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MPTE - Family Engagement

MPTE

One of the 4 focus areas of MPTE is consistent parental and family support for competitive integrated employment. Early and ongoing expectations and support from an individual’s family is critically important for employment and career success.

To accomplish this, MPTE is working to ensure that families have clear and consistent information regarding best practices in employment; that families know how to make the most of the transition process to prepare their family member for career success; and that families are aware of how to use and manage the resources available to support access to competitive integrated employment, both while the individual is in school, and after they leave school.

Related Webinars


For Families and Students

Raising the Bar: Seeing Employment as Part of Our Children’s Future

Presenter: Sean Roy

Employment is an important milestone for youth transitioning into adult life. This is equally true for youth with significant disabilities. This session is designed to help parents see that with high expectations, the right supports, and thoughtful preparation, employment is possible. Success stories will be shared and strategies offered to help youth prepare for employment through chores at home and work experience in the community. Families play a vital role in the transition success of youth with disabilities and this session will help families raise the bar and envision a employment success for their son or daughter.

PRESENTER

Sean Roy is a Training Associate with TransCen Inc. In this position he works to provide training and technical assistance, leading to improved success for youth with disabilities who are transitioning from school into life in the community. Roy is an experienced curriculum developer, writer, trainer and presenter, often being asked to speak to professionals and families about issues of employment, accessing postsecondary education, and promoting family involvement in transition planning. Mr. Roy draws from previous experience as Co-Director of PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment, as well as being a sibling of an adult with autism.


For Professionals and Educators

Partnering with Families: Working Towards Employment Success

Presenter : Sean Roy

Families want what is best for their youth or young adult with a disability. This includes the opportunity to be a part of the community and earn income through employment. Some families may be apprehensive to explore competitive employment, especially if their son or daughter has high support needs. Others may see a future that includes employment, but don’t know how to support their son or daughter in preparing for it. This session will highlight the importance of family involvement in the employment success of youth, while providing strategies for professionals to better engage families in the process. Topics will include understanding the family perspective, addressing apprehension in exploring community-based employment, and strategies for helping families play a key role in career readiness and the job search.

PRESENTER

Sean Roy is a Training Associate with TransCen Inc. In this position he works to provide training and technical assistance, leading to improved success for youth with disabilities who are transitioning from school into life in the community. Roy is an experienced curriculum developer, writer, trainer and presenter, often being asked to speak to professionals and families about issues of employment, accessing postsecondary education, and promoting family involvement in transition planning. Mr. Roy draws from previous experience as Co-Director of PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment, as well as being a sibling of an adult with autism.


School-Related Issues

Helping Your Child to Lead: Student-Driven Secondary Transition Webinar

Presenters: Amanda Green and Martha Daigle

Presented by Amanda Green (Secondary Transition Coordinator) and Martha Daigle (Family Engagement Coordinator) from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


Turning 18

Autonomy, Decision Making Supports, and Guardianship

Presenter: Attorney Fred Misilo

What are your options? How do you evaluate the support your child may need as they enter adulthood? Fred Misilo leads this training on guardianship, alternatives to guardianship and other “coming of age” related issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

PRESENTER

Frederick M. Misilo, Jr. is an attorney who concentrates his practice in special needs planning, elder law, trust and estate administration and service advocacy. Mr. Misilo is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. Attorney Misilo has been deeply involved in disability issues throughout his career. Mr. Misilo worked in progressively responsible positions in community based services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mr. Misilo is also a Vice President of The Arc of The United States, Inc., and Chair of The Arc’s Public Policy and Positions Committee.