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National APSE Director of Policy and Advocacy Invited to Testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

November 20, 2019

National APSE Director of Policy and Advocacy Invited to Testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about 14(c) and Subminimum Wage for People with Disabilities On November 15, 2019, Julie Christensen, Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) presented testimony about the use of 14(c) certificates and…

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October is National Disability Awareness Month

October 1, 2019

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,…

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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 in an inclusive workforce – APSE is calling for the complete phase out of the use of 14(c) certificates and sub-minimum wage for all individuals with disabilities by 2022. This…

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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 State session.  Representative Noel Frame and Senator Emily Randall introduced companion bills HB 1706 and SB 5753 to end the practice of subminimum wages for people with disabilities. The bills…

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APSE Policy Achievements

APSE’s public policy advocates harness the power of our membership as we work in collaboration with other advocacy organizations, Congress, and the Administration. At the core, our goals are to secure gains already made and to strengthen national policies that improve integrated employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

Over the past 30 years, APSE has pursued specific legislative and policy changes that include:

  • Promoting employment opportunities for all people, through local, regional, and national networks.
  • Placing an Employment First presumption in major disability laws.
  • Advocating for higher reimbursement rates for providers who reach Employment First milestones, incentivizing employment as a services option.
  • Advocating with federal, state, and local policymakers for legislation that promotes integrated employment.
  • Working with federal, state, and local policy makers to increase funding for integrated employment.
  • Raising awareness within the business community of the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
  • Requiring that public programs blend and braid resources on behalf of those with significant disabilities to achieve optimal outcomes.
  • Advocating for social change to help those with disabilities achieve the lifestyles they choose.

APSE’s Legislative Action Center keeps you up to date on the policy changes that could impact Employment First – and provides the tools and tips to make your advocacy easy and effective.


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APSE is the forefront of policy and advocacy on Employment First.

—Carrie O’Connell, Director of Day Work, Employment Service and Transportation, Ability Beyond, Bethel, CT

Employment used to be the quietest voice in the room, but we’re getting louder and need to stay loud. With APSE’s help, we will.

—Kate Travis, Assistant Service Director, Ability Beyond, Bethel, CT