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

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It’s time to #ExpandABLE

July 30, 2018

Contact your member of Congress or U.S. Senators TODAY and ask them to cosponsor the ABLE Adjustment Act! #ExpandABLE Join APSE in supporting passage of…

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APSE’s Letter of Support for the Introduction of the Disability Employment Incentive Act of 2018

July 13, 2018

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.

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

May 17, 2018

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…

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If you love the Americans with Disabilities Act, it’s time to call your representative!

February 14, 2018

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…

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ASPE and CPSD oppose Medicaid work requirements

February 8, 2018

The majority of non-elderly, adult Medicaid recipients are already either working or are caregivers for family members. Medicaid work requirements are a thinly-veiled attempt to…

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A Statement from APSE on the Proposed ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

September 8, 2017

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…

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Get Your Game Face On: APSE Offers the Tools to Expand Your Advocacy Strategy

May 25, 2017

APSE believes that it’s important to make your voice heard –that effective advocacy goes beyond just finding your voice.

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House GOP Passes Bill to Gut ACA, APSE is Taking the Fight to the Senate

May 4, 2017

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.

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I’m Just a Bill…Effective Legislative Advocacy Starts with the Basics

April 25, 2017

Do you still remember how a bill becomes law?

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APSE's Message is Clear: Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Be Catastrophic for Americans with Disabilities and Agencies that Serve Them

March 20, 2017

After months of draft proposals, Congressional Republican leaders have made their move on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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The Affordable Care Act: Where Are We?

January 25, 2017

How Does the Affordable Care Act Benefit Americans with Disabilities?

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Strong Leadership for Uncertain Times: APSE Is Ready for 2017

December 28, 2016

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…

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

October 13, 2016

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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DOL Wage & Hour Division Releases Info Re: WIOA Section 511 and 14c Certificate

August 3, 2016

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…

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New Restrictions on Subminimum Wage Go Into Effect – July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016

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…

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PA APSE Response to the Pennsylvania Governor's Employment First Executive Order

May 31, 2016

May 2016, Pennsylvania APSE   Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania signed the Employment First Executive Order on March 10 giving his leadership team 120 days to…

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APSE’s Public Testimony to the Advisory Committee in Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID)

April 27, 2016

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…

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Hillary Clinton Calls for the End to SubMinimum Wage

March 29, 2016

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…

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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

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…

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HCBS Settings Rules – What You Should Know!

January 25, 2016

These rules are an important step forward in federal policy, supporting inclusion and integration of people with disabilities in the community. They build on decades…

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HCBS Settings Advocacy Abridged

January 25, 2016

Home and community based services (HCBS) provide opportunities for Medicaid participants to receive services in their own home and in the broader community. These programs…

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HCBS Regulations Q&A Heightened Scrutiny

January 25, 2016

This Q&A provides an overview of the requirements of 2014 federal rules that any setting receiving Medicaid home and community based services (HCBS) funding must…

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WIOA State Plan Status

January 25, 2016

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), states are required to submit a plan to the US Department of Labor by April 1, 2016.…

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WIOA Plan Review Guide

January 25, 2016

By David Hoff Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston   Overview The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was passed by the United States Congress…

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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.