Best Practices

ASPE’s Ethical Standards and Guidelines for Implementing Employment First

  • APSE believes everyone has employable strengths and can work in the competitive labor force with the right measure of support and in jobs well-matched and sometimes customized to their interests and abilities.
  • APSE believes that people with disabilities are the experts about themselves and should play a leading role in decisions that affect their lives.
  • APSE believes companies who hire people with disabilities will profit in many ways, including financially.
  • APSE believes the focus of publicly funded services should be strengths-based—what people can do, not what they cannot do.
  • APSE is committed to sharing success stories to increase expectations, shatter stereotypes, and create better understanding about the employment potential of people with disabilities.
  • APSE acknowledges supported employment is a well-researched and proven, evidence-based business practice.
  • APSE believes that an important role of the organization is to educate policy makers, including elected officials, on advocating for equal opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace.
  • APSE is committed to promoting the role of employment in the transitional youth directly into post-secondary education or competitive employment options.
  • APSE speaks as a unified voice representing human service professionals, people with disabilities, educators, employers, family members and other stakeholders.