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ATTENTION: Friday, January 31, 2020 is the last day to register for the National APSE Conference using the Early Bird Rate.

Join us at the 2020 National APSE Conference!

Pre-Conference June 15

General Conference June 16-18, 2020

Denver, Colorado

The 2020 National APSE Conference is the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of Employment First. The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Conference brings together more than 1,000 community leaders, businesses, and people with disabilities from across the country and around the world to network and discuss state-of-the-art strategies to ensure equitable employment for all citizens with disabilities.

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About the Conference

Employment First: Elevated

The National APSE Conference is the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of Employment First. The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Conference brings together more than 1,000 community leaders, businesses, and individuals with disabilities from across the country and around the world to network and discuss state-of-the-art strategies to ensure equitable employment for all citizens with disabilities.

Attendees had the advantage of:

  • Education and networking opportunities
  • Pre-conference sessions followed by 2.5 days of more than 100 high-quality, interactive breakout sessions by national experts
  • Dozens of Exhibitors
  • National Awards
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What Does Employment First Mean?

Employment First means that employment in the general workforce should be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly funded systems. Simply put, Employment First means real jobs, real wages.

Employment in the general workforce means regular jobs like everyone else in society: in typical work settings, working side-by-side with people without disabilities, earning regular wages and benefits and being part of the economic mainstream of our society.

APSE supports Employment First to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community.

The APSE National Conference attracts key influencers and stakeholders representing employers, communities, agencies, and services. APSE members are the very people and organizations impacted by Employment First; citizens with disabilities, and their families, universities, rehabilitation counselors, agency personnel and service providers. 

The National Conference is designed to provide actionable ideas, state-of-the-art programming, as well as tools, solutions, and technologies that will empower you to take directly back to your business, home and community to impact change. Come ready to learn, network, and do!

Registration

Will my employer help me attend?

APSE has created a template letter of support letter. We also suggest using the information from the website to help your employer see the benefit of attending the 2020 national APSE conference.

Do you know several people who would like to attend the national APSE 2020 conference in Denver, Colorado? You can get $50 off of each additional professional registration if you register multiple people at the same time.

Early Bird Rate

Best Deal! Ends January 31, 2020

Registration SelectionMember RateNon-member Rate
Professional Registration$380$480
Self-Advocate/Immediate Family/ Student Registration$255$355
One Day Registration$230$330

Pre-Conference Registration

Register for the pre-conference workshops for Monday, June 15, 2020. These workshop-style sessions are 3-hours in length. There are 3 tracks available for sessions: Innovative Practices, Organizational Growth, & Grassroots Advocacy. Sign up for one or both pre-conference sessions when registering to maximize your time at #APSE2020!
Member Rate - One session: $110; Two sessions: $160.
Nonmember Rate - One session: $160; Two sessions: $210.

Mid-Rate

February 1, 2020 - April 30, 2020

Registration SelectionMember RateNon-member Rate
Professional Registration$480$580
Self-Advocate/Immediate Family/ Student Registration$305$405
One Day Registration$230$330

Regular Rate

May 1, 2020 - June 16, 2020

Registration SelectionMember RateNon-member Rate
Professional Registration$580$680
Self-Advocate/Immediate Family/ Student Registration$355$455
One Day Registration$230$330
National APSE Awards

2020 National APSE Awards

Each year, APSE honors individuals, organizations and employers for their individual and collective contribution to Employment First. We invite nominations for the 2020 Annual National APSE Conference: “Employment First: Elevated.”  The conference dates are June 15-18, 2020 to be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.

Please submit nominations in as many of the categories as you would like.  All award submissions are due by 5 PM (EST) on Monday, March 16, 2020.  If you need assistance with this process, please contact APSE at info@apse.org.  All awards are to be submitted online. Click here to apply.

APSE encourages the nominations of advocates in all award categories. All nominations must be submitted by a nominator other than the nominee themselves. We will recognize all award nominees at the 2020 National APSE Conference. Nominees will be made aware of their nomination by the end of March.

