One of the 4 focus areas of MPTE is systematic development of self-determination and self-advocacy skills for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with a focus on employment.
To accomplish this, MPTE is focusing on development of guidelines and materials to ensure that all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities fully understand their rights and responsibilities regarding employment, how to prepare in school for successful employment as adult, and how to advocate for employment assistance and supports that will result in a career that is reflective of their individual skills, interests, and choices.
In plain language, The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has an Employment First Policy. What does this mean for you if you receive adult services from DDS?
In plain language for self-advocates!
Tips and links to resources for educators working with transition-age students
Tips and links in plain language for people with disabilities on how they can advocate for themselves.