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APSE Resources

APSE's Statement on Employment First

Employment First Map

Employment First Fact Sheet

Guide for Self Advocates

Legislative Advocacy Toolkit

Take Your Legislator to Work Day


Real Work for Real Pay: A Self Advocate's Guide to Employment Policy Published by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, this plain language and easy-read guide to Employment First is essential for everyone.


The State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) – is a joint initiative of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. SELN supports states to improve integrated employment outcomes and has developed a comprehensive listing of documents as a resource for policymakers, advocates, and researchers. SELN provides a vision for employment, guidance for measuring success, and identifies legislation, regulations, and policy directives on the implementation of Employment First. For more information on SELN, go to

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) – is a national public education movement that promotes the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities in America’s workforce. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. CDE promotes positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers, and others, to recognize the value and talent people with disabilities bring to America’s workplaces. CDE offers several turnkey communications resources.