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Seeking Virtual Conference Presenters

Start Your Presentation Proposal Each session is encouraged to feature advocates and stories of real-live people impacted by the topic covered. Researchers can consider which track within which their research…

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Updates in 2021: Expanding the Certification

The Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP) examination will be offered with testing partner Kryterion. More changes are coming, read what’s ahead for 2021!

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Bridget Hassan

Meet the APSE National Board of Directors. Bridget Hassan has served in many roles, including as North Carolina APSE President, Treasurer, and now Secretary with the APSE National Board. Bridget is passionate about Employment First, the work of talking to legislators, working with Direct Support Professionals, and the CESP credential! Hear her chat with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer including about COVID vaccine releases, CESP credential updates, and more!

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Action Alert: Round 3 COVID-19 Impact Survey

Help Us Tell Congress #WhatWeNeed to Continue to Provide Employment Supports During the COVID-19 Crisis! It is critical that we hear from disability employment service providers so we have current data…

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Connecting with Congress in a Virtual Environment

Topic: Connecting with Congress in a Virtual Environment If you’re looking for the transcript, please use the Zoom version. Meeting Recording:https://zoom.us/rec/share/_ebOBEiU8-XnFv7eKgWTVvMJ0ac260ShX_IwkwtjZzZLeDtB0YJLHD5-pRib89Fr.Uh1wkHLb_CNlyAY6 Otherwise listen in on the podcast to hear from…

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Maya Cox

Meet the APSE National Board of Directors. Maya Cox is our APSE Vice President. She has been featured on the podcast, talking about her work! Hear her chat with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer about their shared work around Professional Development and love for capacity-building, as well as what might come for #EmploymentFirst from the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Wally Talbit

Meet the APSE National Board of Directors. Wally Talbit is our APSE Board of Directors Treasurer, and is known and loved within the #EmploymentFirst field. He can be credited for each year’s APSE Karaoke as DJ and prize giver, and his work around inclusion within Washington State. Wally’s enthusiasm, positivity, and ability to connect to anyone and everyone make him a valued member of the APSE community! Meet Wally as he speaks with APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer.

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Margaret Gilbride

Meet the APSE National Board of Directors. Margaret Gilbride is our APSE Board of Directors President, hailing from New Jersey and also other parts of the country. Margaret’s APSE connections bring back the importance of mentoring, and she talks with APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer about the challenges facing the field of Employment Support Professionals. Plus, you’ll hear her continued focus on APSE’s commitment to training and opportunities for Employment Support Professionals.

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MN APSE Podcast: With the Arc Minnesota’s Public Policy Director

MN APSE’s video podcast will feature stories from people involved in the disability employment community in the state. This episode was released in November 2020, with host Chris Davies is…

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Pamela Grider-Cross

Meet the new APSE National Board of Directors. Pamela Grider-Cross talks about her work on the new APSE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, how she made her way into the #EmploymentFirst field, and her love for coloring. Plus, you’ll never guess her secret talent!

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Jan Dougherty

Meet the new APSE National Board of Directors. Jan Dougherty chats with Erica Belois-Pacer of National APSE. Jan shares how she’s taken up running during the pandemic, how her role as a parent brought her to #EmploymentFirst, and the importance of mentors.

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Duane Shumate

Meet the new APSE National Board of Directors. Duane Shumate is featured in this episode, as he chats with Erica Belois-Pacer of National APSE! Duane shares what he wanted to be growing up, his secret life as a Trivia MC, why he has a passion for #EmploymentFirst, and about his work in the state of Missouri.

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Kie O’Donnell

This podcast is a conversation between Kie O’Donnell of the APSE National Board and Erica Belois-Pacer. Kie is from Rhode Island, and shares his passion for #EmploymentFirst.

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Action Alert: Call your Senators TODAY About HCBS

Tell Congress that We Can’t Wait Any Longer for COVID Relief! Contact your Members of Congress Today! Please continue to reach out to your Members of Congress. They need to…

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Tomorrow is Election Day!

A Message from APSE’s Interim Executive Director 2020 has been a difficult year for a lot of reasons. It’s been a really difficult year for the Employment First movement; it’s…

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