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Did you recently obtain your ACRE Certificate?

If you received your ACRE Certificate through a different organization than Maine Working Together or College of Employment Service/ICI please email a copy of the certificate and we will add you to our Registry List.

Did you miss one of our webinars?

Do you need Professional Educator Credits or Employment Specialist hours? Access and watch any of the recorded webinars. For each webinar you watch, you can receive a letter of completion documenting one hour of professional development earned. Register and access the recordings on our Canvas online learning system.


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The Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston (ICI) coordinates the implementation of Maine's Employment Services Workforce Development System (EWDS).

The ICI will work with the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) at the University of Maine to support efforts to develop a strong employment workforce in the state of Maine. The Maine Working Together project will provide training, resources, and assistance to Maine employment services providers, individuals with disabilities, family members, and other collaborating team members to ensure that individualized community employment is available to everyone.

Employment First Maine Part 1

Learn about Employment First, and why it is important to Maine

Are you interested in supporting individuals with disabilities to reach their employment goals?

Watch these videos to learn about various jobs in the field of employment services (select “direct support professional” in the search option).

Upcoming Trainings & Events

Select event for more information. This is a MWT sponsored training Denotes a Maine Working Together event.
University of Maine Farmington ACRE Employment Specialist Training
$varies Online

Students take 2 college courses, REH 270- Fundamentals of Vocational Counseling and Placement and REH 271 - Applied Techniques of the Vocational Process.

  • Classes are online asynchronous.
  • The curriculum is ACRE certified and the completion of the course results in the student being enrolled on the national registry for the Basic Employment Specialist Certificate.
  • Grant money is available to pay for one of the two classes.
  • The courses are being offered January 16th through May 5th. and Summer of 2024.
  • This opportunity is part of a grant and the grant pays for one of the two classes.

Once a student has filled out the "intent to participate"  through Educational Outreach, they can apply for the grant funds for one of the two required classes. The application is here:


Once the student is enrolled, has applied for funds, and has participated in the course through the add/drop period they will receive the funds for one of the ES courses on their account.

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Recruit, Cultivate and Retain - Leadership Series
$750 Virtual platform

Recruit, Cultivate and Retain (RCR) is a leadership series designed for mid-level managers working in employment and community inclusion service provider agencies. By joining RCR, you will have the opportunity to develop immediately usable skills for developing your own career and promoting increased job satisfaction for staff you manage. In community with other program managers, we will re-energize, create solutions to complex problems and share expertise.


  • Learn strategies for recruiting, developing and retaining staff
  • Increase your leadership skills as a manager and leader
  • Develop a plan for advancing your career
  • Hone systems and processes for developing staff into leadership positions
  • Connect with other leaders that are managing employment and day services
  • Deepen and develop relationships across organizations in your community

For more information and to register go to

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All About Disability Rights Maine: Deaf Service Conference This is a MWT sponsored training
$15-$45 University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive Augusta, ME 04330

Welcome to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference: Resilience & Success! Join DRM on Friday, June 7th at the University of Maine at Augusta for a day centered on empowerment. This event is designed to celebrate the resilience and success of individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Learn from experts in the field, participate in workshops, and connect with others in the community. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be a part of something special. See you there!

More information for organizations that are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring this event can be found on DRM's website!

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APSE National Conference 2024
$Varies Charlotte, North Carolina

APSE's national conference will be in North Carolina in 2024. The theme is Navigating Tomorrow Together. They are accepting presentation proposals until Feb 16, 2024. Early bird registration closes on 3/31/24. For more details and information to register go the registration link.

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Creative Strategies for Showcasing Job Seekers Beyond Traditional Resumes This is a MWT sponsored training
$Free Zoom

Have you noticed that a resume isn’t always the best tool to highlight a job seeker’s potential? In fact, traditional resumes can often leave employers with more questions and hesitations. What can employment professionals do instead?

Join our upcoming webinar to:

  • learn how to creatively represent job seekers with disabilities to employers
  • discover how to leverage visual and video resumes to showcase positive work attributes effectively
  • explore customized employment strategies that not only meet business’s needs but empower job seekers

This webinar is for employment professionals and educators assisting people with disabilities to participate in career exploration and find competitive jobs. You will receive 1 hour of professional development for attending.

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FREE Online ACRE Employment Specialist Training This is a MWT sponsored training
$FREE Online Learning Platform

Join us for this unique, instructor-supported online training to become a Certified Employment Specialist. The courses and fieldwork are all available online 24/7 and there is no traveling required. Select "ACRE training" on the registration form.

Log in and complete the work at your convenience. There are three required scheduled webinars to enhance your learning experience and network with other professionals in the group. Instructors are available during the training to answer any of your questions and support you in completing the required work. We provide ample time to complete all the required courses through the College of Employment Services and to submit your fieldwork assignments. You can pace yourself and finish as early in the training as you would like but you must complete all the work by September 30, 2024. You will receive your ACRE certificate as soon as you complete all the work.

Required Zoom webinars (ASL Interpreters will be provided for all webinars):

Monday July 1, 10:00-11:00am — Training Overview and Orientation

Tuesday August 6, 10:00-11:100am — Fieldwork Discussion

Monday September 30, 10:00-11:00am — Implementing ACRE Best Practices

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Assisting Individuals with Complex Needs in Employment This is a MWT sponsored training
$FREE zoom

Have you ever met a job seeker with complex support needs and wondered how you could help them succeed at work?  Have you felt inadequately prepared to assist someone on your caseload with feeding support needs, behavioral challenges, limited personal safety awareness, or other complexities?

Although individuals with high support needs may present unique challenges, there are strategies you can use to ensure all job seekers have what they need to thrive in the workforce.

Join this free webinar to explore these strategies as well as steps you can take throughout the employment process to pave the way toward on-the-job success and satisfaction. In this webinar, we will:

  • share approaches to identifying and implementing work-related supports
  • discuss the benefits of a strengths-based approach to employment
  • review placement support planning
  • highlight best practices through anecdotes and success stories

This webinar is for professionals providing employment support for people with disabilities, including employment specialists, job coaches, counselors, and/or transition staff. Earn 1 hour of professional development for attending.

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Supporting Individuals with Autism in the Workplace This is a MWT sponsored training
$FREE zoom

Individuals with autism bring valuable and unique assets to the workplace, yet supporting the specific and often complex needs of clients with autism can be challenging for employers. How can employment professionals and educators support the sensory, communication, social, and mental health needs of autistic job seekers while engaging their strengths in the workplace? How can practitioners ensure that job placements are well-matched to mutually benefit the preferences and needs of job seekers and employers?

This in-depth training will include discussion of common characteristics of autism and their potential impact on employment, strategies to facilitate independence, self-management, and self-advocacy throughout the employment process, examples of practical workplace accommodations, and much more. Questions about this training should be directed to

This training is appropriate for employment professionals and educators assisting people with autism on their employment journey and provides three hours of professional development.

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Fading Supports in the Workplace Training This is a MWT sponsored training
$FREE Zoom

Critical to the success of individuals with disabilities in employment is successful fading and maximizing the use of natural supports. This FREE training will include why fading and natural supports are important for people with disabilities, programs that support them, and businesses that hire them. You will learn how to identify and use natural supports at the jobsite, when and how to implement systematic instruction and task analysis, and how to build the independence and confidence of the individual in the workplace. The training is appropriate for anyone providing support services to individuals and students with disabilities. Earn 5 hours of professional development time.

Location: Zoom. (Zoom link will is sent via email with registration confirmation)

For more information, contact

Accommodation request deadline: Must be received by Friday August 30, 2024

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