Reviewers will consider each proposal on the quality of the narrative provided by nominator, strong letters of support, adherence to APSE mission and vision for employment equity. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please ensure you get an email confirming your submission, otherwise your application may not be received.

APSE would like to honor those who have excelled in the following award categories: 

Click on each to read in detail about each award category.

Nominees and award winner of the Rebecca McDonald Award for Chapter Leaders will be presented at the Chapter Leadership Reception on June 15, 2020.

Nominees for all other awards will be recognized and the award winner will be announced on June 17, 2020 at the Awards Luncheon.

Rebecca McDonald Award

Nominees will be listed and the award winner will be announced on 6/15/20 at the Chapter Leadership Reception      

To honor Rebecca’s contributions to APSE and the employment of people with disabilities, this award is presented to an APSE Chapter Leader who demonstrates exceptional leadership, tireless volunteerism and extraordinary commitment to the mission and vision of APSE within their state chapter.

Rebecca McDonald was a tireless advocate for supported employment and a dedicated friend and champion of APSE.  Rebecca deeply believed in the principles APSE was founded upon and she supported and encouraged others to give and share resources to make those principles a reality. She was one of supported employment’s greatest advocates and served APSE in various ways for 11 years as the founding Vice-President, President for three years, and was an officer for the APSE Foundation.

Narrative Questions for Response:

  • Describe how the nominee demonstrated strength in promoting the principles of APSE in their state.
  • What specific actions demonstrate how the nominee has influenced changes in statewide policy?
  • Describe how the nominee has advanced their chapter’s role in promoting inclusive employment in their state.

Please note: Nominations for the Rebecca McDonald Award also require a second letter from the Chapter Board of Directors addressing how the nominee demonstrates the award criteria.

APSE Best Practice Award

Nominees will be recognized and the award winner will be announced on 6/17/20 at the Awards Luncheon      

To recognize a provider organization that has successfully implemented strategies to support those with disabilities to work and further their career path in an inclusive workforce.

Narrative Questions for Response:

  • What specific achievements (organizational changes, community leadership, etc.) has this organization made in the area of Employment First?
  • What activities does this organization do to promote inclusive employment and work to build partnerships with others to advance Employment First?
  • What do the people they support, employers, and family members say about this organization’s accomplishments?
APSE Employer Award

Nominees will be listed and the award winner will be announced on 6/17/20 at the Awards Luncheon      

 

To recognize businesses who value and demonstrate the importance of an inclusive workforce by employing people with disabilities.

 

Nominated businesses should have values consistent with APSE. Nomination materials should demonstrate the business’s commitment to APSE’s view that everyone can and should work.

Narrative Questions for Response:

  • Describe the employer’s Employment First practices and contributions.
  • What has the employer done to ensure that employees with disabilities are fully included and supported in their workforce?
  • What has the employer done to encourage other employers to hire candidates with disabilities and model their businesses after their own inclusive model?
  • What efforts has the employer made at the local, state, and/or national level to encourage the hiring of individuals with disabilities (e.g., working with legislators, developing partnerships with VR or provider agencies, etc.)?
Lois Curtis Award - Person with a Disability

Nominees will be recognized and the award winner will be announced on 6/17/20 at the Awards Luncheon      

 

To recognize an individual’s personal achievement in advocating for inclusive, individualized, community-based employment and/or independent living. 

Lois Curtis paved the way for people with disabilities to live in their own communities while receiving the services they need after spending 18 years living in an institution.  Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson brought a case that rose to the level of the Supreme Court and the court decided that "unjustified isolation" of a person with a disability is a form of discrimination under Title II of the ADA.  This is known as the Olmstead Decision.

