Massachusetts is an Employment First state, meaning that we're committed to finding integrated jobs for people with developmental disabilities. And many employment professionals in MA want to know more about connecting people to meaningful work in the community.
If that's true for you, we can help.
Check out our new website, EmploymentFirstMA.org! This site supports the implementation of the Blueprint for Success: Employing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Massachusetts.
If your organization provides direct services, and you need tools and resources to develop and support good job matches, we can provide you with the information you need to help your job seekers be successful.
Would you benefit from resources for creative and effective person-centered planning to help with career exploration?
Are you familiar with the 10 key employer questions that job developers should ask to better understand unmet business needs?
Are you up to speed about the wide range of accommodations and assistive technology out there to meet individual needs?
Did you know that an individual receiving Supplemental Security Income can earn up to $39,730 per year--without losing MassHealth Basic coverage?
You'll find all that info and more on EmploymentFirstMA.org.
The site is practical and hands-on. You'll access targeted fact sheets, web links, and useful forms that address the comprehensive span of the employment process, from assessment and planning, to marketing and job placement, to job coaching and accommodations.
You'll also see resources related to long-term supports, employment law, benefits, and public policy. Program managers can explore the site to find transformation tips and learn about organizational change.
Visit regularly to get updates on training opportunities, learn about new promising practices, and explore the tools and resources.