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The Tide is Turning

by Allison Wohl, APSE Executive Director

“Progress,” Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is fond of saying, “does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability.” This is certainly true when we talk about employment for Americans with disabilities. It would seem to be inevitable that in 2015, with so many movements demanding economic equality and social inclusion for groups that have been left out of the mainstream, people with disabilities would be part of that tide lifting all boats. But why has it taken so long to get to this point, when the outcome data and government dollars for supported employment were available 20 years ago?

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Fruits of Employment (FOE): A Farm Manager's Journey Through Disability

This story, written by Cyndi O’Bannon, Fruits of Employment (FOE) Disability Consultant*, illustrates the company’s initiative to employ individuals with autism and other disabilities at competitive agricultural sites. APSE’s HR…

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APSE Joins with Other National Disability Groups in Letter to CMS

APSE joined with other national groups in a letter to CMS as a follow-up to meetings where implementation of the Home and Community-Based (HCBS) state transition plans were discussed. Our…

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APSE’s Public Testimony to the Advisory Committee in Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

By Alison Wohl, APSE Executive Director My name is Allison Wohl and I am the Executive Director of the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE). APSE is the only national…

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APSE 14C Information Collection Comments

By Allison Wohl, October 5, 2015 APSE, the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst is pleased to provide comments on the proposed revisions to the information collection pertaining to special employment…

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APSE Joins Other Leading Organizations for Reform of AbilityOne Program

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Seven leading organizations comprised of Americans with disabilities announced today that they are calling for reform of the AbilityOne Program and set forth seven…

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Change is Hard

Our world is going through so many changes so quickly that it sometimes seems impossible to keep pace. In the past five years, we have seen radical changes in our…

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National HSBC Rule Letter: Joining In Support

APSE joins with ANCOR and other national disability groups to convey our support for the goals of the final Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) rule issued by the Centers…

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APSE Applauds Senators Grassley, Casey and Wyden for Introducing the Transition to Independence Act, S. 1604

The Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) applauds Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Robert Casey (D-PA) for the introduction of the Transition to Independence Act (S.1604). This…

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Justice for All: Improving Employment Programs for Workers with Disabilities

APSE signs onto a joint statement from the Labor and Disability Communities urging the Obama administration to take necessary steps toward modernizing federal employment programs for people with disabilities. Read…

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ABLE Letter to Senator Burr State Residency Amendment

APSE signed on with other national disability groups to an amendment that would have allowed ABLE account holders to open an account in any state (as with traditional 529 plans),…

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APSE Applauds WIOA Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID)

Subcommittee reports and recommendations strike the right balance in promoting competitive integrated employment for Americans with disabilities The Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) applauds the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive…

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APSE Statement Challenging the Validity of GWU "Study" funded by the Chimes Foundation

Note: The report is posted on the Chimes, Inc. website. See:http://www.chimes.org/news/20150622.htm.    Funding for this study is very likely to have influenced the methodology used and conclusions in the published…

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Home and Community-based Setting Requirements: CMS Issues Guidance

CMS issued new guidance in terms of heightened scrutiny of state transition plans for use of Medicaid funds aligned with the CMS new settings rules regarding integration. The last question…

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APSE’s Public Testimony to the Advisory Committee in Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

Mon., May 11, 2015 Below is the public testimony given by APSE Executive Director Allison Wohl to the WIOA Advisory Committee on Integrated Competitive Integrated Employment at its meeting on…

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