2014 Conference Highlights
Keynote Speakers: Our keynote speakers included Ray Bradford, nationally recognized advocate for diversity and access within the film and television industry; David Hoff, National APSE President; and Jenni Gold, Director of CinemAbility.
Breakout Sessions: This year’s conference featured a wide array of high quality breakout & poster sessions on the latest innovations in employment for people with disabilities. Featured sessions focused 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 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 were 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!
5th Annual APSE Town Hall: Using an open discussion format, audience members shared 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 were available for conference attendees during the conference.
Membership Breakfast: APSE Members heard 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 took a tour of a local business, learned about self-advocacy, and networked with other individuals with disabilities.