[APSE's event] was different than any other conference on employment I’ve attended. The information was presented in a way for attendees to choose topics relevant to their own issues...Having the tools “in hand” was a great benefit.

James Keller, Employment Consultant

Certified Employment Support Professional

Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Ohio

"As songwriter Bob Dylan once wrote, 'the times, they are a-changin.” The same can be said for those of us supporting individuals moving toward an employment-focused and community-inclusive life. We are all changing the way we do 'business.' APSE... provided practical ideas and innovative strategies to ignite and motivate continued systems-change efforts." 

Susan I. Davis, CESP 

Program Coordinator 

USC/Center for Disability Resources 


Organizational change is a complex challenge for any business. But for those that provide disability services, transformation is an imperative.

...Outstanding informational sessions. I felt it was one of the best professional conferences that I have been to (and I have been to many). I was blown away by the value that I received professionally from your conference.

Ed Steinberger Director- Detroit Career Center

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit

The Employment First movement is gaining more traction than ever. Federal laws, regulations, and funding shifts have changed the landscape of public supports and services for individuals with disabilities.

These changes mean that the transformation from a congregate service delivery model to integrated and community-based employment services makes sense right now for you and the people you serve. The question is...

What are the best strategies to build capacity for competitive integrated employment in a community setting?

There's a convenient, cost-effective answer to that question...

From Workshops to Workplaces: Achieving the Goals of Employment First is a comprehensive eLearning course developed by the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE). Instructors with practical experience in integrated employment and organizational change will share tips and strategies to carry out a successful transformation.

Professionals like you have already taken advantage of the how-to strategies APSE offers in its informational sessions:

In 13 one-hour sessions, you'll hear experts in the field share what works for:

With the Employment First movement building momentum, now is the time to initiate the changes in your organization to meet federal requirements.

When APSE first shared this course content at an in-person conference, here's what one participant had to say:

  • Communicating change with all stakeholders--from board members and upper management to direct line staff, people with disabilities, and their caregivers and family members. 
  • Funding strategies, including how to support your organization using new funding sources and address financial stability during various phases of transformation.
  • Professional development for every layer of your organization, including how to build capacity in front-line professionals and ensure continuity and effective practices as staff adjusts to support competitive integrated employment.
  • Community-based job coaching and job development, including the best ways to reach out to employers and convey the value of integrated employment.

Other topics include: business strategic planning, legacy real estate planning, informed choice and employment, wrap-around services, and much more.

We've designed our online e-Learning course to provide the information you need in a format geared for your busy professional life:

•    Session contents are chosen for their real-world relevance to the challenges you face at work every day.
•    You can access all 13 modules for a full year in whatever order serves you best--anytime, anywhere, and as many times as you'd like. Learn at your own pace in the timeframe that suits your schedule and needs. No travel budget required!
•    APSE members can access the course for an investment of $300. The non-member price is $350.
•    Have a few people that could benefit from the training? Organizations registering more than one person can register each individual for $300 per participant.
•    Each participant who purchases and completes From Workshops to Workplaces receives a certificate of completion that can be used toward continuing education credits.

    You won't find any other online or in-person course that provides such a wealth of practical information at this level of detail. Your course fee gives you anytime access to all 13 one-hour sessions for a full year.

    The same expertise is now available via the convenience of eLearning.

    Organizational change is a complex challenge, but you don't have to struggle alone. Make the transformation From Workshops to Workplaces with the guidance of fellow professionals who know how to make Employment First reality.

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