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2018 National Conference

Thank you for an amazing 2018 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.

What Does Employment First Mean?

Employment First means that employment in the general workforce should be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly funded systems. Simply put, Employment First means real jobs, real wages. Employment in the general workforce means regular jobs like everyone else in society; in typical work settings, working side-by-side with people without disabilities, earning regular wages and benefits and being part of the economic mainstream of our society. APSE supports Employment First to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community.

Why Should I Attend?

The APSE National Conference is the largest event for inclusive employment. The event attracts key influencers and stakeholders representing employers, communities, agencies, and services. APSE members are the very people and organizations impacted by Employment First; citizens with disabilities and their families, universities, rehabilitation counselors, agency personnel, and service providers. The National Conference is designed to provide actionable ideas, state-of-the-art programming, as well as tools, solutions, and technologies that will empower you to take back directly to your business, home and community to impact change. Come ready to learn, network, and do!

 

What Have Others Said about Attending an APSE Conference

"I look forward to the APSE National Conference each year because it’s nice to meet people from all over the USA who share my passion for Employment First. As an individual with a disability who has been employed for over 36 years, I know that competitive and integrated employment works and makes a big difference in a person’s quality of life. The APSE National Conference helps me learn new things that I can then bring back to Alaska to grow our chapter and our work in advancing real jobs and real wages for individuals with disabilities.”
- Lucy Odden

"Attending the National APSE conference gives you an opportunity to network with others around the county who are working to support Employment First and full inclusion in communities. It is a great time to learn and share innovative approaches that you can take back and implement in your community. There are a variety of presentation tracks that meet a variety of personal and professional interests. I personally have enjoyed the Students and Families for APSE pre-session as it promotes self-advocacy and inclusive employment opportunities for transition-aged students."
- Heather Lindsey



For 29 years, APSE has been the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. APSE is a national nonprofit membership organization, founded in 1988 as the Association of People Supporting Employment First! The National APSE Conference brings together businesses, individuals with disabilities and community leaders from across the country and around the world to network and discuss state-of-the-art strategies to ensure equitable employment for citizens with disabilities.

Thank you to our 2018 Corporate Sponsors!

Therap logo on yellow background.Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Wells Fargo logo - gold text in red box.

Thank you to our 2018 State Chapter Sponsors!

Each year, APSE honors individuals, organizations and employers for their individual and collective contribution to Employment First. At the 29th Annual National APSE Conference: “Imagination Drives Transformation," nominees and award winners were recognized for excelling in the following Award Categories:

The Professional Award

The Professional Award recognizes an individual for outstanding state-of-the-art practices and professional achievements in Employment First as a job coach, job developer, employment specialist, or other agency personnel.

The 2018 nominees include:
Sherri Negri
Genni Sasnett
Derek Arnold
Merrick Egber
Abby Taylor
Margaret Hooper

The winner of the 2018 Professional Award is Genni Sasnett.

APSE Board President Heidi Maghan, Award Winner Genni Sasnett, and APSE Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier.

APSE Board President Heidi Maghan, Award Winner Genni Sasnett, and APSE Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier.

The Organizational Best Practice Award

The Organization Best Practice Award recognizes an organization for outstanding accomplishments in promoting state-of-the-art practices in Employment First.

The 2018 nominees include:
Capabilities, Inc.
Florida Center for Inclusive Communities

The winner of the 2018 Organizational Best Practice Award is Florida Center for Inclusive Communities.

APSE Board President Heidi Maghan, Award Winner Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, and APSE Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier.

APSE Employer Award - Large & Small

The two APSE Employer Awards for both Large (50+ employees) and Small (less than 50 employees) aim to recognize employers in the public and private sectors for outstanding achievements in advancing Employment First.

The 2018 nominees for the Employer Award (Less than 50 Employees) include:
Parkway Pizza - St Louis Park, MN
Wendy's, St. Petersburg and Seminole, FL

The winner of the 2018 Employer Award (Less than 50 Employees) is Parkway Pizza, owner Ben Crow.

