days)

Developing job opportunities and finding the right job match in an ever-changing economic environment places increasing demands on employment professionals. This two-day workshop focuses on understanding employer needs and developing quality job matches. Topics include employer networking; marketing to employers and responding to objections; identifying unmet business needs; dealing with disclosure; and job carving and creation. Individuals registering for this training should plan to attend both days.

Cost: $40

In-Person

Best Western Royal Plaza
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

May 19 & 20, 2020
8:30-4:00 (EDT)

Job Coaching And Support Strategies (2 days)

This two-day workshop focuses on job training and support strategies. Topics include the role of the job coach; natural supports and social inclusion; systematic instruction basics; maintenance and fading; and behavioral support strategies. Individuals registering for this training should plan to attend both days.

Cost: $40

In-Person

Best Western Royal Plaza
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

June 2, 2020
8:30-4:00 (EDT)

Job Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning (1 day)

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: $20

In-Person

Best Western Royal Plaza
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

July 21 & 22, 2020
8:30-4:00 (EDT)

Job Development and Business Engagement (2 Days)

Developing job opportunities and finding the right job match in an ever-changing economic environment places increasing demands on employment professionals. This two-day workshop focuses on understanding employer needs and developing quality job matches. Topics include employer networking; marketing to employers and responding to objections; identifying unmet business needs; dealing with disclosure; and job carving and creation. Individuals registering for this training should plan to attend both days.

Cost: $40

In-Person

Best Western Royal Plaza
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

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: $20

Online