Narrative Questions for Response:

  • Provide examples of how Employment First played a role in the nominee’s advocacy success.
  • Describe how the nominee advocates for equitable employment and full social inclusion. 
  • Describe how the nominee embraces risk and constantly challenges the status quo to improve inclusive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
Public Policy Leader

Nominees will be listed and the award winner will be announced on 6/17/20 at the Awards Luncheon      


To distinguish an individual who has excelled in advocacy work around Employment First. The Public Policy Leader is someone who inspires others to make a difference by engaging with elected officials and key stakeholders in discussions to promote policies that support the mission of Employment First. 

 

Narrative Questions for Response:

  • Describe the specific advocacy actions the nominee has taken to advance Employment First at the local, state, regional and/or national level in the past year.
  • Describe how the nominee has built awareness and improved outreach for Employment First and how these efforts have improved employment opportunities in their state.
Wendy M. Wood Award - Emerging Leader

Nominees will be recognized and the award winner will be announced on 6/17/20 at the Awards Luncheon      

 

To recognize emerging leaders who are developing a vision and creating action toward full inclusion of citizens with disabilities in our society.   

 

Wendy M. Wood is the founding Executive Director of APSE.  To begin this organization took great vision, effort, determination and risk.  To honor her contribution to this organization and to the overall field of supported employment and Employment First, APSE’s Board of Directors established this award.  

Narrative Questions for Response:

  • Describe an activity, process, or action the emerging leader has accomplished to improve services locally that could be applied regionally or nationally.
  • Describe how the nominee advocates for equitable employment and full social inclusion. 
  • Describe how the nominee embraces risk and constantly challenges the status quo to improve inclusive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
  • Describe how the nominee partners with others (employers, agencies, the community at large) to create the energy needed to continue the Employment First movement.
Dave Hammis Innovation Award

Nominees will be recognized and the award winner will be announced on 6/17/20 at the Awards Luncheon      

 

To honor Dave’s contributions to APSE and Employment First, this award is offered to individuals or organizations who demonstrate innovation in the area of technology, customized strategies, and/or self-employment for individuals with significant disabilities.

 

Dave Hammis was an incredible innovator in the field of community-based and customized employment.  His creativity and fresh approach to supporting people in inclusive workplaces---whether at a business or through self-employment---inspired many of us to see beyond the realities of what we thought possible.  To honor his contributions to APSE and to the overall field of customized employment, APSE has established this award. 

Narrative Questions for Response:

  • Describe the specific actions the nominee has taken that demonstrate the belief that all people, regardless of the significance of their disability, can work.
  • Describe one or more specific examples of how the nominee has taken an innovative approach and applied it to enhance community-based employment opportunities for people with disabilities using technology, customized strategies, or self-employment.
  • Provide at least one example of a specific job or self-employment opportunity the nominee has worked to customize with a person who experiences a significant disability.
Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP) of the Year Award

Nominees will be recognized and the award winner will be announced on 6/17/20 at the Awards Luncheon      

 

To distinguish a Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP) who has excelled in raising awareness of the benefits of certification. The CESP of the Year is given to a current credential holder who advocates for competency among Employment Support Professionals and inspires others in their own professional development.

Narrative Questions for Response:

  • Describe the specific actions the nominee has taken to raise awareness of the value of certification and advocate for competency among Employment Support Professionals.
  • Describe one or more specific examples of how the nominee has supported one of the following areas with regard to certification: expanding opportunities for professional development, advocacy/policy change at the state level, or has shown considerable dedication to professionalizing the field.
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Conference Schedule

2020 National APSE Conference Schedule

Monday, June 15, 2020

Preconference and Chapter Leader Events

8AM-8PM: Conference Check-in/Onsite Registration
9AM-12PM:
 3 Concurrent Preconference Sessions
1PM-4PM: 3 Concurrent Preconference Sessions
1PM-4PM: Chapter Leadership Institute*
4PM-6PM: Chapter Leader Reception, including the presentation of the Rebecca McDonald Chapter Leader Award (RSVP Required)

