Action Alerts

October is National Disability Awareness Month

National Disability Awareness Month

There are many opportunities for APSE members and state chapters to get involved!

  • APSE will be sharing stories of competitive, integrated employment (CIE) from across the country via social media throughout the month of October. Our goal is to have at least one story to share from every state, telling stories about transition from school, day habilitation and/or "sheltered workshops," and sharing examples of customized employment leading to CIE.
  • APSE will be educating and advocating in support of proposed legislation that advances the goals of Employment First. We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the Harkin Institute in the development of an NDEAM Advocacy Resource Sheet to help advocates engage with their Members of Congress in October.


What can you do NOW?
  • Send a CIE success story and photo from your state to to be included in the NDEAM campaign.
  • Share the NDEAM Advocacy Resource Sheet with your network and encourage advocates to get involved - particularly during the first two weeks of October, when your Members of Congress will be home in their states/districts.
How can you get involved in October during NDEAM?
  • Re-post APSE success stories on your own social media channels.
  • Tag National APSE on your own NDEAM posts throughout the month.
  • Call, tweet and/or meet with your Members of Congress and tell them why their support of Employment First and competitive, integrated employment is so important (our NDEAM Advocacy Resource Sheet is a helpful guide for talking points and questions you can ask).


Advocacy in Action

Every day is an opportunity to engage in policy and advocacy and promote Employment First!

Ways to engage:

  • Call your state legislators and/or members of Congress (U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or Google the phone number for your local office)
    • Provide your name and city/state where you live
    • Briefly share your thoughts on the issues that matter to you
    • Share your personal stories
    • Additional talking points on the policy priorities of APSE are available on our website.
  • Send a Tweet or a Facebook Message to your members.

Advocacy in Action

Read below to learn about APSE's latest accomplishments surrounding public policy and advocacy. 

Call to Phase Out 14(c) and Subminimum Wage by 2022

April 18, 2019

As the only national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to Employment First – a vision that all people with disabilities have a right to competitive employment…

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E1 Executive Order Signed in NC

March 29, 2019

On March 28, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 92 – “Employment First for North Carolinians with Disabilities.” The EO can be viewed…

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Washington State Looks to End Subminimum Wage

February 27, 2019

Advocates in Washington State have been working to end Subminimum wage for people with disabilities by helping create and supporting legislation in the 2019 Washington…

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Subminimum Wage Hearing in Oregon

February 22, 2019

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, members of the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition (OSAC) – including APSE National Board Member, Ross Ryan – testified before the…

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