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“Luis reminds us that work provides a purpose and places individuals in an environment where their capabilities are recognized. They just need the opportunity!”

Lorie and Luis (Arizona) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Lorie (Arizona)! Lorie Sandaine is an Arizona APSE leader and CESP credential holder. She and moved to Tucson Arizona from Washington state. In this APSE podcast, Lorie and National APSE’s Kari Tietjen speak about AZ APSE, NDEAM, and how Lorie found inspiration from her mother to do this work.

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“I’m making a difference for young adults to have an option of going to post-secondary education programs.”

Stirling (Vermont) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Stirling (Vermont)!

“I’m making a difference for young adults to have an option of going to post-secondary education programs.”

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“I always have believed in myself and knew I could do anything I want if I put my mind to it.”

Shannon (Washington) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Shannon (Washington)! Shannon is new to the field of employment supports, working out of the Northwest Center in Spokane. She has a background in Special Education and shares her experience with having a disability herself impacts her work.

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Don't let your disability define what you can do.

Brianna (Maryland) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Brianna (Maryland)! She works at Kennedy Krieger in Maryland, and shares her employment story with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer.

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Wade (Minnesota) – NDEAM2021

Wade is a business owner in Minnesota, running a handyman business. He speaks on the APSE podcast with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer. He now employes several employees, including four with…

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Wendy in California. Image of a woman in her 30s.

Wendy (California) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Wendy (California)!
“Employment is the key to independence.” Wendy works with the Helen Keller center and closely with Deaf/Blind individuals to support employment. Listen in to hear more about her experience coming to the United States.

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“Maricela was motivated from day one to reach her employment goals. She has also become a leader in teaching and mentoring new Project SEARCH®️ interns.”

Maricela (New York) – NDEAM2021

Meet Maricela (New York)! Maricela Perez joined the Project SEARCH®️ program at Jewish Senior Life in the fall of 2019. Previously, she had been working with another local community-based employment…

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Robert (New Jersey) – NDEAM2021

New APSE podcast! Meet Robert (New Jersey)!
“Employment First matters because everyone should be given the chance to work if they want to be more self-sufficient. It also gives the person who works the respect they deserve from society.”

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Frank (Michigan) – NDEAM2021

Meet Frank (Michigan)! Frank works at McDonald’s in Michigan, starting with cleaning and taking out the trash at McDonald’s. Now he is cross-training on the grill and will learn to…

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Angela (Ohio) – NDEAM2021

Meet Angela Pinson, with Buckeye Community Services in Ohio! She’s a Certified Employment Support Professional™ and works directly with people with disabilities. Listen to a podcast with Angela and National APSE’s Kari Tietjen.

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Nicholas (Ohio) – NDEAM2021

Meet Nicholas (Ohio)! “I am grateful to be going to work this morning. I enjoy going to work and I am always in uniform.” Nicholas is a receiving clerk, responsible…

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Download the APSE Media Kit which includes images and information. What is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? NDEAM is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions…

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October is National Disability Awareness Month

There are many opportunities for APSE members and state chapters to get involved! APSE will be sharing stories of competitive, integrated employment (CIE) from across the country via social media…

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Awareness is Good, Action is Better: APSE’s Approach to National Disability Employment Awareness Month

While we certainly want to raise awareness and celebrate the strides we’ve made on the Employment First front, we also think it’s important to keep things in perspective.

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