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Upcoming Webinars

Interested in learning more about becoming CESP™ certified? Register today for APSE’s Free Monthly CESP™Informational Webinar. 

  • Learn about certification, accreditation and their benefits
  • Review the development of the CESP™ certification exam
  • Review exam eligibility requirements
  • Learn how to prepare for the exam
  • Find out what to do before, during and after the exam
Next Webinar: Tuesday, February 21st: 3:00-4:00 pm EST. 
Questions? Please email Cassy Davis

Attention Current CESP™ professionals! Interested in learning more about how easy it is to recertify?  Register today for APSE’s new Free Monthly CESP™ Re-Certification Informational Webinar.

The CESP™ Certification is valid for a 3-year period, during which time the CESP™ certificant must demonstrate a commitment to professional development through participation in continuing education credits. Certificants become eligible to complete their recertification application up to six months prior to its date of expiration. Recently, APSE has updated the CESP renewal process by offering the recertification application online.

This webinar will cover:
  • Renewal Criteria and Timelines
  • Renewal Application Process
  • Benefits of Renewal

Next Webinar: Tuesday, February 28: 3:00-4:00 pm EST.
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Questions? Please email Cassy Davis


Person Centered Thinking for Goodness of Job Fit
February 22, 2017: 2:30-4:00pm EST
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Person centered planning is under the spotlight again with the HCBS Final Rule and WIOA. How do employment providers include person centered planning in job development? This webinar will provide a practical review and discussion of how person centered thinking supports well prepared job developers and job seekers in matching preferred work tasks and environments, thereby increasing job retention. Various person centered planning and functional vocational approaches will be briefly reviewed.

Presenters: Sherry Beamer
Sherry Beamer has worked to support people with disabilities to lead quality, empowered lives for over 30 years in a variety of direct service, case management and leadership positions throughout the country. She has been involved in employment services since the Supported Employment national rollout in 1985. Sherry also consulted for over 15 years assisting organizations with change initiatives that resulted in more people with disabilities working and becoming participating members of their communities through person centered approaches. Sherry holds a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Illinois Chicago. Sherry has led as the APSE California Chapter President since 2014.


Organizational Change: Communication Strategies for your Board of Directors and Senior Management
Monday, February 27, 2017: 2:00-3:30 pm EST.
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Communication is the most essential element in closing your sheltered workshop. Communicating early and often with each of your stakeholders to make sure they are well informed is vital.  This webinar will provide strategies on how best to communicate the change within your organization to your Board of Directors and Senior level management.  In this session, hear first-hand from Ability Beyond, a provider from Bethel, CT, about how they kept communication at the forefront of their project while closing their sheltered workshop in 2005.  You will leave with real life examples, tips, advice, tools, and recommendations on how to successfully communicate when, why and how you will be closing your workshop to make the transition quicker smoother, and as efficient as possible.

Presenters: Carrie O’Connell and Kate Travis.
Carrie O’Connell has been employed by Ability Beyond Disability for the past 17 years and currently serves as Director of Employment, Day Supports, and Transportation Services. Ms. O’Connell earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Sciences from Western Connecticut State University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University. She is also CESP (Certified Employment Support Professional and ACRE(Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) certified. She is the Co-President of the Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Persons through Supported Employment (APSE), and a member of the state of Connecticut’s Employment Steering Committee. Ms O’Connell has spoken nationally on such topics as School to Work Transition, how to assist an agency to Close its Sheltered Workshop, and on Corporate Disability Employment models, such as Roses for Autism, and Disability Solutions.

Kate Travis joined the Ability Beyond team over 13 years ago and has held many different roles within the agency, primarily focused on Employment Services. In her current role as Assistant Services Director, Ms. Travis has been responsible for significant expansion of agency services as well as the development of new programs to meet the needs of the growing number of individuals served by Ability Beyond. Ms. Travis is a graduate of Tulane University and holds a National Certification in Employment Services as well as being a Certified Employment Support Professional. She currently serves on the CT State Rehabilitation Council and is chair the Business Partnership Committee, is an elected member of the Northwest Regional Mental Health Board and is a member of the Catchment Area Council 21, as well as serving on the board of the CT of APSE as the Chapter Co-President.


Medicaid: Possible Changes and Impact on Employment and Supports for People with Disabilities
Wednesday, March 8, 2017: 2:30-4:00 pm EST
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Ten million people in the United States rely on Medicaid, not only for health insurance, but also for a wide range of additional services and supports, including assistance in successfully finding and maintaining employment. Various proposals are being considered in Congress to make major changes in Medicaid. With over 40% of Medicaid going to supports for persons with disabilities, these changes could potentially have a major impact not only on individuals themselves, but the service providers and service systems individuals rely on for assistance. At this webinar, attendees will be provided an overview of Medicaid, and the importance of Medicaid in allowing individuals to live and work successfully in the community. This will include a focus on the role of Medicaid in employment success, including funding of employment supports. The webinar will then discuss proposals for capping the amount of Medicaid funding from the federal government through block grants or individual caps on benefits, and what the potential impact of this could be, including major cuts in services. Attendees will then learn about actions that can be taken to advocate and ensure sufficient funding of health care, services and supports for individuals with disabilities via Medicaid is maintained.

Presenter: David Hoff
David Hoff has an extensive background in working with public systems and community agencies to enhance employment outcomes for people with disabilities. He has done work across the United States and internationally, providing technical assistance and training on effective practices in human services and workforce development. David regularly presents on a range of employment-related topics to policymakers, practitioners, people with disabilities, and family members, at various forums. A primary focus of his work is on organizational and systems change to improve employment outcomes, with a particular emphasis on public policies and their impact on the lives of people with disabilities. Along with his work with public disability agencies, much of David’s work is focused on enhancing the ability of the general workforce development system to serve people with disabilities. David is a Past President of APSE, and current Co-Chair of the APSE Public Policy Committee.


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APSE is proud to partner with The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) to offer a series of FREE Employment First webinars.

Check back soon for information about the 4th webinar.

Listen to the first three webinars in the series:

June 2016 Webinar. Funding and Support for Competitive Integrated Employment
This third of five webinars focused on funding streams to support Employment First efforts and creating an infrastructure to provide competitive integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The session focused on how Medicaid funding, state developmental disability services, and foundation and charitable funding can create and sustain competitive integrated employment opportunities. Participants heard directly from state developmental disability department personnel, providers, and foundation leaders who have and are continuing to work to create the opportunities for competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. Click here to listen to the webinar.

March 2016 Webinar. Success Stories: What is Possible in the World of Employment First?  This second of five webinars provided participants with three examples of Employment First practices from around the country. These rural, urban, and suburban examples will highlight programs that have helped people with a wide range of disabilities, from intellectual to mental health disabilities, from complex physical to sensory disabilities, to move from no work or limited work to competitive integrated employment. Participants heard directly from service providers, researchers, policy makers, and people with disabilities. Click here to listen to the webinar.

December 2015 Webinar. This session covered the history and context of the Employment First initiative and how it fits into the goals of people with disabilities and their families.  Click here to listen to the webinar.


Looking for past webinars? Visit our Archived Webinars page for a list of webinars available for purchase.

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