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Current Trainings

Jan 16th
10:00-11:30 AM EST
Clearing the Way to Employment: How you can collaborate with transition and special education staff as they facilitate career development opportunities for students with disabilities?

With greater interest in early career exploration and preparation, especially as a result of Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act’s Pre-Employment Transition Services, Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) and special education and transition specialists have increased opportunities to collaborate on career development activities.

Webinar
Jan 29, 2019
10:00-11:30 AM EST
Introduction to Community Employment

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar
Feb 19, 2019
1:00–2:30PM EST
Robots are Taking Over! Technology Assists Human Supports to Fade, Opening the Door to Independence

Though smart speakers and robots are not the answer to all of life’s challenges, there are very practical ways we all use technology to be more independent in our lives and in our work. This session will support participants to think about assistive technology when supporting people to reach independence on their employment pathway. Come explore the various types of easy-to-use mobile technology tools employment professionals are using in the field to support their customers. The good news? You are already doing a lot of the work. The next step is to build your toolbox by exploring assistive technology available now. We will discuss various low and high-tech tools including: video resumes and video modeling, task management apps, picture based supports, productivity apps, timers/reminders, text-to-speech tools.

Join the conversation around exciting, emerging technologies and hear stories of how technology is being used throughout the employment process. Attendees will receive an electronic copy of an Assistive Apps lists highlighting mobile apps used on multiple platforms.

Presenter: Ryan Farrow

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Cost: Free

Webinar
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: Free

Online

For in-person events:

Time: 9am–4pm, with registration and networking starting at 8:30am.
Continental breakfast will be provided. Lunch will be on your own.

There is a registration limit of 2 staff per agency for each of the in-person trainings. Additional agency staff can call Berenise Reyes-Albino at 617-287-4314 to be placed on a waitlist.

Certification:

Both the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) and APSE offer certification for employment professionals.

ICI is an approved ACRE training provider. Participants can earn a Basic ACRE Certificate of Achievement in Employment Services if they attend all 6 days of training detailed above, complete additional required fieldwork, and take additional training regarding Social Security Work Incentives.

Anyone interested in this certificate should download and complete the ACRE Participation Agreement Form and fax it to Lara Enein-Donovan at 617-287-4352, or email a scanned copy to lara.eneindonovan@umb.edu.

After you submit your signed agreement, we will email you further information about the fieldwork assignments.

In addition, APSE has established the Employment Support Professional Certification Council to oversee the first national certification program for employment support professionals. To earn the designation of Certified Employment Support Professional, one must pass a national exam. For more information, go to http://www.apse.org/certification/.

General Information

Payment

All payments must be made prior to the start of the training. Payment can be made by check or credit card. Make checks payable to UMass Boston/ICI. All payments are final. If an individual is unable to attend, an alternative trainee may be substituted with three-day notification.

Registration

For in-person trainings, there is a registration limit of 2 staff per agency. Additional agency staff can call Berenise Reyes-Albino at 617-287-4314 to be placed on a wait list in case sessions do not reach capacity.

Registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Participants are strongly encouraged to register online, even if their payment needs to be mailed.

Online workshops

Online workshops will be available around the clock (24/7) during the time that they are scheduled to run. Participation is self-paced and flexible. Included are a variety of formats: readings, presentations, discussion forums, videos, professional development activities, and assignments. An instructor will be available on a regular basis throughout the course to answer questions and give feedback. Registrants will receive login information about 1 week prior to the start date.

Webinar registrants will receive an automated email confirming registration. Reminders will be sent closer to the event date with the webinar URL link and log in instructions.

CEU's

Letters of Attendance will be provided upon request.

Weather Cancellations

In the event of bad weather, a cancellation decision will be made by 6:00 a.m. on the day of the training event, and a recorded message will be left at 617-287-4390 (only if the event is cancelled). CRC Credits will be available for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors who attend training events. Letters of Attendance will also be provided upon request.

Accommodations

All requests for disability related accommodations should be submitted 3 weeks prior to the start of the training.

Requests for accommodations may be made online as part of the registration process.

Contact for questions:
Berenise Reyes-Albino
berenise.albino@umb.edu
617-287-4314


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This training is presented by the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.