APSE Board President Heidi Maghan, Award Winner Parkway Pizza (Owner Ben Crow pictured), and APSE Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier.



The 2018 nominees for the Employer Award (More than 50 Employees) include:
Cintas - Mason, OH
RUSH University Medical Center - Chicago, IL
Philadelphia International Airport - Philadelphia, PA
Staybridge Suites - Plainfield, IN
St. Mark Village - Palm Harbor, FL

The winner of the 2018 Employer Award (More than 50 Employees) is RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

 

APSE Board President Heidi Maghan, Award Winner RUSH Medical Center Representative, and APSE Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier.

APSE Personal Achievement Award - Citizen with a Disability

The APSE Personal Achievement Award recognizes an individual's personal achievement, through integrated employment or self-employment. Note that the nominee must be an individual who experiences a disability.

The 2018 nominees for the Personal Achievement Award include:
Deb Arguello
Bryce Clayton
Dale Ellis
Joey Hanson
Patricia Mills
Christopher (Cody) Missimer
Stirling Peebles
Yulia Reynolds
Brian Simpson

The winner of the 2018 Personal Achievement Award is Bryce Clayton.

APSE Board President Heidi Maghan, Award Winner Bryce Clayton, and APSE Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier.

Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award

The Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award distinguishes an individual who has excelled in grassroots advocacy to ensure that local, state and/or federal policies meet the goal increasing Employment First. The Public Policy Advocate of the Year is someone who inspires others to make a difference by engaging with elected officials and key stakeholders in discussions to promote policies that support the mission of Employment First!

The 2018 Nominees for the Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award include:
John Cannon
Margaret Hooper

The winner of the 2018 Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award is John Cannon.

Wendy M. Wood Award

Wendy M. Wood is the founding Executive Director of APSE. To begin this organization took great vision, effort, determination and risk.

To honor her contribution to this organization and to the overall field of supported employment and Employment First, APSE’s Board of Directors established this award. The Wendy M. Wood Award recognizes emerging leaders in developing a vision and creating action toward full inclusion of citizens with disabilities in our society.

The 2018 Nominees for the Wendy M. Wood Award include:
Andrea Consigny
Nancy Eaby

The winner of the 2018 Wendy M. Wood Award is Nancy Eaby.

APSE Board President Heidi Maghan, Award Winner Nancy Eaby, and APSE Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier.

Dave Hammis Innovation Award

Dave Hammis was an incredible innovator in the field of community employment. His creativity and fresh approach to supporting individuals in integrated jobs-whether in a business or through self-employment inspired many of us to see beyond the realities of what we thought possible. To honor his contributions to this organization and to the overall field of supported employment, APSE has established this award.

To honor Dave’s contributions to APSE and Employment First, this award is offered to individuals or organizations who demonstrate innovation in the area of technology, customized strategies, and/or self-employment for individuals with significant disabilities.

The 2018 Nominees for the Dave Hammis Innovation Award include:
Steve Blanks
Beth Keeton

The 2018 Winner of the Dave Hammis Innovation Award is Beth Keeton.

APSE Board President Heidi Maghan, Award Winner Beth Keeton, and APSE Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier.

“Got Mike!” Fund Educational Leadership Award

Dr. Michael McAllister was a tireless advocate regarding employment for all people and a dedicated APSE friend. He was a true lover of life and inspired others to find and follow their dreams. The “Got Mike!” Fund was created in his honor to perpetuate these passions and zest for life, and to help increase opportunities for others to live fully regardless of issues of disabilities they may have. This award has been established to continue his quest for educational advancement.

To honor Dr. McAllister’s contributions to the advancement of integrated employment and the ongoing educational advancement of professionals interested in the field. We continue his legacy by honoring a graduate student (masters or doctoral) whose leadership and commitment toward integrated employment is outstanding, passionate, and furthering the inclusion of all people in the world of work. Award winners will receive $1,000.

