Legislative Advocacy Center
Welcome to the APSE Legislative Advocacy Center
Below you will find the latest information on policy undertakings, as well as tips, tools, and contact information for your legislators.
The diversity and strength of the disability community, our advocates, and supporters are the greatest contributors to our collective success and we must be vigilant and strategic in our efforts to preserve the many hard-fought-for achievements we now enjoy while working hard to achieve fair pay and inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities.
Join us in our advocacy efforts. If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, we will achieve Employment First in every state!
Advocacy in Action
Stay abreast of threats to Employment First and progress. Join APSE and receive the timely delivery these alerts and more delivered to your inbox.
On behalf of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), I write in support of your introduction of the Disability Employment Incentive Act of 2018. We commend you for your leadership in championing disability employment in the Senate.Read More
Statement Regarding the Department of Education’s Notice to Revise the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Regulations
The Collaboration to Promote Self Determination (CPSD), the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) are dedicated to…Read More
It’s Valentine’s Day, which is a day to celebrate the things and people we keep close to our heart. With a bill to amend the…Read More
A Statement from APSE on the Proposed ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 If passed the act would chip away at the rights of…Read More
APSE believes that it’s important to make your voice heard –that effective advocacy goes beyond just finding your voice.Read More
Now is the time to get ready. Now is the time to become active in the advocacy efforts. Now is the time to prepare for the work we will need to do to stop this bill in the Senate.Read More
Do you still remember how a bill becomes law?Read More
APSE's Message is Clear: Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Be Catastrophic for Americans with Disabilities and Agencies that Serve Them
After months of draft proposals, Congressional Republican leaders have made their move on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).Read More
Uncertainty is a dominant theme as we begin 2017. Whatever difficulties confront the integrated employment community, one thing will remain steadfast throughout 2017 and beyond…Read More
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.Read More
On August 1, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division released a number of items around implementation of the Workforce Innovation and…Read More
As a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), new restrictions on subminimum wage go into effect today, Friday July 22nd. The information…Read More
May 2016, Pennsylvania APSE Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania signed the Employment First Executive Order on March 10 giving his leadership team 120 days to…Read More
APSE’s Public Testimony to the Advisory Committee in Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID)
My name is Allison Wohl and I am the Executive Director of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE). We are a national membership…Read More
APSE Applauds Hillary Clinton for Calling for the End to Subminimum Wage and Calls On Other Candidates to Do the Same On Monday, former Secretary of…Read More
Action Alert: National Organizations Release Toolkit to Help Stakeholders Advocate for Strong Implementation of the Home and Community Based Services Settings Rule in Their States
January 25, 2016: Today the Bazelon Center, together with other disability and aging advocacy groups, issued a toolkit to help advocates push for strong implementation…Read More
Employment First Map
Check on the status of Employment First legislation in any state and contact the APSE chapter to ask questions or for updates. This map is a resource for everyone involved in the Employment First movement including: individuals with disabilities, family members, employers, employment providers, state vocational rehabilitation staff, state developmental disability staff, educators, policymakers, researchers, and general community members.
Thank you to David Hoff (Program Director, Institute for Community Inclusion, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, University of Massachusetts, Boston) and Derek Nord (Director, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University, Bloomington) for their commitment to building and maintaining this resource!
Tools for Advocacy
Be a champion for Employment First! APSE is here to support you with the step-by-step guidance and facts you need. Many of APSE’s Action Alerts above link directly to easy-to-use templates, too.
New to Employment First or Advocacy? This document gives you the all the background you need on the issue and planning your legislative outreach.
If you’re familiar with the issues and want a jumpstart on communications tactics, including social media and outreach to news outlets, this quick reference is what you need.
Want to brush up on your facts or leave them behind with legislator? This fact sheet provides explains the important relationship between Medicaid and Employment First and why a healthy Medicaid program is necessary for the success of people with disabilities.
Learn about the interconnections among programs and how Employment First depends on Medicaid.
The State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) has developed a comprehensive listing of documents as a resource for policymakers, advocates, and researchers. SELN identifies legislation, regulations, and policy directives on the implementation of Employment First. For more information on SELN, go to SELNhub.org.
Find Your Legislators
What are we missing? We want to hear from you – let us know if there are other tools you need to advocate for Employment First! Please email us at email@example.com.