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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 Briefs


Download get the facts brief

Transition to Employment: Get the Facts #1


This fact sheet provides key tips for how to achieve competitive integrated employment even if you need job supports on an ongoing basis.


Related Webinars


For Families and Students

Getting From Here to There: Transportation During the Transition Years

Description:

Join MaryEllen MacRae of Easter Seals Massachusetts and Rachel Fichtenbaum of MassMobility for a discussion of transportation options available to support transition-aged students with disabilities across Massachusetts as they prepare for life beyond the classroom. Participants will learn about transportation services available to people with disabilities in communities around Massachusetts, explore connections between transition-aged youth and transportation opportunities, and gain a greater understanding of how to effectively infuse the topic of transportation when discussing transition goals. We will also highlight creative transportation initiatives around Massachusetts, share a new tool developed by Easter Seals, and feature resources available to individuals, families, and organizations to help solve the transportation puzzle.

Presented by:

Rachel Fichtenbaum joined MassMobility in 2011 as Mobility Information Specialist and became the EOHHS Mobility Manager in 2017. She enjoys traveling around Massachusetts and helping organizations identify and implement best practices and innovative strategies to help seniors, people with disabilities, and others improve their access and mobility. Prior to joining MassMobility, she worked in workforce development. She has a Master of Public Policy in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University. MaryEllen MacRae received a Bachelor of Science from Merrimack College and began her career at Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission as the Turning 22 Coordinator in the Independent Living Division for twelve years. In September 2016, MaryEllen joined the Easter Seals team as the Director of Community Support Services overseeing Transition, Employment and Veterans Programs. MaryEllen also created the newly launched College Navigator Program serving college students with disabilities around the greater Boston area.


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

Planning for the Transition to Adulthood: Applying for SSI and Medicaid (MassHealth)

Description:

As students in special education prepare to enter adulthood, there are several areas that need to be addressed. One of the most important is for individuals with I/DD including Autism who are turning 18 years old to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Join us for this informative presentation which will discuss why applying for SSI and Medicaid is important, the steps you need to take to prepare to apply, and then how to apply for this important benefit.

Presented by:

Karen Mariscal, Esq. is an expert on special needs estate planning, guardianship, and government benefits. Karen has been practicing law for more than 30 years, and is a passionate advocate for people who have special needs, and their parents. As both a lawyer and a SUPPORTbroker, Karen provides families with information, resources, and practical assistance regarding adult day programming, housing, residential options, and supports. A 1984 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude, Karen came by her work as a special needs lawyer naturally, in that she has a severely autistic son, Billy, who is now 26. Pat Nemia, M.A., P.T., is the Project Director of Mass Family Voices/F2F Health Information Center at the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Pat has many years of experience in healthcare as a physical therapist, educator, and administrator. In her role at FCSN, Pat educates and empowers families in health care financing, including MassHealth issues.


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.