The winner of the 2018 "Got Mike!" Educational Leadership Award is Deveney Ching.

APSE Board President Heidi Maghan, APSE Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier, Award Winner Deveney Ching, Michelle Sparling and Joe Murphy from Networks for Training.

APSE Rebecca McDonald Award for … State Chapter Leader

Rebecca McDonald was a tireless advocate for supported employment and dedicated friend and promoter of APSE. She passed away in August of 1999 after a long and valiant struggle with breast cancer. She was one of supported employment’s greatest advocates, serving APSE in various ways for 11 years. She was the organization’s founding Vice-President, served as its President for three years, and was an officer for the APSE Foundation until a few months before her death. Rebecca deeply believed in the principles APSE was founded upon, and she supported and encouraged others to give and share resources to make those principles a reality.

To honor Rebecca’s contributions to APSE and the employment of people with disabilities, this award is offered to APSE chapter leaders who demonstrate exceptional leadership, tireless volunteerism and extraordinary commitment to the mission and vision of APSE in their work with their state chapters.

The winner of the 2018 Rebecca McDonald Award is Susan Voirol.

APSE Board President Heidi Maghan, Board Member Chaz Nickolaus, Award Winner Susan Voirol, and APSE Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier.

So, now that you've attended the APSE National Conference, what comes next? We want you to continue building the relationships you created at the conference, continue discussions across states, and share information!



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Where can I find presentation slides and handouts?

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Presentation slides and handouts are uploaded to the conference app once they are received from presenters.

Simply open the app on your phone, tablet, or computer and go to "Sessions." Search for the session you want to download slides or handouts for. Scroll down to "Resources" where you will see an option to select "Handouts" if handouts are available.

You are then able to take notes on the handout, download the handout to that device, or email the handout to yourself.

When sharing slides or resources, please ensure that you cite the original presenter(s) for content/slides.

Where can I find contact information of other attendees or exhibitors?

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Continuing the networking from the conference is easy!

Simply open the app on your phone, tablet, or computer and go to "Attendees, "Exhibitors," or "Presenters" tab. Unsure where the person you're searching for will be listed? Simply use the magnifying glass search function to search by name.

If they are an Attendee:

On their profile, click the 'handshake' picture on the left side. Send them an email through the app messaging. You do not need a location/meeting time to send a message.

If they are an Exhibitor:

Their website, address, and phone number should be listed for each exhibitor. Please contact exhibitors directly.

If they are a Presenter:

Most presenters do not have contact information in their bio, however some do. You can look at the "Attendees" list and see if the presenter has an attendee profile. Use the same 'handshake' on the left side to send a message directly.

How do I earn continuing education credit for attending the conference?

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Emails have been sent to conference attendees with documentation for continuing education (CE) credit. If you did not receive your email, please email membership@apse.org to request your documentation.

Your specific hours are based on your registration and attendance. Please do not share these certificates with others, as they are intended solely for the recipient. Sharing would violate the code of ethics for both the CRC and CESP.

Please note that the certificate(s) provided are considered acceptable documentation by both the CRC and CESP. The 2018 APSE National Conference is a pre-approved program for both CRC and CESP. The conference may be eligible for other programs requiring continuing education.

How/where do I learn about how the app works?

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I sat for the CESP exam, when will I get my results?

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Test scoring and processing takes approximately 6-8 weeks. After scores have been reported, candidates will receive a results letter and score report. Results are sent via US Mail and are not released electronically or over the phone. Candidates are encouraged to report ANY change to contact information including email address, mailing address and phone number. New CESP™ certificants will receive their certificate 2-4 weeks after results notification.

Where and when is the 2019 APSE National Conference?

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The 2019 APSE Conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. Pre-conference will be June 17, 2019. The conference is June 18-20, 2019.

The call for proposals for the 2019 conference go out in late 2018. Please keep an eye out for future communications!
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