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“Despite the scary and worrisome nature of the COVID-19 virus, Roberto has maintained his extremely friendly and caring nature with his coworkers and the residents of the center, making his workplace feel like a safe and positive home environment.” Click to read Roberto’s story!

Roberto (Florida) – NDEAM2020

Meet Roberto (Florida)! “Despite the scary and worrisome nature of the COVID-19 virus, Roberto has maintained his extremely friendly and caring nature with his coworkers and the residents of the…

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“Kenneth has thrived in this position, even more so during this pandemic because having this job shows him that he truly matters. His job has brought him new life, and a greater sense of significance.” Click to read Kenneth’s story!

Kenneth (California) – NDEAM2020

Meet Kenneth (California)! “Kenneth has thrived in this position, even more so during this pandemic because having this job shows him that he truly matters. His job has brought him…

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“Berani is extremely happy to be bringing home a respectable paycheck and have many benefits from her employer.” Click to read Berani’s story!

Berani (Florida) – NDEAM2020

Meet Berani (Florida)! “Berani is extremely happy to be bringing home a respectable paycheck and have many benefits from her employer.” Download the PDF BERANI’S STORY: Berani is employed by…

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“Tommy’s position is considered essential, as part of his job is to clear the hallways of equipment, mattresses, stretchers, and beds… during the initial surge his work was vital to the safety of patients and UPMC employees.” Click to read Tommy’s story!

Tommy (Pennsylvania) – NDEAM2020

Meet Tommy (Pennsylvania!) “Tommy’s position is considered essential, as part of his job is to clear the hallways of equipment, mattresses, stretchers, and beds… during the initial surge his work…

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APSE Conversations: Equity and Justice

This podcast is a panel from the 2020 Pacific Northwest Employment Forum from October 1, 2020. Listen to Tara Asai (former OR APSE President) open this conversation between three leaders, Chisa O’Quinn, Wesley Anderson, and Amber Boydston.

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“People with disabilities have demonstrated their ability and willingness to be adaptable in working alongside all other essential workers on the front lines.” Click to read Charles’ story!

Charles (Rhode Island) – NDEAM2020

Meet Charles (Rhode Island)! “People with disabilities have demonstrated their ability and willingness to be adaptable in working alongside all other essential workers on the front lines.” Download the PDF…

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“Having people with different perspectives, leads to better problem solving and decision making as an organization.” Click to read Jennifer’s story!

Jennifer (Washington) – NDEAM2020

Meet Jennifer (Washington)! “Having people with different perspectives, leads to better problem solving and decision making as an organization.” Download the PDF JENNIFER’S STORY: Jennifer works for Costco in Issaquah…

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“Dale is considered an essential worker, so his job was not in jeopardy. Dale worked onsite during the statewide Stay-at-Home order.” Click to read Dale’s story!

Dale (Pennsylvania) – NDEAM2020

Meet Dale (Pennsylvania)! “Dale is considered an essential worker, so his job was not in jeopardy. Dale worked onsite during the statewide Stay-at-Home order.” Download the PDF DALE’S STORY: Dale…

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APSE Conversations: Technology, Employment First, and a Changing Landscape

This podcast is an opening panel from the 2020 APSE Virtual Conference. Duane Shumate, a member of the APSE National Board Member, is joined in conversation by Katherine Carol, Patricia Henke, and Scott Ellsworth.

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"Individuals with disabilities have served an extremely important role during the pandemic." Click to read Carter's story.

Carter (Tennessee) – NDEAM2020

Meet Carter (Tennessee)! “Individuals with disabilities have served an extremely vital role … during the pandemic. Carter is only one of many individuals with disabilities still working. These roles are…

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