*Chapter Leaders please note that the Chapter Leadership Institute will be held from 1PM-4PM.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Day 1: General Conference

7AM-5PM: Check-in/Onsite Registration
7AM-6PM:
Exhibitor Hours
9AM-4PM:
Opening Session, Breakout Sessions, Lunch on Your Own
4PM-6PM: All Attendee Welcome Reception

Tracks available with content geared toward grassroots advocates, families, educators, and transition-age students.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Day 2: General Conference

7AM-5PM: Check-in/Onsite Registration
8AM-5PM:
Exhibitor Hours
9AM-5PM: Morning Keynote, Awards Luncheon & Featured Speaker, Exhibitor Hours
8PM-11PM: APSE Karaoke

Track specifically geared toward Business Leaders, with available continuing education credit for Society of Human Resources (SHRM) available.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Day 3: General Conference

8AM-9:15AM: Membership Breakfast (Open to APSE Members)
9:30AM-12PM: Breakout Sessions, Closing Remarks and Closing Keynote

Large group session with attendees with their hands in the air.
Hotel Information

Reserve Your Room and Explore the City!

Join us in Denver, Colorado for the National APSE 2020 conference, Employment First: Elevated

Experience the beautiful scenery, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center hotel located in the heart of downtown Denver.

Within walking distance, you will find the 16th Street mall, and you can catch an event at the Pepsi Center. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is also within close proximity of the hotel.

Reserve Your Room Today!

Stay at the Hyatt Regency to make the most of your 2020 National APSE conference experience! The APSE hotel block has rooms available starting at $219/night. You can reserve your room by going online or calling 303-436-1234.

Explore Denver

Denver is affectionately known as "the mile-high city," and it includes a vibrant arts and culture scene. Be sure to bring your camera because Denver offers beautiful scenery, with 200 mountain peaks visible from the city.

Sponsors & Exhibitors
Reach your top prospects at the largest event dedicated to a fully inclusive workforce.

EXHIBIT AT THE APSE NATIONAL CONFERENCE. PRIME SPACE WILL FILL QUICKLY.

Employment of people with disabilities is on the rise and with good reason, more businesses are shifting their focus toward inclusive workforce models. Tap into this dynamic community by exhibiting at the National APSE Conference and connect with more than 1,000 key influencers and stakeholders.

WHAT ATTENDEES LOOK FOR 

Managed care health plans • Financial planners • Benefits counselors • Banking solutions • Job coaches • Employment service/ support providers • Innovative practices • Technology (AV/ media) • Assisted Technology products & services • Transportation services • Technical assistance • Organizational change management • Vocational rehab products and services • Online training • Software

REACH THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACE

APSE is the only national organization focused exclusively on inclusive employment. Our members and conference attendees are the individuals and organizations impacted by Employment First— people with disabilities and their families, service providers, university faculty, rehabilitation counselors, as well as, state and federal agency personnel. Many attendees are from organizations that are transitioning to a model that supports Employment First and they seek training, services, and products that will align their company with the needs of the individuals they serve, and meet federally mandated employment requirements.

GET STARTED WITH AN APSE NATIONAL CONFERENCE EXHIBITOR PACKAGE

Exhibition space will be for Tuesday and Wednesday of the 2020 Conference. Exhibiting rates are $1,000 and include:

  • Skirted table with 2 chairs
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch on Wednesday for two representatives
  • Company name listed on event signage, APSE website, conference program app, and social media
  • Recognition in pre/post conference advertising
  • Two full Exhibition Days, including during the full attendee reception

SUPPORTED ENTREPRENEUR OPPORTUNITIES START AT $150

This exhibiting option is for people with disabilities who own their own businesses.

Complimentary breakfast and lunch for one on Wednesday.

This package allows for an additional lunch/breakfast for a support person to attend.

Questions about exhibiting?

