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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Download the APSE Media Kit which includes images and information. What is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? NDEAM is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions…

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APSE Conversations: Brittany Edwards-Sharpe with New Mexico

Brittany Edwards-Sharpe is on the podcast to talk about what training and support have looked like for employment support professionals in the state of New Mexico! Over the last few years, New Mexico has committed to providing training to professionals and Brittany has supported professionals in New Mexico to be trained through the College of Employment Services and go through training and certification to earn their CESP. Listen in to hear more from this conversation, focused on employment and the professionals working in this field.

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APSE Conversations: David King and Kate Travis Talking Employment

Meet David King in Ohio and Kate Travis in Connecticut. Both are Certified Employment Support Professionals™ (CESPs), and lead teams focused on employment supports. In this conversation, David and Kate are joined by National APSE’s Kari Tietjen to talk about leading employment teams, what makes quality employment support professionals, and how they use CESP to supplement their staff development.

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

Listen in to the MN APSE podcast episode!

Long-time APSE contributor and one of the pillars of customized employment in the state, Bob Niemiec joins host Chris Davies to talk about the early days of supported employment, the birth of MN APSE and what’s left to be done today.

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APSE Conversations: CESP With Nikki Chartier, CO

Meet Nikki Chartier of Pueblo Diversified Industries (PDI) in Pueblo, CO in this podcast episode with Kari Tietjen (National APSE’s Certification Director). Nikki leads an employment team supporting individuals with disabilities to find and keep jobs in the community. In this episode, Nikki and Kari talk about the importance of job fit and the considerations of finding a job. Plus, having employment staff that are knowledgeable and trained are essential to the success of Employment First. Hear about Nikki’s team (all CESP certified!) and how they are trained.

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APSE Conversations: CESP With Emily Harris, OR

Today’s podcast features National APSE’s Kari Tietjen (Certification Director) and Emily Harris, CESP of Oregon. Emily works with WISE to provide training and consultation to help employment for people with disabilities. Learn more at www.gowise.org Emily also shares upcoming events with Oregon APSE, so listen for that! Emily has worked with the Council during the transition from paper-based exams and shares her fond memories of proctoring the CESP. Emily also works to Co-Chair the Recertification Committee and provides updates of what the Committee has done to support mentoring as well as trainers with a Pre-Approval process!

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APSE Conversations: CESP With Renee Cencer, MI

Today’s podcast features National APSE’s Kari Tietjen (Certification Director) and Renee Cencer, CESP of Michigan. Renee shares how she learned about the Certified Employment Support Professional™ credential, and the role it has played in her own professional development. Renee has been a volunteer with CESP and serves as one of the folks available to answer questions about the credential. Join the Q&A Wednesday, learn more about the CESP, ask questions, and feel confident that you know how to earn and keep your credential.

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APSE Conversations: Conference Session 2020 Shared!

Hear from Colorado leaders and national partners around certification and training.

This panel discussion includes a review of how Employment First legislation was written and passed with funding to professionalize Colorado’s thriving supported employment workforce. Lessons learned are shared, plus the path for sustainability and how this opportunity can be applicable to your workforce and most importantly the current and future impact on people with disabilities getting and keeping great jobs.

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APSE Conversations: Post-Conference Emerging Leaders

TWO Colorado presenters Deidre Sage and Rachel Hoard talk with Erica Belois-Pacer of National APSE ahead of the APSE Virtual Post-Conference event. The August 13th session will cover What is Individual Placement and Support (IPS)?

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APSE Conversations: Post-Conference with Colorado IPS

TWO Colorado presenters Deidre Sage and Rachel Hoard talk with Erica Belois-Pacer of National APSE ahead of the APSE Virtual Post-Conference event. The August 13th session will cover What is Individual Placement and Support (IPS)?

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APSE Conversations: Post-Conference Presenter Karen Lee

Erica Belois-Pacer of National APSE and Karen Lee of SEEC in Maryland talk ahead of the APSE Virtual Post-Conference event. Karen Lee is a presenter for these workshop-style events, focusing on a new policy product from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Karen also talks about how she started in this field, and some of the unique issues facing employment supports today.

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APSE Conversations: Fermina Lopez, Intern with APSE

This summer Fermina Lopez has joined the National APSE team to complete her summer internship. Join Fermina as she shares her journey through high school, Project Search, and how she has benefited from Pre-ETS services. This was an original webinar shared in July 2021.

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Tricia Jones

Meet the APSE National Board of Directors and their newest members. Tricia Jones joins from the state of Utah. Tricia shares her background in finding the direct support professional (DSP) role and how it led to her work at the University of Utah and her passion for advocacy. Erica and Tricia talk about the way professionals find the field of employment and the importance of the voices from lived experiences. Tricia is the incoming delegate for the Rocky Mountain region, serving chapters in Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Tricia will be serving on the Professional Development and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committees with APSE.

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Matthew Shapiro

Meet the APSE National Board of Directors and their newest members. Matthew Shapiro joins from the Commonwealth of Virginia, as an Employment First lobbyist for the Virginia APSE chapter. Hear Matthew’s conversation with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer about his work in Virginia, his consulting work, and his fun travels. Matthew will be serving as a Chair of the Public Policy Committee and on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee with APSE.

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Emily Munson

Meet the APSE National Board of Directors. Emily Munson joins from Indiana, as a Senior Attorney position at Indiana Disability Rights. Emily’s work and lived experiences bring her to the APSE Board, and she shares about her Indiana chapter, and some fun experiences she’s had! Hear her chat with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer in this episode.

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