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 25th Annual APSE National Conference

Livin' the dream...building the future for Employment First!

Dates:  July 1-3, 2014

Pre-Conference Day:  June 30, 2014

Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

You Spoke, We Listened.

Register online here - Regular registration ends on May 15

Download the Full Conference Brochure here

Download the Conference Breakout Sessions Chart here

Download the Conference Breakout Sessions Descriptions here

In Celebration of our 25th APSE National Conference Anniversary, we're rolled back the registration rates for you to attend APSE 2014!

APSE offers the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of integrated employment.  For the past 25 years, the National APSE Conference has brought together business and community leaders from across the country to network and focus on state-of-the-art strategies to ensure equitable employment for citizens with disabilities.  The 2014 APSE National Conference will be held in Long Beach, CA on July 1-3, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.  The conference location is accessible via three major airports:  Long Beach Airport, LAX Airport, and John Wayne/OC Airport.

Long Beach is one giant playground located right in the heart of Southern California. Here you can experience it all from a deep sea adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific right on the bay and a voyage in time aboard the historic Queen Mary to lively guided tours through downtown and the colorful East Village. Within an hour’s drive, you can explore the fabulous worlds of Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and every major Southern California attraction.

We hope you can join us in building the future for Employment First this summer in Long Beach, CA!  Think about extending your stay to enjoy the 4th of July in Southern California!

2014 Conference Highlights

Keynote Speakers:  Kevin Breel is a 20 year old writer, comedian, and mental health activist. In his emotional talk, Kevin Breel will speak from the heart about his story with depression, how it's impacted his life, and why he is ultimately grateful for it.

Pre-Conference Day:  Pre-Conference sessions will be held on Monday, June 30th.  Session topics include Employment Supports 101, Transition, Working with Veterans in Employment, Mental Health and Employment, Assistive Technology and Legislative Advocacy. 

Breakout Sessions:  This year’s conference will feature a wide array of high quality breakout & poster sessions on the latest innovations in employment for people with disabilities.  Featured sessions will focus on state-of-the-art practices in integrated employment in the areas of: Transition from school to work, Veterans, Mental Health, Autism,Organizational Change, Public Policy and Funding, Consumer, Family and Self-Advocacy, and more!  This year we have added numerous ”Open Space” discussions, providing valuable opportunities for sharing, discussion and  debate with conference attendees from around the world!

National Awards Dinner:  Each year APSE recognizes the “best of the best” at our annual Awards Dinner. Nominees from around the country will be honored and recognized for their work in advancing Employment First practices and policies in their company, community, state or nationally!

Exhibits:  Visit our exhibitors from across the country to check out the latest tools, products, and research for enhancing and expanding integrated employment.

Employer Leadership Forum:   A must attend event for all business leaders who are interested in learning from others about the benefits and logistics of hiring employees with disabilities. 

5th Annual APSE Town Hall:  Using an open discussion format, audience members will share ideas on how to keep the Employment First  movement going forward, and how we as a community can come together to deal with these challenging times.

Membership Breakfast:  Meet and talk with the National Board Members and APSE Foundation Board Members at the annual APSE membership meeting. Hear APSE’s Board President on the future of APSE, followed by a facilitated discussion on current and future APSE Initiatives. Questions are encouraged!

Students for APSE Track:  This track has been created specifically for transition-aged students who are interested in working in integrated jobs in their local communities. Take a tour of local business, learn about self-advocacy, identify your interests and passions, and learn from other individuals with disabilities.

CESP Exam:  Become a member of an elite group—the Certified Employment Support  Professionals! Sit for the CESP exam on June 30th (morning or afternoon).

Karaoke:  Here’s your chance to be the next Hollywood Star!  Share the excitement of the last evening of the conference with your fellow attendees.  There will be a cash bar, dancing and karaoke for all!



View APSE 2013 Conference Video Here!  APSE would like to thank Chris Davies for writing and performing the APSE theme song, 25! We would also like to thank the music accompanists: Julie Wilcox and Kurt Jorgenson.




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