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June 21-23, 2016
June 20, 2016 – Pre-Conference • June 19-20 – Students for APSE
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza • Cincinnati, OH

Please note: Conference Registration Does NOT include hotel accommodations.

hotelHotel Update: The APSE special conference room rate at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is no longer available. Rooms at the Hilton are still available but at the standard rate. You can book your Hilton hotel room here. For general Hilton Cincinnati hotel inquiries call: 513-421-9100. Please note: we have now also partnered with the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati (located one block away from the Hilton) to offer a special conference rate for APSE registrants. To book your Hyatt Recency Cincinnati hotel room please click here. For general Hyatt Regency Cincinnati inquiries call: 513-579-1234. Please note: while neither hotel offers their own airport shuttle service, both recommend Executive Transportation for shuttle service ($36.00 flat roundtrip rate). For reservations: 1-800-990-8841. 

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See below for more details…

open-quotes“I look forward to the national APSE 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, Co-President of AK APSE Chapter

“The APSE Conference is always an inspiring and energy filled event that leaves me with new ideas to take home.”closed-quotation-marks
Derek Nord, Phd, Associate Director, Research and Training Center on Community Living Research Associate, University of Minnesota

The annual 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.

Based on past conference attendance, we anticipate 1000 registrants this year!  Last year, the APSE Conference brought together representatives from 47 United States and Washington D.C., Canada, Singapore, Japan, China, Saipan, Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Turkey and Finland.

STUDENTS FOR APSE – SUNDAY, JUNE 19 – MONDAY JUNE 20

Students for APSE is a unique, two-day program for high school students with disabilities. The program teaches students career strategies and provides hands-on experiences to prepare them for independence and success in the workplace.

This event is open to high school students in transition, parents & families and transition teachers. The free two day event will include breakout sessions, networking events and engaging keynotes to ensure inclusive employment post high school. Registration is free and limited to 130 participants. Click here to learn more and to register.

PRE-CONFERENCE – MONDAY JUNE 20

Please click here to view a listing of the 6 sessions offered at the Pre-Conference – Monday, June 20th. Please note that separate registration is required for Pre-Conference sessions. Click here for Pre-Conference registration.

CONFERENCE – TUESDAY JUNE 21 – THURSDAY JUNE 23leadership summit

The 2016 National APSE Conference – Soaring to Employment First – features two days of high quality, interactive breakout sessions.  Featured sessions will focus on state-of-the-art practices in integrated employment in the areas of

  • Innovative Practices in Integrated Employment
  • Leadership for the Future
  • Public Policy and Funding
  • Transition from School to Adult Life
  • Family & Self Advocacy and more!

Breakout sessions will be offered in the following variety of styles: traditional topical breakout sessions, APSE & Lightening Talks, moderated panels, Conversations that Matter (short presentations, followed by open discussions) and finally, open space for networking.

Please note: We anticipate pre-approved CRC credits of 16-18 hours for the General Conference.

Conference Schedule

  • Sunday June 19 Students for APSE & Families (SFA) Separate Registration Required
    -11am-8pm Included in Registration: 3 Sessions Lunch & Dinner Networking and evening reception
  • Monday June 20 Students for APSE & Families (SFA)
    -9am-noon Included in Registration: 3 concurrent sessions Continental breakfast
  • CESP Exam -Separate Registration required
  • Preconference -Separate Registration required
    -8am-4pm Included in Registration: 1 or 2 preconference sessions depending on what the individual purchases
    -Chapter Leadership Summit (Invite Only for Chapter Leaders)
    -4:30pm-7pm Included in invitation: Hors D’oeurvres & Cash Bar, Entertainment and Networking
  • Tuesday June 21 General Conference -Day 1
    -8am-7:30pm Included in Registration: Continental Breakfast,  Opening Keynote (Stephen Shedletzky, Founder of InspirAction, and Head Engagement Officer with Simon Sinek’s team at Start With Why), Exhibitors, 11 concurrent sessions x 4,  Evening Reception with Hors D’oeuvres & Cash Bar
  • Wednesday June 22 General Conference-Day 2
    -8am-5pm; 7pm-10pm Included in Registration: Continental Breakfast,  Exhibitors, 12 concurrent sessions x 4. Plated Lunch at Lunch general session, Lunch Keynote (David Michael Mank, Ph.D., Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, and Full Professor in the School of Education), Evening Karoke, Networking with Cash Bar
  • Thursday June 23  General Conference-Day 3
    -8am-noon.  Included in Registration: Continental Breakfast, 12 concurrent sessions x2,  Closing Keynote (Kathy Martinez, Segment Manager, People with Disabilities, Wells Fargo)
CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


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Day One Keynote:  Stephen Shedletzky. As the founder of his company, InspirAction, and Head Engagement Officer with Simon Sinek’s team at Start With Why, Mr. Shedletzky serves those in the movement to inspire and live in service to others. He speaks, leads workshops, consults and coaches to help leaders and organizations discover, articulate and live their “Why”: their driving purpose, cause or belief. Mr. Shedletzky also co-hosts and co-produces the Start With Why Podcast and has worked with leaders internationally.

