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Policy & Advocacy

APSE’s Public Policy staff work with other advocacy organizations, Congress, and the Administration to ensure our national policies meet the goal of improving integrated employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Important issues such as the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, Social Security Ticket-to-Work, and others are overviewed to keep our readers up to date on the workings (or lack thereof) of Congress and the Federal agencies regarding employment for individuals with disabilities. APSE staff advocates ensuring that… Everyone Can Work!

Over the past 25 years, APSE has pursued specific legislative and policy changes that include:

  • Promoting employment opportunities for all people, through local, regional, and national networks.
  • Placing an Employment First presumption in major disability laws.
  • Increasing reimbursement for providers who achieve employment outcomes at minimum wage for individuals with disabilities, particularly from Medicaid funds.
  • Advocating with federal, state, and local legislators for legislation promoting integrated employment.
  • Working with federal, state, and local policy makers to increase funding for integrated employment.
  • Raising awareness within the business community as to the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
  • Requiring that public programs blend and braid resources on behalf of those with significant disabilities.
  • Advocating for social change to help those with severe disabilities achieve a lifestyle that approximates that of individuals without disabilities.

Ryley Newport, Public Policy Associate
(541) 306-8037 (cell)
ryley@apse.org

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