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APSE Position Papers

APSE staff and members have developed a number of products for supported employment providers, consumers, and employers. You are welcome to use our publications to expand equitable employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  If you would like to help support APSE’s misson, please consider joining APSE or make a tax-deductible donation to the APSE Foundation.

APSE Take Your Legislator to Work Day Campaign Toolkit (April 2014)

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, National APSE and our APSE State Chapters will be conducting a state-led Take Your Legislator to Work Day campaign. The objective of this campaign is to raise awareness and the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities and the belieft that employment and careers should be the expected and preferred outcomces of all publicly funded services for individuals with disabilites, i.e. Employment First! Essentially, we want to show our state legislators “Real Jobs with Real Wages!”

2014 Take Your Legislator to Work Day Toolkit

APSE WIA Title V: Suggested Additional Language (September 2013)

APSE Staff and Public Policy Committee have created some suggested legislative language for Title V of the proposed WIA Reauthorization of 2013. Our hope is that these changes will provide a strong alternative to Section 511.

APSE – WIA Title V – Suggested Additional Language

APSE Fact Sheet: Transition (April 2013)

APSE Staff and Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs have created a fact sheet on transition services including our principles and recommendations for strengthening transition policies.

APSE Fact Sheet: Transition

APSE Statement on Employment First (October 2010)

Employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred outcome in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.

APSE Employment First Statement

APSE Position on Sub-Minimum Wage (October 2009)

The Executive Board of APSE is calling for the complete phase out of sub-minimum wage for all individuals with disabilities by the end of 2014. In calling for phase out of sub-minimum wage, APSE recognizes the importance of undertaking such action in a way that is carefully thought out, and leads to movement of individuals currently being paid sub-minimum wage into individual, integrated employment opportunities paying minimum wage or higher, and avoiding unintended consequences that would not only damage efforts to expand community employment, but result in actual loss of rights and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to full integration and inclusion in society. The full statement provides detailed background information on the sub-minimum wage, and APSE’s rationale for taking this position.

APSE Subminimum Wage Statement

APSE White Paper on Employment First (October 2009)

In order to advance the growing national momentum to focus on integrated employment as the desired outcome for citizens with disabilities, the Board of Directors of APSE recently established a strategic objective to support and promote the Employment First movement throughout the United States. The purpose of this paper is to identify the fundamental principles of an effective state or local initiative. The principles identified in this paper are built upon practical experiences and track records of several Employment First projects operating successfully around the country.

APSE Employment First White Paper

Supported Employment Competencies (2010)

These competencies are based on the work of APSE’s various workgroups on certification, quality indicators, and competencies; involving the volunteer efforts of several people: Karen Flippo, Pat Rogan, Tammara Geary, Debra Martin Luecking, Pat Keul, Tom Harrison, Brenda Harvey, Dale Dutton, Renee Drouet, Bob Niemiec, Rebecca McDonald, Sue Killam, Linda Quinn, Dale DiLeo, Rob Hoffman, and the New Jersey APSE Chapter.

Supported Employment Competencies PDF

APSE Position on Olmstead and Supported Employment (1999)

In 1999, the Association for Persons in Supported Employment issued a call for action to reverse the wide practice in this country of segregated “employment” for adults with high support needs. APSE is not alone in publicly stating that individuals with disabilities must be protected from unnecessary isolation.

APSE Position on Olmstead and Supported Employment PDF

Toward Integrated Employment for All: APSE’s Position on Segregated Services for People with Disabilities (1999)

We have reached a crisis in the unemployment and underemployment of people with high support needs who are considered to have the most severe disabilities. Supported employment, while not yet fully realizing its potential, offers by far the best opportunities for employment and a career for individuals most at risk of living life without a job.

APSE’s Position on Segregated Services for People with Disabilities PDF

APSE’s Position Statement on Segregated Services: A Background Paper for Advocates (January 2000)

The Association of Persons in Supported Employment has issued a position statement on segregated services for people with disabilities. The statement calls for several actions, including a national review of outcomes produced by sheltered workshops and a freeze on the funding of segregated services. The following document explains key components of the position statement.

Background Paper on Segregated Services PDF

APSE Ethical Guidelines For Professionals in Supported Employment (1998)

Contribution in the community as a valued, interdependent member occurs when human dignity is respected and opportunities are provided for each individual to pursue their unique path of development and fulfillment. While paid human service professionals cannot create inclusive communities, they can positively impact their emergence and growth. For trainers of staff in supported employment, these basic human principles should be considered.

Ethical Guidelines PDF

APSE Supported Employment Quality Indicators (March 2000)

These quality indicators have been developed through the efforts of several people who have volunteered, at various times, to be part of APSE’s Quality Indicators Work Groups: Karen Flippo, Pat Keul, Tom Harrison, Debra Martin Petty, Brenda Harvey, Dale Dutton, Renee Drouet, Bob Niemiec, Rebecca McDonald, Sue Killam, Pat Rogan, Tammara Geary, Linda Quinn, Dale DiLeo, Rob Hoffman, and the New Jersey APSE Chapter. This final version was compiled by Pat Rogan in March 2000.

National APSE is the largest professional advocacy organization in the country representing supported employment (SE) and the individuals served in SE. Supported Employment has grown significantly in the past decade, involving approximately 150,000 individuals with disabilities. This document represents an effort by national APSE to articulate quality indicators of individualized and integrated Supported Employment. These quality indicators were designed to complement APSE’s Ethical Guidelines for Professionals in Supported Employment.

Quality Indicators PDF