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Day Two Keynote: David Michael Mank, Ph.D., Dr. Mank is the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) at Indiana University, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, and Full Professor in the School of Education. He was also appointed by DOL Secretary Thomas Perez as the Chair of the  Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive, Integrated Employment of Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID), as mandated in the Workforce and Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Kathy Martinez

Day Three KeynoteKathy Martinez. Ms. Martinez is the Senior Vice President, Disability Market Segment & Strategy, Enterprise Marketing at Wells Fargo. She was the former Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), US Department of Labor (DOL) and also held the position of Executive Director of the World Institute on Disability, Berkley, CA.

 

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS AND SESSIONS

Click Here to Download the Tentative Accepted 2016 Conference Presentation List

CESP™ EXAM OPPORTUNITIES

The Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP™ ) is being offered twice this year at the Hilton-Netherland Plaza-the morning and afternoon of June 20th. Join the elite group of professionals and become CESP™ Certified.

  • Morning Exam:   9am-12pm
  • Afternoon Exam: 1pm-4pm

Please note: Ohio Employment First & National APSE are partnering to offer a limited number of fully-sponsored seats for Ohio residents at the Cincinnati CESP™ exam! The fully-sponsored exam has a value of $159—apply early to ensure you don’t miss this opportunity! Standard application procedure applies. Proof of residency required on exam day. More details can be found on the exam application.

NATIONAL AWARDS

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APSE’s prestigious National Awards will be announced during the all-conference general sessions: Opening Keynote, Luncheon Keynote and Closing Keynote.  Nominees from around the country will be honored and recognized for their work in advancing Employment First!

 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

Please note that the deadline to submit scholarship applications for the National Conference has now passed. Scholarship applicants will be notified by May 6. If you have any inquiries regarding scholarships please email Macey Chovaz.

SPONSORS

Show your support by sponsoring the 2016 National APSE Conference.  Sponsors will be highlighted in pre and post conference communication as well as on signage throughout the event.  Find a sponsorship opportunity that fits you here.

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To our current 2016 Conference Sponsors:

 

EXHIBITORS

exhibitorMarch 24: Please Note – All Exhibit Spaces are Now Sold Out.
To be placed on the waitlist please email Macey Chovaz at macey@apse.org

Approximately 30 Exhibitors from across the country will be showcasing the latest tools, products and research for enhancing and expanding integrated employment.  Attendees will have access to the exhibitors throughout the duration of the conference! There are only 30 Exhibiting spaces available at the Conference. Learn more by clicking here.

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Thank you to our current 2016 Conference Exhibitors:

Deluxe Exhibitors:

Standard Exhibitors:

NETWORKING

The 2016 National APSE Conference will provide space and time for networking for the anticipated 1000 attendees. There is dedicated time during each day of the conference for folks to meet and connect and share.

MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST

Meet and talk with the National Board Members at the annual APSE Membership meeting.  Hear from APSE’s board President, discuss the future of APSE and the yearly report from the Executive Director. This is a great opportunity to engage your APSE Leaders.

KARAOKE

Back by popular demand! Relax and unwind with your fellow attendees at the much coveted evening of APSE Karaoke.  You won’t have to go far, this DO NOT MISS event will take place in the conference space.

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CONFERENCE LOCATION

This year’s 2016 National Conference is being held in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Hilton-Netherland Plaza. The hotel is situated in the heart of what this great city has to offer.

Cincinnati, on the banks of the Ohio River, is the 65th largest city in the United States and perhaps best known for its world-class chili, beautiful bridges, riverboats – and of course baseball!

POINTS OF INTEREST

There are so many sites and attractions to enjoy in Cincinnati. From museums, to sports and parks it’s a city with something for everyone:

  • Cincinnati Museum Center
  • Cincinnati RedsCincinnati skyline panorama.
  • American Sign Museum
  • Riverboats
  • Kings Island
  • and much more

NEARBY AIRPORTS

There are two airports that serve Cincinnati. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is closest to the hotel. You can also fly into the Lunken Airport (LUK).

hotelCONFERENCE HOTEL

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza 35 West Fifth St Cincinnati OH 45202 1-513-421-9100.
Hotel Update: The APSE special conference room rate at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is no longer available. Rooms at the Hilton are still available but at the standard rate. You can book your Hilton hotel room here. For general Hilton Cincinnati hotel inquiries call: 513-421-9100. Please note: we have now also partnered with the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati (located one block away from the Hilton) to offer a special conference rate for APSE registrants. To book your Hyatt Recency Cincinnati hotel room please click here. For general Hyatt Regency Cincinnati hotel inquiries call: 513-579-1234. Please note: while neither hotel offers their own airport shuttle service, both recommend Executive Transportation for shuttle service ($36.00 flat roundtrip rate). For reservations: 1-800-990-8841. 

Have conference questions? Please call: 301-279-0060 or email: macey@apse.org

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  Please note that Conference Registration Does NOT include hotel accommodations.