“Employment First”: employment in the general workforce as the first and preferred outcome in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.
(APSE) Association of People Supporting Employment First
APSE leads in the advancement of equitable employment for citizens with disabilities.
Em Hillman owns Em's Coffee Co. in Independence, IA and exemplifies the purpose of workforce accessibility in #WIA. Em and her family are in Washington D.C. to watch the bill, which updates and improves the nation’s workforce development system, be signed into law at the White House. At her coffee shop, she employs six people, two of whom have disabilities. While in D.C., Em presented Senator Harkin with the APSE “Torch Award” for his lifelong work to ensure that people with disabilities have access to integrated employment and self-sufficiency. Click here to read more about how #WIA opens doors to the workplace for millions of Americans: 1.usa.gov/1w2ARBR (4 photos) ... See MoreSee Less
APSE is pleased to announce that President Obama is currently signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act and Rehabilitation Act through 2020. Please see the bill summary below – and stay tuned for further updates from APSE regarding the opportunities and impact of this new law! ... See MoreSee Less
APSE is pleased to let its members know that President Obama has just signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act and Rehabilitation Act through 2020. Please see the attached bill summary – and stay tuned for further updates from APSE regarding the opportunities and impact of this new law!
Comments are due this Thursday, July 17th regarding the rules for implementing President Obama’s February 2014 Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. Due to the advocacy efforts of APSE and other organizations, employees with disabilities who work for federal contractors were included within the Executive Order. But the work is not done!