Contact Christa Rainwater christa@apse.org

MAXIMIZE YOUR PRESENCE: BECOME AN APSE NATIONAL CONFERENCE SPONSOR 

We offer a broad selection for sponsorship choices to fit any budget. Choose from one of the many offerings listed in our prospectus, or contact Jenny Stonemeier to discuss custom sponsorship opportunities.

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SPONSORSHIP AD-ONS OPTIONS

$500-Promotional Bag Item

$2,000 - Icon and Link on the main menu of the Conference App

$150 - Scholarships provide a scholarship to family members & self-advocates to attend

Banner Ads on the App -

  • $500 - One day
  • $2,000 - Leading up to and throughout the conference

Conference App Alerts -

  • $650 - 1 Push notification, that is sent to attendee’s devices and posted in the app’s social feed and inbox.
  • $450 - 1 Standard notification which includes a sponsored message posted for attendees in the app inbox and social feed
  • $250 - 1 Sponsored post, which is shared in the app social feed

EVENT SPONSORSHIP ADD-ON OPTIONS

EVENT:

$30,000 - Awards Luncheon
$10,000 - Welcome Reception
$10,000 - Keynote Speaker

 

Sponsor Receives:

  • Introduction and 2-3 minutes to address guests
  • Name and logo on tabletop signs in the event area, on schedule, and event mobile app
  • Custom recognition at the event, which our team will design with you

EVENT:

$8,000 - Continental Breakfast
$8,000 -Chapter Leader Event
$6,000 - Member Breakfast
$3,000 - Refreshment break (multiple opportunities)
$2,500 - APSE Karaoke

Sponsor Receives:

  • Name and logo on tabletop signs in the event area, on schedule, and event mobile app
  • Custom recognition at the event, which our team will design with you

WHAT PREVIOUS SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS SAY ABOUT THE NATIONAL APSE CONFERENCE

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"Therap places high value on our ability to sponsor and exhibit at APSE National events and our relationship as an APSE Strategic Partner. The ability to share and learn in this front edge group of leaders in Integrated Employment helps us get smarter, and gives us a place to share the cutting edge work we are doing as well, and as comprehensive business tool focused on Employment Equity for All. Thanks APSE!”

Kevin Dierks - Therap Regional Director, Pacific Rim

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"As an exhibitor at the National APSE conference in June 2018, we were very pleased with the venue and reception from conference attendees with our products. There was significant interest in our new Pre-Employment Transition Solution curriculum and the attendees, including teachers, administrators, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, and employment providers, came to our table to learn more about this product. We had a fantastic response through being an exhibitor at this conference."

Janet Estervig, MS, RN - Attainment Company

Request for Proposals

2020 National APSE Conference: Request for Proposals Now CLOSED

There are many opportunities during the 2020 National APSE Conference for participants, presenters, practitioners, and peers to share ideas, topics and best practices that can move Employment First forward.

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2020 General Conference Tracks

-Innovative Practices

-Emerging Trends in Research and Public Policy

-Organizational Growth

-Grassroots Advocacy (Tuesday)

-Business Best Practices (Wednesday)

Important Dates for Presenters

Date
*Updated to March 2, 2019Notice emailed to presenters. Confirmation and registration is required by April 1, 2020. Early bird rates are offered to the first two presenters listed on the proposal.Presenters will either be accepted, put on a short wait list, or notified that their session was not accepted.
*Updated to April 1, 2020Presenters must accept their invitation. Selected presenters must be registered (first two presenters per session are eligible for early bird pricing).At this time, those who have not submitted thier acceptance and registered will be pulled from the 2020 National APSE Conference Schedule. 
May 1, 2020All presenters will be emailed with their date and time assignment via the Conference App. 
May 29, 2020All presentation handouts due in the app or email to info@apse.org/erica@apse.org 
June 16-20, 20202020 APSE National Conference
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**Submission of a proposal for APSE 2020 constitutes agreement by all presenters to register for the conference and adhere to all of the policies/guidelines outlined in the proposal submission form if the proposal is accepted.