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 info@apse.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.

Washington State Looks to End Subminimum Wage

February 27, 2019

Advocates in Washington State have been working to end Subminimum wage for people with disabilities by helping create and supporting legislation in the 2019 Washington…

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Subminimum Wage Hearing in Oregon

February 22, 2019

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, members of the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition (OSAC) – including APSE National Board Member, Ross Ryan – testified before the…

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Hearing on Employment First bill in Kentucky

February 19, 2019

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, APSE National Board member Katie Wolf-Whaley, and former APSE National Board Member Karen Lee, testified before the KY legislature this…

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116th Congress calls for the phasing out of 14(c), advances Competitive Integrated Employment

January 31, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 legislative season and the 116th Congress! It’s been a wild ride so far. Yet while January got off to a rocky…

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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.

  • Legislative Toolkit

    New to Employment First or Advocacy? This document gives you the all the background you need on the issue and planning your legislative outreach.

  • Guide for Self Advocates

    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.

  • Medicaid Puts People to Work Fact Sheet

    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.

  • Medicaid – Long Term Services & Supports, and Employment Fact Sheet

    Learn about the interconnections among programs and how Employment First depends on Medicaid.

  • Employment First Resource List

    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

Contact information for your elected officials is at your fingertips! Please note that many APSE Action Alerts link to template emails or scripts that make your outreach even easier.

Contact Your Senator

Contact Your Representatives

Contact Your State Legislators

Contact Your Governor

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 info@apse.org.