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Registration for the 2017 APSE National Conference

The National APSE Conference is the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of Employment First.


The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Conference brings together more than 1,000 community leaders, businesses, and individuals with disabilities from across the country and around the world to network and discuss state-of-the-art strategies to ensure equitable employment for all citizens with disabilities. Join us and take advantage of:


  • Education and networking opportunities
  • 2 On-Site CESP™ Exam Opportunities
  • Pre-conference sessions followed by 2.5 days of more than 100 high quality, interactive breakout sessions by national experts
  • Dozens of Exhibitors
  • National Awards

June 19, 2017 - Pre Conference

June 19, 2017 - Students and Families for APSE

June 20-22, 2017 - General Conference

Portland, Oregon Marriott Downtown Waterfront


Closing Keynote Speaker: Wally Tablit is the current Vice President of Employment Services with AtWork! in Washington State. Wally is a recognized leader in the field of Supported Employment with over 18 years experience working with people with disabilities. He is known as a strong collaborator and colleague among employment providers. An energetic and motivating leader, Wally’s enduring passion to cultivate and build highly efficient teams fuels his efforts to nurture and mentor the next generation of leaders. Wally is involved with many key projects and strategies to help successfully implement the Employment First movement. Wally currently serves as President of Washington State APSE.


Wally believes everyone should have a place in their community, a mission for their life, and a signature theme song.

Monday, June 19th

Student and Families for APSE


8am-9am: Continental Breakfast

9am-10:00am: Opening Keynote & Welcome

10:15am-noon: Concurrent Breakout sessions in 3 tracks                        

  • Track 1: For Students in Transition Services                         
  • Track 2: For Parents/Family members of Students receiving Transition Services                         
  • Track 3: For Transition Services Personnel

noon-1:30pm: Extended Luncheon & Networking 

1:30pm-3:30pm: Concurrent Breakout sessions in 3 tracks                       

  • Track 1: For Students in Transition Services                        
  • Track 2: For Parents/Family members of Students receiving Transition Services                        
  • Track 3: For Transition Services Personnel 

3:45pm-4:30pm: Closing Keynote


Monday, June 19th

Preconference


9am-noon: 3 Concurrent Preconference Sessions

1pm-4pm: 3 Concurrent Preconference Sessions

9am-4pm: 2 CESP Exams

4:30pm-7pm: Chapter Leadership Summit (invite only)  

  • Awarding: Rebecca McDonald and Wendy Wood Award


Tuesday, June 20th

2017 National APSE Conference

Day 1: General Conference


7am-5pm: Exhibiting

7am-8am: Continental Breakfast

8am-9:30am: Opening Session: APSE Welcome, Followed by the Keynote then Awarding: APSE Professional Award, APSE Best Practice Organization Award, APSE Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award, Dave Hammis Innovation Award

9:45am-11am: 10-12 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

11:20am-12:20am: 10-12 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

12:20-2pm: Lunch on your own

2:15pm-3:30pm: 10-12 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:50pm-5:05pm: 10-12 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

5:30pm-7pm: Welcome Reception


Wednesday, June 21st

2017 National APSE Conference

Day 2: General Conference


7am-5pm: Exhibiting

7am-8am: Continental Breakfast

8am-9am: APSE Membership Meeting (APSE Members only)

9:15am-10:30am: 10-12 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

10:50-12:05pm: 10-12 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

12:05-2pm: Luncheon, Keynote and Awarding: APSE Employer Awards, Personal Achievement Award, Got Mike! Educational Leadership Award

2:15pm-3:30pm: 10-12 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:50pm-5:05pm: 10-12 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

7pm-11pm: APSE Karaoke (in the hotel)


Thursday, June 22nd

National APSE Conference

Day 3: General Conference


7:30am-8:30am: Continental Breakfast

8:30am-9:30am: 10-12 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

9:45am-10:45am: 10-12 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

11am-Noon: Closing Remarks and Keynote

Conference Agenda

Opening Keynote Speaker: Senator Sara Gelser began her service in the Oregon House of Representatives in 2005 and was sworn into the Oregon State Senate in 2016. She currently chairs the Senate Human Services Committee.  Her legislative efforts have focused on serving vulnerable and low income populations, with a special emphasis on education, sexual and domestic violence, child abuse, and foster and incarcerated youth.  Her legislative accomplishments include the modernization of Oregon’s rape statute, the prohibition of the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools, and legislation to improve Oregon’s child welfare system.  In 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Sara to serve on the National Council on Disability, and the appointment was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the US Senate.  Prior to her legislative service, Sara worked for the Oregon Department of Human Services and she taught parent education courses through Linn Benton Community College. Sara received her BA from Earlham College, and an MAIS from Oregon State University.

Wednesday luncheon keynote will be provided by:


Hotel Information

Overlooking the Willamette River, this polished downtown hotel is within 0.5 miles of both Portland State University and the Oregon Historical Society. 


Bright, standard rooms are accented with local artwork and feature flat-screens with premium channels, Wi-Fi , coffeemakers, desks with ergonomic chairs, down comforters and granite countertops. Suites add views of the river, living rooms, iPod docks and private balconies. Room service is available.


The hotel serves a full breakfast and has a fitness facility, a bistro and lounge, a business center and over 44,000 sq ft of flexible meeting/event space.

If you receive Comprehensive Waiver funded supports through the K-Plan, 

you might be able to attend the event at no charge! 

Students & Families for APSE 2017 will take place on June 19th 2017 in Portland OR! This event is open to High School students in Transition, Parents& Families and Transition Teachers. Join us for a full day event including breakout sessions, networking events and engaging keynotes to ensure inclusive employment post high school!


Event schedule for Monday, June 19th, 2017:


8am-9am: Continental Breakfast

9am-10:00am: Opening Keynote & Welcome

10:15am-noon: Concurrent Breakout sessions in 3 tracks.                        

  • Track 1: For Students in Transition Services                         
  • Track 2: For Parents/Family members of Students receiving Transition Services                         
  • Track 3: For Transition Services Personnel 

noon-1:30pm: Extended Luncheon & Networking

1:30pm-3:30pm: Concurrent Breakout sessions in 3 tracks.                    

  • Track 1: For Students in Transition Services                        
  • Track 2: For Parents/Family members of Students receiving Transition Services                        
  • Track 3: For Transition Services Personnel

3:45pm-4:30pm: Closing Keynote 

Students & Families for APSE Conference

Meet our Gold Sponsors

Reach the right people in the right place by securing your sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities today!


If you have questions about exhibiting and/or sponsoring the 2017 APSE National Conference please contact Macey Chovaz at (301) 279-0060 or macey@apse.org.



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Please complete and return this application to Macey Chovaz at macey@apse.org.

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