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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Duane Shumate

Meet the new APSE National Board of Directors. Duane Shumate is featured in this episode, as he chats with Erica Belois-Pacer of National APSE! Duane shares what he wanted to be growing up, his secret life as a Trivia MC, why he has a passion for #EmploymentFirst, and about his work in the state of Missouri.

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Kie O’Donnell

This podcast is a conversation between Kie O’Donnell of the APSE National Board and Erica Belois-Pacer. Kie is from Rhode Island, and shares his passion for #EmploymentFirst.

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Action Alert: Call your Senators TODAY About HCBS

Tell Congress that We Can’t Wait Any Longer for COVID Relief! Contact your Members of Congress Today! Please continue to reach out to your Members of Congress. They need to…

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“Sara is an essential worker for the School District because the students must be fed a nutritious meal. This even applies if the school has closed.”

Sara (Missouri) – NDEAM2020

Meet Sara (Missouri)! “Sara is an essential worker for the School District because the students must be fed a nutritious meal. This even applies if the school has closed.” Download…

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Ulises (Florida) – NDEAM2020

Meet Ulises (Florida)! “Ulises is part of a very vital component of the hospital and he does an exceedingly good job.” Download the PDF ULISES’ STORY: Ulises is a tech…

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“Aaron’s demeanor has changed as well. He seems to be thriving in this new environment, doing meaningful work. He has a swagger when he walks and is smiling and talking more than I’ve ever witnessed.”

Aaron (Ohio) – NDEAM2020

Meet Aaron (Ohio)! “Aaron’s demeanor has changed as well. He seems to be thriving in this new environment, doing meaningful work. He has a swagger when he walks and is…

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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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“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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