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Welcome to the Massachusetts 
Employment First E-Newsletter
April 2019 
In this issue... 
  • Conference Registration is Open  
  • Submit a Conference Proposal by May 10 
  • Upcoming Training Opportunities
  • Stay in Touch
Conference Registration is Open

Don't miss the opportunity to learn about promising practices, strategies and resources that you can use as we all work together to expand employment opportunities for individuals served by the Department of Developmental Services in Massachusetts.
The program will feature remarks from Jane Ryder, the DDS Commissioner and a keynote address by Liz Weintraub, Senior Advocacy Specialist for the Association of University Centers on Disability and the host of Tuesdays with Liz.
Breakout sessions will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about best practices for supporting people to go to work, transportation, public benefits, models to support individuals with ASD, federal policy updates and more.
Date: Tuesday, June 11
Time: 9:00 - 4:00
Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, Marlborough
Cost: $50
Go to www.employmentfirstma.org/conference to register and keep up with conference updates.

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Conference attendees talks to two staff exhibitors from MassMATCH at the 2016 conference.

Submit a Conference Proposal
The conference will offer more than 25 breakout sessions. Are you doing innovative work that others can learn from?

We are accepting proposals for breakout sessions that will share innovative and community-based practices that promote integrated employment for individuals served by DDS. We are particularly interested in proposals that focus on one of the following topics:
  •       Employment for individuals with high support needs
  •       Supporting individuals who have challenging behaviors in employment
  •       Employment for individuals with ASD
  •       Transition practices
Learn more and respond today at Call for Presentations. The deadline for submissions is 5:00PM on May 10.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Job Development and Business Engagement (2 days)
Dates: May 22 and 23
Time: 8;30-4
Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, Marlborough
Cost: $40

Developing job opportunities and finding the right job match in an ever-changing economic environment places increasing demands on employment professionals. This two-day workshop focuses on understanding employer needs and developing quality job matches. Register today!
Having a well training and qualified staff leads to better employment outcomes. Check out other upcoming training opportunities at www.employmentfirstma.org.
Stay in Touch
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