About APSE

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) is the only national organization focused exclusively on Employment First to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community.

APSE members recognize that everyone has abilities to contribute and their work should be recognized and rewarded with fair pay, creating inclusive workplaces. Employment enriches and adds meaning to every life, and workplaces and communities are enhanced when they embrace differences.

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  • Vision

    All people with disabilities have competitive employment in an inclusive workforce.

  • Mission

    To advance employment equity for people with disabilities.

  • Values

    We believe that everyone can and should work, and have the dignity of determining their career path.

What is Employment First?

Employment First means that employment in the general workforce should be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly-funded systems. 

Simply put, Employment First means real jobs for real wages. 

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News & Updates

Read what’s on the minds of APSE staff, members, and colleagues. Find APSE Podcast episodes and more!


Become a Member

Learn more about our work and the benefits of membership.


Contact Us

Click on the magnifying glass in the lower right corner, or click to reach our: National Team, National Board, State Contacts, or Committees


Become Certified

Learn about the Certified Employment Support Professional™ credential.

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Strategic Partners

APSE is pleased to highlight our strategic partnerships with companies and organizations that support Employment First.



Read about landmark moments of the Employment First movement from the last 30 years.


Financial Information

Go to Guidestar to view the details of APSE’s finances. External link to Guidestar.

Click HERE for APSE's Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report (PDF)

Incredible Numbers

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2020 Virtual Conference Attendees

APSE is committeed to

  • Providing success stories to increase expectations, shatter stereotypes, and create a better understanding about the employment potential of people with disabilities
  • Sharing that supported employment is a well-researched and proven, evidence-based business practice
  • Educating policymakers, by facilitating member outreach and conducting our own, on the need for equal opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace
  • Promoting the role of employment in the transitional youth directly into post-secondary education or competitive employment options
  • Speaking as a unified voice representing human service professionals, people with disabilities, educators, employers, family members and other stakeholders