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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

Policy work & advocacy opportunities, including:

Share Your Thoughts TODAY to Support Equal Pay for People with Disabilities!

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is hosting a national online dialogue until June 14th to gather perspectives on Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Input from people with disabilities, families, employment providers and employers is critical. 

CESP News

CESPEligibility application opens Dec 30 for Feb 2020 testing. Deadline Jan 27.

The Employment Support Professional Certification Council (ESPCC) is looking for individuals who are interested in participating with the ESPCC through either serving on a committee or helping with examination development. More here.

Recertification committee seeks input about a pre-approval process for continuing education (CE) credits. Survey here.

Find a practice test from the Professional Development committee here.

Need more resources or have questions about the certification? You can find answers on the FAQ page here.

Education Updates

Diverse learning experiences, including:

From Workshops to Workplaces: Achieving the Goals of Employment First

Many service provider agencies want to change their business model but aren’t sure how to do it. This comprehensive eLearning course provides the best tips and strategies from experts in the field for transformation from a congregate service delivery model to integrated and community-based employment services …

Recertification Committee Seeks Input through 1/9

December 11, 2019

Your voice is important! If you are a CESP: manager, trainer, or professional, please complete this brief questionnaire to help value this potential advancement to the ease of recertification.

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Call for State APSE Chapters to Support Competitive, Integrated Employment

November 22, 2019

National APSE signed a letter addressed to the Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Shultz of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). The letter opposes the opening Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)…

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National APSE Director of Policy and Advocacy Invited to Testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

November 20, 2019

National APSE Director of Policy and Advocacy Invited to Testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about 14(c) and Subminimum Wage for People with Disabilities On November 15, 2019,…

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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

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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