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APSE's Voice – Final Rules on Minimum Wage

They Listened to Us! On Wednesday, the Labor Department announced the final rule raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers. As many APSE members know, APSE strongly advocated for…

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Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order to push Employment First in the State!

On September 17th, New York’s Governor signed an executive order to establish the Employment First Commission, tasked with creating an Employment First policy for New York, which makes competitive, integrated…

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CPSD Issue Brief: Do Work Incentives Support the Transition to Employment for Youth with Significant Disabilities?

For youth with significant disabilities, the preparation for transition from school to adult life requires an examination of the qualifications for financial and health care supports from two different government…

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ABLE Act Update

Photo credit: NDSS The Senate Finance Committee has announced that it had reached a bipartisan agreement to move the ABLE Act, allowing the creation of tax-exempt savings accounts for people…

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Labor Dept. announces $14M grant for Disability Employment Initiative

September 25th, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced $14 million in grants to six states to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities.

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Alert: Senator Harkin Needs Your Help in October!

We need your help in October! On Wednesday, Senator Harkin went onto the Senate floor to ask for a vote for the Disability Treaty.

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US Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Disability and Poverty

On Thursday, September 18th, Senator Harkin held what might be is last disability hearing as a U.S. Senator.

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Alert: The Senate Returns and Needs to Hear From You!

Last week, the House and Senate both returned for a two week work session before the election.

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Subminimum Wage Protest: Disability Advocates Protest SourceAmerica

On Thursday, August 28, members of APSE, the National Federation of the Blind, the National Council on Independent Living, ADAPT, Little People of America, and TASH participated in a protest outside…

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Kids Speak the Truth: Subminimum Wage

The National Federation of the Blind has released a great video featuring six children providing their opinions on workers with disabilities getting paid subminimum wages. The video is intended to…

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Let CMS Know: Employment in the Community is Important!

CMS, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will soon be issuing guidance regarding how Medicaid funds can be used for employment. It’s very important that CMS hear from you!…

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WIA and Rehabilitation Act Reauthorization: It's Done!

APSE is pleased to let its members know that President Obama has just signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act and Rehabilitation Act through 2020….

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In 10 Minutes, You Can Make a Difference

APSE Members: Comments are due this Thursday, July 17th regarding the rules for implementing President Obama’s February 2014 Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per…

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Signing of Employment First

Alaska’s Governor Signs Employment First Legislation

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APSE Public Statement on WIA Reauthorization

On Wednesday May 21, 2014, agreement on a bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (which includes the Rehabilitation Act) was announced by a key group of Democrats and Republican…

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