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

Education 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 will open October 26 for December testing. 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

 

“Despite the scary and worrisome nature of the COVID-19 virus, Roberto has maintained his extremely friendly and caring nature with his coworkers and the residents of the center, making his workplace feel like a safe and positive home environment.” Click to read Roberto’s story!

Roberto (Florida) – NDEAM2020

October 23, 2020

Meet Roberto (Florida)! “Despite the scary and worrisome nature of the COVID-19 virus, Roberto has maintained his extremely friendly and caring nature with his coworkers and the residents of the…

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“Kenneth has thrived in this position, even more so during this pandemic because having this job shows him that he truly matters. His job has brought him new life, and a greater sense of significance.” Click to read Kenneth’s story!

Kenneth (California) – NDEAM2020

October 21, 2020

Meet Kenneth (California)! “Kenneth has thrived in this position, even more so during this pandemic because having this job shows him that he truly matters. His job has brought him…

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“Berani is extremely happy to be bringing home a respectable paycheck and have many benefits from her employer.” Click to read Berani’s story!

Berani (Florida) – NDEAM2020

October 20, 2020

Meet Berani (Florida)! “Berani is extremely happy to be bringing home a respectable paycheck and have many benefits from her employer.” Download the PDF BERANI’S STORY: Berani is employed by…

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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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