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

Legislative Action Center Alerts

Policy work & advocacy opportunities, including:

Share Your Thoughts TODAY to Support Equal Pay for People with Disabilities!

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is hosting a national online dialogue until June 14th to gather perspectives on Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Input from people with disabilities, families, employment providers and employers is critical. 

CESP News

Updates on CESP™ testing & more:

CESP application opens for December 2019 testing on October 28

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

Many service provider agencies want to change their business model but aren’t sure how to do it. This comprehensive eLearning course provides the best tips and strategies from experts in the field for transformation from a congregate service delivery model to integrated and community-based employment services …

Reaccreditation Awarded to CESP™ Certification

October 18, 2019

The Employment Support Professional Certification Council (ESPCC) announces that the Certified Employment Support Professional™ Certification was awarded it’s 5-year accreditation in August 2019 by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).…

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Updates to Continuing Education Credit Hours and Recertification Process

July 30, 2019

The ESPCC approved updates to the requirements for continuing education (CE) credits for CESP recertification. Credit hour changes have been made to several categories for available activities, as well as…

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CESP™ Exam Development Updates: New Exam Form

July 1, 2019

The Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP) certification is working on regular exam development to create a new exam form. This is part of regular exam maintenance as part of a…

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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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