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The Perfect Storm of Opportunity

by Allison Wohl, APSE Executive Director

One of the many reasons that I wanted to join the APSE national team just over a year ago is that I realized that there were a number of distinct and strong movements that were developing that seemed to be converging at a national level. A perfect storm of opportunity to fully achieve competitive integrated employment was clearly on the horizon.

The Tide is Turning

by Allison Wohl, APSE Executive Director

“Progress,” Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is fond of saying, “does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability.” This is certainly true when we talk about employment for Americans with disabilities. It would seem to be inevitable that in 2015, with so many movements demanding economic equality and social inclusion for groups that have been left out of the mainstream, people with disabilities would be part of that tide lifting all boats. But why has it taken so long to get to this point, when the outcome data and government dollars for supported employment were available 20 years ago?

Change is Hard

Our world is going through so many changes so quickly that it sometimes seems impossible to keep pace. In the past five years, we have seen radical changes in our service system: WIOA’s sweeping attempts to focus on competitive, integrated employment for people with...