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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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About National and Chapter Events
When I came into this role as APSE’s Executive Director in January, it was inconceivable to me that we would be putting on the national conference in just six months. While much of the groundwork had been laid and much of the planning done, the road ahead was...read more
Recent Posts from APSE
APSE joins with ANCOR and other national disability groups to convey our support for the goals of the final Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in January 2014. Read and/or download the letter...read more
APSE Applauds Senators Grassley, Casey and Wyden for Introducing the Transition to Independence Act, S. 1604
The Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) applauds Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Robert Casey (D-PA) for the introduction of the Transition to Independence Act (S.1604). This legislation would create a ten-state demonstration...read more
APSE signed on with other national disability groups to an amendment that would have allowed ABLE account holders to open an account in any state (as with traditional 529 plans), rather than the state in which the designated beneficiary resides. The amendment was...read more
APSE Applauds WIOA Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID)
Subcommittee reports and recommendations strike the right balance in promoting competitive integrated employment for Americans with disabilities The Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) applauds the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive...read more
Note: The report is posted on the Chimes, Inc. website. See:http://www.chimes.org/news/20150622.htm. Funding for this study is very likely to have influenced the methodology used and conclusions in the published report. This study and the published report was...read more
CMS issued new guidance in terms of heightened scrutiny of state transition plans for use of Medicaid funds aligned with the CMS new settings rules regarding integration. The last question in the guidance specifically gives guidance about states closing the front door...read more
APSE’s public testimony to the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
On Friday January 23rd, Executive Director Allison Wohl, provided APSE’s public testimony to the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. This was APSE’s testimony: My name is Allison Wohl and I am...read more
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...read more
September 25th, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced $14 million in grants to six states to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. The grants have been awarded to California, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota and...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Last week, the House and Senate both returned for a two week work session before the election. We need to urge them to take action on the Disability Treaty (CRPD) before September 23rd or 24th, while the Senate is in session. We are asking for you to let YOUR Senator...read more
On Thursday, August 28, members of APSE, the National Federation of the Blind, the National Council on Independent Living, ADAPT, Little People of America, and TASH participated in a protest outside of the headquarters of SourceAmerica (formerly the National...read more
The National Federation of the Blind has released a great video featuring six children providing their opinions on workers with disabilities getting paid subminimum wages. The video is intended to educate the public on the discrimination people with disabilities face...read more
CMS, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will soon be issuing guidance regarding how Medicaid funds can be used for employment. It’s very important that CMS hear from you! APSE members and all like-minded advocates need to ask CMS to fully support...read more
APSE is pleased to let its members know that President Obama has just signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act and Rehabilitation Act through 2020. Please see the attached bill summary – and stay tuned for...read more
APSE Members: Comments are due this Thursday, July 17th regarding the rules for implementing President Obama’s February 2014 Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. Due to the advocacy efforts of APSE and other...read more
On Wednesday May 21, 2014, agreement on a bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (which includes the Rehabilitation Act) was announced by a key group of Democrats and Republican legislators in the Senate and House, led by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). This...read more