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.

A man with a disability works in a shop, a woman is paying by credit card.

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 opens June 29 for August 2020 testing. 

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 #WeAreEssential

May 21, 2020

As we head into the holiday weekend, it’s a great time to remind Members of Congress that people with disabilities and the direct supports service system are essential and need…

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APSE Conversations: Jenny and Kelly

May 19, 2020

In this APSE conversation, Executive Director Jenny Stonemeier talks with Kelly Nye-Lengerman, APSE National Board member and researcher in the area of effective practices for employment support professionals. Jenny and…

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Announcing the Winners of National APSE Board of Directors Election

April 23, 2020

Join Us in Welcoming The Newly Elected & Re-elected 2020 National APSE Board of Directors We want to thank everyone that took the time to run for the 2020 National…

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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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