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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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These rules are an important step forward in federal policy, supporting inclusion and integration of people with disabilities in the community. They build on decades of disability policy, including major federal legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act,...read more
Home and community based services (HCBS) provide opportunities for Medicaid participants to receive services in their own home and in the broader community. These programs provide services to a variety of populations, including people with mental illnesses,...read more
The process for states to come into compliance with the new Medicaid home and community based services (HCBS) settings rules is ongoing, and involvement from advocates remains important. The HCBS rules require all HCBS settings (residential and non-residential)...read more
This Q&A provides an overview of the requirements of 2014 federal rules that any setting receiving Medicaid home and community based services (HCBS) funding must have certain community qualities and not be institutional in nature. It also covers when a setting...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Wells Fargo Brings Holiday Cheer to Four Nonprofits Supporting People with Disabilities; Donates $450,000
December 17, 2015. Business Wire SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced that it has donated $450,000 to four key nonprofits that help empower people with disabilities to succeed financially. Grant recipients include National...read more
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?read more
This story, written by Cyndi O'Bannon, Fruits of Employment (FOE) Disability Consultant*, illustrates the company's initiative to employ individuals with autism and other disabilities at competitive agricultural sites. APSE's HR Connect (offering consultation services...read more
APSE joined with other national groups in a letter to CMS as a follow-up to meetings where implementation of the Home and Community-Based (HCBS) state transition plans were discussed. Our coalition of disability and aging advocates has been working hard to ensure that...read more
APSE’s Public Testimony to the Advisory Committee in Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
By Alison Wohl, APSE Executive Director My name is Allison Wohl and I am the Executive Director of the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE). APSE is the only national membership organization focused exclusively on integrated employment with 39...read more
By Allison Wohl, October 5, 2015 APSE, the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst is pleased to provide comments on the proposed revisions to the information collection pertaining to special employment standards under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In...read more
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...read more
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...read more
On September 17th, New York’s Governor signed an executive order to establish the Employment First Commission, tasked with creating an Employment First policy for New York, which makes competitive, integrated employment the first option when considering supports and...read more
CPSD Issue Brief: Do Work Incentives Support the Transition to Employment for Youth with Significant Disabilities?
For youth with significant disabilities, the preparation for transition from school to adult life requires an examination of the qualifications for financial and health care supports from two different government programs funded through the Social Security...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