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“Luis reminds us that work provides a purpose and places individuals in an environment where their capabilities are recognized. They just need the opportunity!”

Lorie and Luis (Arizona) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Lorie (Arizona)! Lorie Sandaine is an Arizona APSE leader and CESP credential holder. She and moved to Tucson Arizona from Washington state. In this APSE podcast, Lorie and National APSE’s Kari Tietjen speak about AZ APSE, NDEAM, and how Lorie found inspiration from her mother to do this work.

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“I’m making a difference for young adults to have an option of going to post-secondary education programs.”

Stirling (Vermont) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Stirling (Vermont)!

“I’m making a difference for young adults to have an option of going to post-secondary education programs.”

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“I always have believed in myself and knew I could do anything I want if I put my mind to it.”

Shannon (Washington) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Shannon (Washington)! Shannon is new to the field of employment supports, working out of the Northwest Center in Spokane. She has a background in Special Education and shares her experience with having a disability herself impacts her work.

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Don't let your disability define what you can do.

Brianna (Maryland) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Brianna (Maryland)! She works at Kennedy Krieger in Maryland, and shares her employment story with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer.

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Wade (Minnesota) – NDEAM2021

Wade is a business owner in Minnesota, running a handyman business. He speaks on the APSE podcast with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer. He now employes several employees, including four with…

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APSE Podcast: COVID-19, APSE, and Employment

This podcast is a recording of the APSE NDEAM event from Thursday, October 14th. Listen in to hear from Julie Christensen, APSE’s Executive Director and Director of Policy & Advocacy, plus John Butterworth (ICI UMass Boston) and Brian Shepley with Source America. Talking all things disability employment, what COVID-19’s impact has been on the job market, and how providers of employment supports are adjusting as we look forward.

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CESP Certified: Congratulations!

The Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP) highlights and supports those who have earned and maintained the credential!

The following lists CESPs who successfully earned or recertified their credential in August-September 2021. View the full CESP Directory online.

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Wendy in California. Image of a woman in her 30s.

Wendy (California) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Wendy (California)!
“Employment is the key to independence.” Wendy works with the Helen Keller center and closely with Deaf/Blind individuals to support employment. Listen in to hear more about her experience coming to the United States.

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“Maricela was motivated from day one to reach her employment goals. She has also become a leader in teaching and mentoring new Project SEARCH®️ interns.”

Maricela (New York) – NDEAM2021

Meet Maricela (New York)! Maricela Perez joined the Project SEARCH®️ program at Jewish Senior Life in the fall of 2019. Previously, she had been working with another local community-based employment…

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Robert (New Jersey) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Robert (New Jersey)!
“Employment First matters because everyone should be given the chance to work if they want to be more self-sufficient. It also gives the person who works the respect they deserve from society.”

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Frank is standing in front of the McDonald's menu sign with a big smile on his face.

Frank (Michigan) – NDEAM2021

Meet Frank (Michigan)! Frank works at McDonald’s in Michigan, starting with cleaning and taking out the trash at McDonald’s. Now he is cross-training on the grill and will learn to…

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Angela (Ohio) – NDEAM2021

Meet Angela Pinson, with Buckeye Community Services in Ohio! She’s a Certified Employment Support Professional™ and works directly with people with disabilities. Listen to a podcast with Angela and National APSE’s Kari Tietjen.

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Nicholas (Ohio) – NDEAM2021

Meet Nicholas (Ohio)! “I am grateful to be going to work this morning. I enjoy going to work and I am always in uniform.” Nicholas is a receiving clerk, responsible…

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Cindy Burns

Meet the APSE National Board of Directors and their newest members. Cindy Burns joins the podcast from the state of Georgia. Cindy shares her background in this field, how she grew up and how that impacted her career, and highlights the successes of the last several decades. Cindy is the incoming delegate for the Southeast region, serving chapters in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

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MN APSE Podcast: If You Believe It You Can Achieve It

Listen in to the MN APSE podcast episode!

Self-advocate Riss Leitzke joins host Chris Davies to talk about their experience overcoming dual-sensory loss and landing a dream job at Wilderness Inquiry. The podcast is interpreted in ASL by Emily Engel.

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