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Special Initiatives

Alliance for Full Participation (AFP) Employment First, Employment Now Project

The Alliance for Full Participation (AFP), a consortium of national organizations in the developmental disability community, has awarded a two-year national cooperative agreement to APSE in support of the AFP’s employment vision of doubling the number of people with developmental disabilities in integrated employment by 2015.

The major activities of this project are to educate and inform relevant audiences and stakeholders on a national level, support state team activities, and to compile state-based data to report on the status of inclusive employment in the US.  APSE will also support existing state teams and the development of new teams.

“The cost-benefit planning that APSE plans to integrate into their project will be a powerful tool. Having hard return-on-investment data could be the tipping factor for systems change,” said board member Lisa Burck of NADSP.  Board member Jim Gardner of CQL affirmed that “ASPE has a clear strategy to connect local chapter expertise with state team needs in a manner that would develop personal connections and networks.”

The Alliance for Full Participation was founded in 2003 by a consortium of national organizations in the developmental disability community.  In 2005, the AFP hosted a national summit on the theme of Many Voices, One Vision.  In 2011 with the addition of a number of new national partners, a second national summit, Real Jobs–It’s Everyone’s Business, was held. This conference followed several years of work by teams representing multiple stakeholders working in their states to double the number of people with developmental disabilities in integrated employment by 2015.