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The 2021 APSE Conference will be an ALL-VIRTUAL event! In partnership with Matchbox Virtual.

Mark your calendars for the week of June 14th, 2021 for the APSE Virtual Conference- a 5-day immersive experience.

APSE’s National Conference brings together the very individuals and organizations working toward and impacted by Employment First— people with disabilities and their families, business leaders, service providers, university-based researchers, as well as, state and federal policymakers and personnel.

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During a time when in-person training is at a minimum, APSE is dedicated to being responsive and continuing to provide opportunities for people to come together and share the most current employment practices.

2021 will feature...

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On-Demand Flexibility

Join us live June 14-18, or watch later when it works for your schedule!

Listen in, Celebrate, and Share #EmploymentFirst Successes!

Through sessions, awards, and more! Want to nominate someone for an APSE Award? Start the process and learn more at APSE Apply

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Earn over 45 credits for your Certified Employment Support Professional™, CRC, or SHRM certifications.

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$420 per person
  • Access to the Matchbox Virtual platform through September 2021
  • 45+ Hours of Content
  • All the benefits of APSE Membership plus discounts!


$520 per person
  • Access to the Matchbox Virtual platform through September 2021
  • 45+ Hours of Content

More about the sessions

Each session is encouraged to feature advocates and stories of real-live people impacted by the topic covered. We'll share breakout session options in April 2021! Five (5) tracks will be featured, including:

  • Funding and Managing Employment Services and Teams
    Keywords: Management, public policy, funding, supervision, organizational transformation, resilience, team-building, crisis lessons learned, chapter and grassroots efforts
  • Workplace Supports and Job Coaching
    Keywords: Remote supports, Benefits Counseling, apprenticeship; transportation, fading and job coaching supports, natural supports. This track corresponds with APSE Universal Competencies, Domains 4 and 5.
  • Career Exploration, Discovery, and Job Development
    Keywords: Students, Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), Customized Employment, employer engagement, Disability disclosure, Job development, networking with businesses. This track corresponds with APSE Universal Competencies, Domains 2 and 3.
  • Diversity in Employment Services
    Keywords: intersectionality, equity and inclusion, chapter and grassroots efforts, mental health, disability-specific, veterans, aging, race, LGBTQ+
  • Technology in the Workplace
    Keywords: Assistive technology, remote and/or virtual supports, innovative technologies, new solutions, employee resource groups

Click below to learn more about keynote speakers!


Hasan Davis, J.D.

Hasan Davis is a Black man speaking, wearing a suit, tie, and glasses.

Jim Warne

Jim Warne smiling.

Thank you to our confirmed 2021 sponsors for their support!

Feedback from last year

I was able to focus more on the speaker and presentation. There were no distractions. I could take notes at my desk. I could immediately discuss the content with my co-workers. I did not have to strain my body to see the speaker. I thought the speakers did the best they could given the circumstances. APSE came through during COVID. I imagine countless hours were put into planning and organizing the new format. Thank you.

A group in a circle discussing in a breakout session.

I loved hearing how people across the country are supporting people with disabilities in creative and unique ways during this crazy, chaotic time in everyone's lives. Very applicable and I was able to take the information and present it to my employees in my state.

APSE 2019 Awards

If the conference was in-person I would not have been able to attend because it would have been too expensive for me to go. The virtual conference gave me a chance to take many classes and receive much-needed credits to renew my CESP...all from the comfort of my home!

The resource materials and references provided, we will be able to use them long after the conference. The videos of the job seekers, it brought home why we are doing this work - to give them the same opportunities for an Everyday Life!