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.

Advocacy & Professional Development Updates

Legislative Action Center Alerts

Policy work & advocacy opportunities



CESPEligibility application open until May 26 for June 2020 testing. April 2020 testing postponed.

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
- Financial Literacy: Increasing Your Knowledge to Take Charge of Your Finances
- Online Webinars 

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Increase HCBS Funding

March 30, 2020

COVID-19: What Was Included in Package #3? Thank you for your advocacy in support of the COVID-19 Stimulus Package #3, which was signed into law late last week! This was a…

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APSE Statement on Employment First During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 30, 2020

APSE is a national, member-based organization dedicated to the goal of improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Our members include supported workers, supported employment professionals (including job coaches and…

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APSE Podcast: Employment First, Employment For All

March 26, 2020

Transcript: Hi, this is Jenny Stonemeier with APSE. We’re launching the APSE: Employment First, Employment for All Podcast to continue to provide updates, real-time advocacy alerts, and information related to…

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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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