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APSE believes in Employment First.

Real jobs for real pay for all people with disabilities.

Employment First Is

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People with disabilities have a right to jobs in an inclusive workplace and fair pay.

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Fair Pay

Real work for real pay. People with disabilities should be paid competitively.

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Everyone can and should have the opportunity to work and choose a career path.

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APSE and its members advocate for policies and practices that advance the goals of Employment First.

Advocacy & Professional Development Updates

Legislative Action Center Alerts

Policy work & advocacy opportunities, including:

Statement Regarding the Department of Education’s Notice to Revise the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Regulations

APSE strongly oppose any efforts by the Department of Education to weaken existing regulations implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, a bi-partisan statute that made clear that competitive integrated employment is a national priority for people with disabilities …


Updates on CESP™ testing & more:

CESP application opens for June 2019 testing on April 29.

Learn more about the process of exam development the Employment Support Professional Certification Council (ESPCC) is undergoing. Find more here.

Need more resources or have questions about the certification? You can find answers on the FAQ page here.

Education Updates

Diverse learning experiences, including:

From Workshops to Workplaces: Achieving the Goals of Employment First

Many service provider agencies want to change their business model but aren’t sure how to do it. This comprehensive eLearning course provides the best tips and strategies from experts in the field for transformation from a congregate service delivery model to integrated and community-based employment services …

APSE in Your Community

APSE — the Association of People Supporting Employment First

  • 3,000+ members and growing national non-profit membership organization
  • Chapters in 39 states and the District of Columbia, with members from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and several foreign countries
  • Members include individuals with disabilities, families, disability professionals, and businesses

APSE Established 1988

The only national organization to focus exclusively on inclusive employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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