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We're going virtual!

The 2020 APSE Pre-Conference will now take place after the Virtual Conference as a live online learning experience from August 3-21.

APSE Board President Heidi Maghan talking with an attendee.

What Will It Look Like? 

Occurring over a consecutive three-week period, the Virtual Post-Conference is an opportunity to deeply explore several pertinent topics related to Employment First directly with National Subject Matter Experts.

These workshop-style sessions are longer than the general conference sessions. Sessions will be broken into one-hour sessions (weekly for three weeks).  These will be more of a workshop-based experience, with a maximum of 40 learners per course.

Unlike the main Virtual Conference, which will be available for on-demand viewing, these are live only events. Participants are expected to participate in all three of the sessions for a given topic for optimum learning to occur.

See the descriptions below for more information.

What's Included?

  • Access to up to 2 post-conference sessions. Select these when you register!
  • A live learning environment with Employment Support Professionals across the world!
  • One-on-one time with Subject Matter Experts over a 3-week period
  • 3 weeks of learning, with opportunities to implement ideas into your work during the week!
  • Plan to use a webcam and have audio capabilities to fully participate.

Available Sessions

PROMISE Tools, Tips, Results: Engaging Youth and Families, Work Based Learning, Pre ETS and More

Mondays 8/3, 8/10, 8/17 at 11am EST

An interactive session offering tools, tips, project findings, and lessons learned during the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) project. An interagency effort from SSA, DOE, DOL, and HHS, the six national model demonstration projects focused on enhancing education and employment outcomes for youth on SSI and their families. Relevant to anyone providing Pre ETS, moving from facility-based to community-based services, engaging youth and families, and in policy advocacy.

Jade Gingerich, PROMISE Project Director/Director of Employment Policy, Maryland Department of Disabilities
Ellie Hartman, Wisconsin PROMISE Project Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Carol Ruddell, ASPIRE Project Director, Utah
Brent Williams, AR PROMISE Principle Investigator, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Cayte Anderson, Researcher, Wisconsin PROMISE, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Intended Audiences: Mid-Level Managers, Entry-Level Professionals, Self-Advocates, Families, K-12 Students & Families, Post-Secondary Students, Policy Specialists, Organizational Executives

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn new approaches and strategies to implement WIOA and Pre-ETS in your state or agency while developing and refining pipelines to employment for youth and families.
  2. Explore early project findings and results from PROMISE and learn what works for youth in transition and their families.
  3. Access tools to enhance staff training, interagency collaboration, managing community-based staff, youth/family engagement, creation of work-based learning experiences, and more.
Engaging in Policy & Advocacy Session in the COVID Context

Tuesdays 8/4, 8/11, 8/18 at 1pm EST

Advancement of employment of people with disabilities is highly dependent on effective public policies. Have you ever wondered how to be part of the process of informing the local, state and/or Federal policy agenda? Have you been engaged as an advocate, but wish to learn how to have a greater impact? This is the session for you.


Nicole LeBlanc, Disability Rights Advocate (Maryland APSE)

Page Eastin, Program Manager, Iowa Department of Human Rights (Iowa APSE)

Nicholas Kaasa, Community Engagement Facilitator, Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities and Ryley Newport, Communications Director, Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (Oregon APSE)

Matthew Shapiro, Founder, 6 Wheels Consulting LLC (Virginia APSE)

Matthew Snyder, Executive Director Wyoming State Advocates in Leadership (Wyoming APSE)

Julie Christensen, Director of Policy and Advocacy, National APSE

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will learn about the basics of policy and advocacy, including strategies for online engagement.
  2. Strategies for meaningfully engaging self-advocates will be discussed.
  3. Attendees will learn about APSE’s public policy priorities and will be provided the latest updates on national and state efforts to promote Employment First outcomes within the current political and economic context. 
Supporting Student Transition to Employment: An Emphasis on Family and Employer Engagement

Wednesdays 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 at 12pm EST

Research suggests that meaningful work experiences in high school is a significant predictor of employment success for adults with disabilities. Providing individualized work experiences to students requires the effective engagement of families and employers. This pre-conference session will offer real-world strategies reinforced by activities and shared tools that help attendees improve the quality of student work experiences by utilizing family and employer engagement to enhance assessment and placement opportunities.
Sean Roy, Research Associate, TransCen
Dale Verstegen, Research Associate, TransCen
Intended Audiences: Mid-Level Managers, School Transition Staff & Partners
Learning Objectives:
  1. Attendees will improve their understanding of the foundational elements of customized employment and their ability to collaborate to provide students with high support needs meaningful work experiences.
  2. Attendees will improve their understanding of the role families play in employment success for students and increase their capacity to build relationships and utilize family interviews to enhance assessment and work experience options.
  3. Attendees will improve their understanding of effective employer engagement through employer informational interviews and matching of labor needs to student skills and interests.
A Road Map to Requesting Reasonable Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Wednesdays 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 at 1pm EST

Do you ever feel like you need a road map to navigate the reasonable accommodation process under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? An employee with a disability who needs reasonable accommodations may also need guidance about this process. During this session, we will discuss a step-by-step process (or road map) for requesting reasonable accommodations, practice with case studies based upon real-life situations, share ideas, and resources.
Presenter: Pam Williamson, Assistant Director, Burton Blatt Institute/Southeast ADA Center
Intended Audiences: Entry-Level Professionals, Self-Advocates, Families, K-12 Students & Families, Post-Secondary Students
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss and evaluate an employment and accommodation scenario in the context of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  2. Determine if the ADA applies to the situation using the information provided.
  3. Identify publications or resources that might be used to provide additional information.
Tools For a More Individualized and Focused Discovery Process

Thursdays, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 at 1pm EST

The tools presented in this session will revolutionize how you embark on the discovery path with job seekers. You will walk away with the manual, tools, and training needed to implement this specialized interviewing tool right away. When planning for discovery, the person and their unique needs and interests are one of the most important details to consider. This tool will guide your initial discovery activities in a more targeted way.
Jennifer Quigley, Quality Enhancement Specialist, The Council on Quality and Leadership
Intended Audiences: Entry-Level Professionals, Self-Advocates, Families, K-12 Students & Families, Post-Secondary Students, Mid-Level Managers, Organizational Executives
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about interviewing techniques for people of all support needs.
  2. Learn how to implement a tool used to learn about people and help people plan for employment.
  3. Learn about integrating this research-based tool with the Discovery process and DPG for better employment outcomes.

Registration: Open Through July 29th!

APSE Member RateNon-Member Rate

Attendees already registered for the APSE 2020 pre-conference will automatically be registered for the post-conference.

No refunds will be given for cancellations. Should you want to transfer your registration to another individual, please email with the individual's information by July 29th.