APSE believes in Employment First

Real jobs for real pay for all people with disabilities.

Employment First Is

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

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

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Certified Employment Support Professional™ Credential

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Professionals certified as Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP)  have demonstrated a sufficient level of knowledge and skill to provide integrated employment services to a variety of populations.

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Bridget Hassan

January 15, 2021

Meet the APSE National Board of Directors. Bridget Hassan has served in many roles, including as North Carolina APSE President, Treasurer, and now Secretary with the APSE National Board. Bridget is passionate about Employment First, the work of talking to legislators, working with Direct Support Professionals, and the CESP credential! Hear her chat with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer including about COVID vaccine releases, CESP credential updates, and more!

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Action Alert: Round 3 COVID-19 Impact Survey

January 13, 2021

Help Us Tell Congress #WhatWeNeed to Continue to Provide Employment Supports During the COVID-19 Crisis! It is critical that we hear from disability employment service providers so we have current data…

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Seeking Virtual Conference Presenters

January 12, 2021

Start Your Presentation Proposal Each session is encouraged to feature advocates and stories of real-live people impacted by the topic covered. Researchers can consider which track within which their research…

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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.