The AL-APSE, Association for Persons Supporting Employment First is part of a 5,000-member
organization with chapters in over 31 states. APSE, The Network on Employment was formed to improve and expand integrated employment
opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons experiencing disabilities.
Supported employment enables people with disabilities who have not been successfully
employed to work and contribute to society. Supported employment focuses on
a person's abilities and provides the supports the individual needs to be successful
on a long-term basis.
The mission of the Alabama Chapter of APSE is to enhance innovative individualized employment opportunities,
promote careers, and improve the quality of life for individual with significant
disabilities by providing education, technical assistance and training, advocacy
and support to people, family members, employers, and employment specialists.
AL-APSE intends to encourage the development and expansion of employment with
supports through coordination, collaboration communication, and choice by way
of a team effort.
Provide training and technical assistance to persons involved in supported
Work with APSE, The Network on Employment to effect change in Federal, State and local government
by advocating and endorsing policies which enhance the employability of persons
with significant disabilities.
Provide a forum for agencies across the state to identify key issues and
to encourage inter-agency dialogue to address issues and concerns.
Advocate for the rights of persons with significant disabilities.
Provide information and education to the public and business community of
the value of full participation of individual with significant disabilities
in all aspects of community life.
Promote career planning land employment services throughout life.
Encourage persons with significant disabilities to be full partners in the
development, planning, and choice of life options.