APSE believes in Employment First

Real jobs for real pay for all people with disabilities.

Employment First Is

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Inclusion

People with disabilities have a right to jobs in an inclusive workplace and fair pay.

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Fair Pay

Real work for real pay. People with disabilities should be paid competitively.

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Dignity

Everyone can and should have the opportunity to work and choose a career path.

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Advocacy

APSE and its members advocate for policies and practices that advance the goals of Employment First.

Advocacy & Professional Development Updates

Legislative Action Center Alerts

Timely updates on important federal policy and guidance on advocacy, including APSE Policy Alerts

 

 

Certified Employment Support Professional™ Credential

The application is closed until January 2021. Employment support professionals (ESPs) can earn their Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP) credential.

Professionals that have demonstrated a sufficient level of knowledge and skill to provide integrated employment services to a variety of populations.

Click to go to the CESP™ Directory

 

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Pamela Grider-Cross

November 24, 2020

Meet the new APSE National Board of Directors. Pamela Grider-Cross talks about her work on the new APSE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, how she made her way into the #EmploymentFirst field, and her love for coloring. Plus, you’ll never guess her secret talent!

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Jan Dougherty

November 20, 2020

Meet the new APSE National Board of Directors. Jan Dougherty chats with Erica Belois-Pacer of National APSE. Jan shares how she’s taken up running during the pandemic, how her role as a parent brought her to #EmploymentFirst, and the importance of mentors.

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Duane Shumate

November 20, 2020

Meet the new APSE National Board of Directors. Duane Shumate is featured in this episode, as he chats with Erica Belois-Pacer of National APSE! Duane shares what he wanted to be growing up, his secret life as a Trivia MC, why he has a passion for #EmploymentFirst, and about his work in the state of Missouri.

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APSE in Your Community

APSE — the Association of People Supporting Employment First

  • 3,000+ members and growing national non-profit membership organization
  • Chapters in 39 states and the District of Columbia, with members from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and several foreign countries
  • Members include individuals with disabilities, families, disability professionals, and businesses
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APSE Established 1988

The only national organization to focus exclusively on inclusive employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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