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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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Recent Posts from APSE
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
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven leading organizations comprised of Americans with disabilities announced today that they are calling for reform of the AbilityOne Program and set forth seven principles for overhaul of the program, which...read more
Our world is going through so many changes so quickly that it sometimes seems impossible to keep pace. In the past five years, we have seen radical changes in our service system: WIOA’s sweeping attempts to focus on competitive, integrated employment for people with...read more
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
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
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 the...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
Or Are Sheltered Workshops Cheaper to Operate? In this economic climate, vocational programs for adults with disabilities have to compete for the limited funds available. In order to obtain these funds, service providers have to demonstrate the fiscal merits of their...read more
The Department of Justice and State of Rhode Island have reached a “landmark” agreement regarding segregated sheltered workshops and adult day programs. According to the settlement, Rhode Island will provide supported employment placements to approximately 2,000...read more
On Monday, APSE’s Ryley Newport joined fellow members of the Collaboration to Promote Self Determination in a meeting with the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Michael Yudin and his staff to share...read more
As you may know, the House and Senate are in active discussions and may be moving closer to reaching a compromise on language for the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act. APSE’s primary concerns of Section 511 and the move of RSA from the Department of...read more