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“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…

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HCBS Settings Advocacy Abridged

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HCBS Setting Rules Setting Advocacy

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WIOA State Plan Status

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), states are required to submit a plan to the US Department of Labor by April 1, 2016. (This date has been extended from the original due date of March 3, 2016.) Each state is required to issue a draft plan for...

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WIOA Plan Review Guide

By David Hoff Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston   Overview The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Obama in July 2014. WIOA is the legislation that authorizes six...

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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?

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APSE 14C Information Collection Comments

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Legislative News

Employment First Policy approved by the MN Olmstead Sub-Cabinet

Press Release: Employment First Policy approved by the MN Olmstead Sub-Cabinet It is with great pleasure that MN APSE announces the approval of an Employment First Policy by the MN Olmstead Sub-Cabinet on September 29, 2014.  The approval of this policy is culmination...

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APSE’s Voice – Final Rules on Minimum Wage

They Listened to Us! On Wednesday, the Labor Department announced the final rule raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers. As many APSE members know, APSE strongly advocated for the inclusion of people with disabilities within the President's Executive...

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ABLE Act Update

Photo credit: NDSS The Senate Finance Committee has announced that it had reached a bipartisan agreement to move the ABLE Act, allowing the creation of tax-exempt savings accounts for people with disabilities. Congress is expected to move forward on the bill after it...

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Alert: Senator Harkin Needs Your Help in October!

We need your help in October! On Wednesday, Senator Harkin went onto the Senate floor to ask for a vote for the Disability Treaty. Unfortunately, he was opposed by Senator Mike Lee of Utah, and a vote was not taken. The Senate recesses THIS Friday, and will return...

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US Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Disability and Poverty

On Thursday, September 18th, Senator Harkin held what might be is last disability hearing as a U.S. Senator. The hearing was entitled "Fulfilling the Promise: Overcoming Persistent Barriers to Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities" and featured a...

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Alert: The Senate Returns and Needs to Hear From You!

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Kids Speak the Truth: Subminimum Wage

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Let CMS Know: Employment in the Community is Important!

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