APSE believes in Employment First

Real jobs for real pay for all people with disabilities.

Advocacy & Professional Development Updates

Events and Learning

Are you a business leader looking to hire or recruit employees with disabilities?

APSE offers SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Recertification Credit for online learning.

Legislative Action Center Alerts

Timely updates on important federal policy and guidance on advocacy, including APSE Policy Alerts. Find resources:



Certified Employment Support Professional™ Credential

Professionals certified as Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP)  have demonstrated a sufficient level of knowledge and skill to provide integrated employment services to a variety of populations.

“I always have believed in myself and knew I could do anything I want if I put my mind to it.”

Shannon (Washington) – NDEAM2021

October 22, 2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Shannon (Washington)! Shannon is new to the field of employment supports, working out of the Northwest Center in Spokane. She has a background in Special Education and shares her experience with having a disability herself impacts her work.

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NCCA Accredited program, CESP, and APSE logo.

CESP Credential Updates: Volunteer and Participate

October 20, 2021

Interested in learning more about the CESP credential? Join as a volunteer for a Committee in 2022!

Are you a state funder? Join us for 10/26 our last state focused roundtable during October 2021!

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Don't let your disability define what you can do.

Brianna (Maryland) – NDEAM2021

October 19, 2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Brianna (Maryland)! She works at Kennedy Krieger in Maryland, and shares her employment story with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer.

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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.