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Employment First E-Newsletter
November 2016
Don't miss the upcoming employment conference! 
Registration will close on Monday, Nov. 21 for Building on Success: Expanding Employment Opportunities. Don't miss this exciting conference with over 25 breakout sessions on employment-related topics, as well as a keynote by national employment and community-based support expert Genni Sasnett. The cost is only $50 for the day, including continental breakfast and lunch.

This conference is for DDS staff and providers, as well as individuals, family members, educators, and other state agency personnel. It has been approved for 5 CRC credits. 
CESP exam coming to Massachusetts
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Would you like to become a Certified Employment Support Professional? The CESP exam will be offered on Wednesday, December 14 from 10-1, at Work Inc., 25 Beach Street, Dorchester, MA. The registration deadline is Tuesday, November 29. 
The CESP has been developed for professionals who provide employment services to individuals with a variety of disabilities. For more information, go to http://apse.org/certified-employment-support-professional/
Have questions about public benefits?
The Nuts & Bolts of SSI and SSDI, Public Health Insurance and Other Public Benefits
Offered in person at locations throughout the state, November 2016 - May 2017
Cost:  $250

2016 Red Book Updates Posted
The Social Security 2016 Red Book serves as a general resource about the employment-related provisions of the SSI and SSDI programs. It includes explanations of work incentives, how working can affect benefits, where to find local services, and more.
Social Security now has a link to what's new for 2017. Be sure to check it out. 
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