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2015 National Conference


Employment First:  A Declaration for Independence

Date:  June 23-25, 2014

Location:  Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, PA

Discover Philadelphia

Keynote Speakers:  Opening keynote speaker Lt. Clebe McClary, a Vietnam Veteran and one of America’s most outstanding motivational speakers, his powerful message of courage, determination and dedication will inspire you to soar beyond limits. The closing keynote speaker will be Ms. Dani Bowman, a 19 year old animator, illustrator and autism advocate who’s presentation, “Yes We Can!!” will motivate others with disabilities to follow their dreams.

Breakout Sessions:  This year’s conference feature a wide array of high quality breakout & poster sessions on the latest innovations in employment for people with disabilities.  Featured sessions 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 will have numerous ”Open Space” discussions, providing valuable opportunities for sharing, discussion and  debate with conference attendees from around the world!

2014 Award WinnersNational 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!  Congratulations to the 2014 Award Nominee Winners!

Annual APSE Town Hall:  Using an open discussion format, audience members 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.

Exhibits:   The latest tools, products, and research for enhancing and expanding integrated employment will be available for conference attendees during the conference.

Membership Breakfast:   APSE Members will hear from Susan Rinne, APSE’s Board President, on the future of APSE, followed by a facilitated discussion on current and future APSE Initiatives.

Students for APSE Track:  This track was created specifically for transition-aged students who are interested in working in integrated jobs in their local communities. Students tour of a local business, learn about self-advocacy, and network with other individuals with disabilities.


APSE 2014 National Conference Photographs are now available to view and purchase at:

Photos are $6 and will be emailed as a JPEG image.  $1 will be donated to the APSE Foundation to provide conference scholarships to individuals with disabilities who would like to attend future conferences.  Please contact Robert Bruni, Photographer, at: for questions about purchasing photographs.

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