Advocacy Toolkit and Tools

Employment First – A Guide for Self Advocates and Families

This easy-to-use guide to advocate for Employment First was adapted from the APSE Legislative Toolkit. Thanks to Eric Matthes, President of People First of Washington for his assistance in creating this resource. The links within the document will take you to publications and resources that help you develop better advocacy strategies to make Employment First a reality.

Civic Engagement Toolbox for Self-Advocates

From our colleagues at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, click here to access plain language resources for better understanding the law-making process, contacting your elected officials, and creating your message.

The Basics and Tips on Measurement from the State Employment Leadership Network

The State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) is a network of 29 state intellectual and developmental disability agencies working together to improve employment outcomes for individuals. SELN has created several helpful resources including a primer on the basics of employment first and recommendations on how to measure success.

The State of Employment First

Developed by APSE Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs Derek Nord and David Hoff, the Employment First Map shows Employment First progress across the country.