Membership: You are a strong and integral part of the Employment First movement

APSE is the national voice for Employment First. Our members work to make inclusive workplaces, fair wages, and benefits, and the dignity of a job well done a reality for people with physical, mental health, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. We will create fair wages and inclusive work opportunities for all people with disabilities through changes in policy and partnerships with employers.

APSE offers a range of memberships for individuals and organizations. Through membership, you gain timely information, tools, and support that help make you the strongest advocate possible.

Join APSE and you'll find:


The support of colleagues working to build toward the same goal makes the APSE Movement stronger.


APSE is an environment filled with the latest news and strategies. Find best practices for businesses and employment service providers.

Events & Learning

Join us for extraordinary professional development opportunities and expert guidance on policy and advocacy.

All of our memberships include the following benefits:

Adding your voice to the Employment First movement, to ensure that people with disabilities are paid a fair wage and are an important part of the local integrated workforce in every community

Access to the organization’s leaders, experienced practitioners, and like-minded advocates for inclusive employment at the state and national level

Access to webinars that delve deeply into the issues that impact our community right now

Information-packed monthly in e-newsletters that include important federal policy updates, news from the business community, state chapters, best practices, and more

Voting rights in APSE elections

World-class research and best practices through our Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation

Priority and discounts for professional development opportunities to help advance your career in the field of Employment First, including regional institutes and eLearning courses on the specific challenges of providing equitable, inclusive employment

Discounted rates to the premier conference on Employment First, APSE’s yearly conference, where advocates gather to learn from and inspire one another


We welcome anyone as a member who believes in APSE's mission of Employment First.

  • Direct or Employment Support Professionals assisting people with disabilities transition to inclusive employment settings
  • People with disabilities and their family members
  • Educators
  • Policymakers at every level of government
  • Large and small employers interested in accessing the large and talented labor pool of people with disabilities
  • Students (APSE offers a student membership rate for transition-aged students)
Three people carrying a flag saying "Celebrate Employment For All" walking down the street.