February Events and Black History Month

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APSE joins you in celebrating Black History Month!

As National APSE continues to strengthen our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), we will work to celebrate black history and culture and its impact on Employment First and the disability community throughout the year.

Every month APSE will provide new EDI learning content (webinars, podcasts, and resources) to continue learning, sharing, and growing. The work of making a more diverse, accepting world doesn’t end in February.

APSE offers Events & Learning to focus on #EmploymentFirst topics. If you have an idea for new learning content, we have launched a Professional Development opportunities form, which will be available all the time at APSE Apply (
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Events & Learning

Microaggressions and Bias: How to Counteract These Incidents in the Work Context
Presenter: Carlos Olivo
Assistant Teaching Professor at Colorado State University

A microaggression is like a mosquito bite, it minimally hurts if it happens occasionally. But when it is happening every day, it becomes a serious issue. Most of the time microaggressions are driven by biases, which could be unconscious or consciously engraved in the individual. Many employees are experiencing microaggressions and the emotional tax associated with them. In this webinar, Dr. Olivo will discuss the characteristics of microaggressions in the context of professional workspaces, how to identify them, and how to navigate these incidents.

This session is pre-approved for 1 CESP CE Credits.

$10 APSE Members | $20 Non-Members

Available as a recorded session: Register

Come in on Offense to Strive for Greatness
Presenter: Will Fried

Throughout people’s lives, they have decisions to make if they want to come in on offense or defense. This webinar will mention what Will Fried has done with an offensive mentality to gain employment opportunities in his dream job of becoming a basketball official and a Graduate Assistant in Accessibility Services at the college level. He will share his pillars and strategies with you, which helped him strive for greatness. Will Fried will talk about his path to becoming employed as a basketball referee and Accessibility Services Graduate Assistant. Five essential pillars that he uses will be discussed. As colleagues, we will take away action plans to be created for others with disabilities to have pillars, a mission, and vision created based on what people with disabilities want to accomplish and dream of doing.

This session is pre-approved for 1 CESP CE Credits.

$10 APSE Members | $20 Non-Members
Available as a recorded session: Register

There is live captioning and ASL interpretation available during all live webinars. You’ll receive confirmation emails of attendance after live events and recordings for continuing education (CE) credit.

Help your staff feel confident in providing employment services!

Special 2021 Webinar Offer through February only!

The APSE Universal Employment Competencies are aligned with the CESP Examination Content Outline and the ACRE Supported/Customized Employment Competencies. Purchase access to 5 webinars, each is 1 hour and filled with Employment First resources.

$40 APSE Members | $80 Non-Members

Registrants will receive a daily email to accompany the webinar with resources and to guide you through the webinars. These webinars are a great primer for those new to Employment First or employment supports to people with disabilities.

Erica Belois-Pacer with National APSE leads through each of the Domains, where you can find training, and some basic knowledge to get you familiar with the Universal Domains.
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Do you provide Pre-Employment Transition Services?
Join the Pre-ETS Collaborative – now monthly on Zoom. Open to APSE members – share with others and encourage them to join APSE!

Pre-Employment Transition (Pre-ETS)
Collaboration Monthly Meetings 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 1-2 pm EST
12 Central, 11 Mountain, 10 Pacific
Required pre-registration for the Zoom meeting link

Click here to register

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