Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Employment

2019 APSE National Conference

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Gateway to Inclusive Employment

Celebrating 30 years of APSE
St. Louis, Missouri
June 17, 2019 – Pre Conference
June 18-20, 2019 – General Conference

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) is the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of Employment First. The APSE National Conference brings together over 1,000 community leaders, businesses, individuals and organizations impacted by Employment First – people with disabilities and their families, service providers, universities, rehabilitation counselors and state agency personnel. The conference focuses on state-of-the-art strategies to ensure equitable employment for all citizens with disabilities.

The APSE National Conference attracts key influencers and stakeholders representing employers, communities, agencies, and services. APSE members are the very people and organizations impacted by Employment First; citizens with disabilities, and their families, universities, rehabilitation counselors, agency personnel and service providers.

The National Conference is designed to provide actionable ideas, state-of-the-art programming, as well as tools, solutions, and technologies that will empower you to take directly back to your business, home and community to impact change. Come ready to learn, network, and do!

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Call for Presentations

Submission Deadline: Submissions must be completed by December 14, 2018, at 5 pm EST. Confirmation of receipt of a proposal submission will be emailed to lead presenter upon submission.

Before beginning your online submission, it is strongly suggested that you prepare the following information in the submission worksheet and then paste information into the online submission form.


2019 National Conference Call for Presentations Guidelines & Policies


The Call for Proposals Application form was online.

What Does Employment First Mean?

Employment First means that employment in the general workforce should be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly funded systems. Simply put, Employment First means real jobs, real wages.

Employment in the general workforce means regular jobs like everyone else in society: in typical work settings, working side-by-side with people without disabilities, earning regular wages and benefits and being part of the economic mainstream of our society.

APSE supports Employment First to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community.