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#2022APSE Awards Presentation: Congratulations Winners!

Learn about the 2022 APSE Award winners and watch the video! The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) awarded the 2022 APSE Awards on Monday, June 13th, 2022. Celebrating #EmploymentFirst #RealWorkRealPay

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#2022APSE Awards: Meet nominees

Learn about the 2022 APSE Award Nominees. The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) awarded the 2022 APSE Awards on Monday, June 13th, 2022. Celebrating #EmploymentFirst #RealWorkRealPay

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CESPs and States: A Report-Out from 2021

A report from the CESP Credential focused on what states are doing for credential or competency requirements.

Some states are using the Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP) credential as a tool to set benchmark requirements or provide incentives to staff who earn it. The roundtable discussions held by the Development Committee in October aimed to bring together state agencies and funders.

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APSE Conversations: Chanel (WA)

Listen in to this podcast between National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer and Chanel Keenan, the Intersectionality Consultant for the Seattle Kraken who assists the Seattle Kraken & partnering groups on all things related to disability. From assisting fans with disabilities, employee experiences, and how they can better improve it each season. Pursuing the goal of creating a flourishing and diverse hockey community, from the youth level all the way to our Pro’s.

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APSE Conversations: Chrissy (NJ)

Listen in to this podcast between National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer and New Jersey Business & Industry Association Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas as they talk about her background in health care and legislative initiatives, plus the workforce shortage and how policymakers are listening to stories told by the people.

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

Listen in to the MN APSE podcast episode!

Host Chris Davies talks with self-advocate, trainer and psychologist Bob Wagner (St. Paul. Wagner shares his personal story of disability and getting back to work, talks about the failures of the system over the last forty years and what we can all do to do better.

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APSE Conversations: APSE Updates with Julie Christensen

Today, Julie Christensen, Executive Director of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) joins Drs. Houtenville and O’Neill, and Denise Rozell, Policy Strategist at Association of University Centers on…

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APSE Conversations: Suad (CA)

Meet Suad Bisogno, Vice President of California APSE (Cal APSE). Suad is the Executive Director of an organization providing employment, and other supports to people with disabilities. In this podcast episode, Suad talks with National APSE’s Kari Tietjen about Cal APSE’s efforts in supporting the 5-year elimination of 14(C) or sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities. Cal APSE has organized to be an efficient chapter, hear how tools like Slack have supported the chapter to be responsive to legislative advocacy, HCBS changes, and Employment First in the state of California!

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APSE Conversations: Christine (GA)

Meet Christine Gudgin, President of Georgia APSE and employment support professional with Briggs & Associates. She talks with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer and Kari Tietjen about how she started in…

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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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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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