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24th Annual APSE National Conference - June 25-27, 2013
Race to Success - Employment Comes in First!
Pre-Conference Day - June 24, 2013
Regular registration ends May 24, 2013
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Happy 25th anniversary to APSE! APSE will be celebrating our 25th year as a national organization promoting the advancement of integrated employment for individuals with disabilities at this year’s conference! We are excited to invite you to our 24th annual conference with our host chapter, Indiana ASPE to celebrate our accomplishments in the great city of Indianapolis!
This year’s theme Race to Success: Employment Comes in First! embodies both our host state and where we are heading with Employment First around the country. 2013 has been dubbed the "year of the chapter". As we know, APSE has always been a grass roots organization and our chapters are critical to our success. In order to continue to move Employment First (and make sure it comes in first!) we need to really come together to support the work of our chapters! At the conference, we will have several presentations focused on chapter work and we encourage all members to participate and learn how to work with your chapter.
You won’t want to miss the pre-conference this year with presentations focusing on Job Development and Customized Employment, OFCCP Section 503 changes, Employment First initiatives, Technology, and National Public Policy Developments.
Opening our conference will be Handicap This, a provocative look at friendship, breaking down barriers, living with disabilities and most of all about living to your potential. This stage show is the true story of Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach! Allan Bergman will open our Town Hall meeting on day two and closing our conference is a fantastic speaker I heard at the Alabama APSE Conference (thank you Alabama!), John Riley who will help us focus on our “Year of the Chapter” by talking about how we can work together, with a positive attitude to bring about sustainable results.
Our tradition continues with our 24th Annual Awards Lunch where the best in the nation will be in the spotlight for their work in integrated employment. This year, we will honor another doctoral student with the “Got Mike! Educational Leadership” Award honoring Dr. Michael McAllister – this award includes a $1000 scholarship! In memory of our friend Dave Hammis, we have established the Dave Hammis Innovation Award. To honor Dave’s contributions to APSE and the employment of people with disabilities, this award is offered to individuals who demonstrate innovation in the area of technology, customized strategies, and/or self-employment for individuals with significant disabilities.
Our sessions this year highlight state-of-the-art practices in integrated employment, transition, public policy and funding, leadership and personal development, consumer, family and self-advocacy, and many hot topic open discussions! This year we have several presenters from other countries to add an international flair! We also will have our 2nd annual Students for APSE sessions focusing on middle and high school aged students with and without disabilities.
Once again, APSE will be holding two CESP exam sessions on Thursday June 27th which will pilot our version 2.0, so people who did not pass the first exam can take the exam again.
We invite you to join us in the race for an exciting conference that is sure to energize everyone and continue the Employment First conversation! See you in June!
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