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

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Certified Employment Support Professional™ Credential

Application opens September 1. 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


APSE Conversations: Intersectionality, Disruptive Movements, and the Ongoing Fight for Civil Rights

August 5, 2020

This discussion centers around the many issues we are facing right now. This podcast is the final APSE Virtual Conference Conversation. Led by APSE Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier, APSE National…

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National #HCBS Call-In Day (8/4/20)

August 4, 2020

Contact your Senators Today! Tell Your Senators that #WhatWeNeed in the Next COVID-19 Relief Package in #HCBS Funding! Join us for a call-in day on Tuesday August 4 to push for the…

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Pre-Approval for CESP Continuing Education (CE) is now available!

August 3, 2020

Organizations and training entities providing continuing education may submit their trainings to be pre-approved for CESP Continuing Education (CE) credit. The Pre-Approval page and application provide full details about the…

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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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