Skip Navigation  |  Comments & Suggestions  |   Join the E-Mail List  | Jobs |  Ask Us   
APSE Banner

AL-APSE Regional Meeting, March 28, 2018 10:00—12:00

Employment First in Alabama — Are We Making the Grade? (Training Flyer)

ADRS Office—Mobile, 2419 Gordon Smith Drive

To register electronically:

Email Questions to: or

AL-APSE The Independence Newsletter Winter 2018: Volume 4, Issue 11

Winter Newsletter 2018

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 2018 Conference | Keynote Spotlight | Board of Directors | Training Events | Happy Workplace | AL-APSE Awards

AL-APSE & ACDD 2018, JUNE 13 -15, 2018

The 2018 Alabama APSE & Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities Conference will be held June 13-15, 2018 in Birmingham at the Hyatt Regency/Wynfrey Hotel.

2018 Opening Keynote Marti MacGibbon

A compelling speaker and storyteller, Marti delivers high-energy presentations on overcoming adversity, addiction and recovery, and inspiration, with humor and a genuine, down-to-earth style. She's experienced critical situations that no human being should have to face.In the past, she hit rock addict, was homeless, and was trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime. Her story of triumph is testimony to the power of the human spirit.

Read the Winter Newsletter (PDF)


3-Day Certificate-Based Job Coach/Supported Employment Customized Employment Training April 11 - 13, Montgomery

Please see the attached flyer regarding the next session of Customized/Supported Employment training scheduled for April 11 - 13 in Montgomery. The training is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Department of Mental Health. There is no registration fee to attend. Prior attendees should not register.

Feel free to contact Tina Dortch at (334)293-7257,; or Byron White at (334)353-7713,, if you have questions.

To register electronically:

Employment First PowerPoint GIFTS Conference

To access the PowerPoint from the Employment First PowerPoint GIFTS Conference, click here (PPT).

2018 AL-APSE & ACDD Conference (June 13 - 15)

2018 ConferenceThe 2018 Alabama APSE & ACDD Conference has been confirmed for June 13-15. This year's event will be held in Birmingham at the Hyatt Regency - The Wynfrey Hotel, located at 1000 Riverchase Galleria. Alabama APSE became recognized chapter of the National APSE Organization in 1998 and our first conference was held in 1998 at the Alta Vista Hotel in Birmingham with just over 100 attendees. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Alabama APSE. We are returning to Birmingham to celebrate this milestone. Alabama APSE values and appreciates the co-sponsorship of the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities for many of our successful conferences. We are again excited to co-sponsor the 2018 event.

The registration form is attached. You are encouraged to register electronically. However, we will gladly accept paper registration forms as well. Please note on page 3 of the registration form, multiple options for registering electronically.

Please note the following:

  1. If you are registering to attend the conference and paying by Check or Credit Card, please click this link: We accept multiple credit cards. Checks should be mailed within 10 days of registering to avoid cancellation!

  2. If you are registering via a Purchase Order, typically agency employees, etc., please click this link: Please include address of where to send invoice for payment when registering!

  3. A limited number of sponsorships will be available utilizing Consumer Involvement Funding. To request "consumer involvement funding" please register as a self-advocate and or family member/care giver by clicking link below: will also need to submit the Consumer Involvement Application Form found on page 4 of the attached registration form.

If you are unable to register electronically, please complete the conference registration form found on page 3 and submit by mail to AL-APSE, PO Box 240691, Montgomery, AL 36124. You can also scan and email to

A room rate of $96.00 per night is available. You are encouraged to reserve your room early as the block will fill up. The $96.00 room rate expires on May 22, 2018.

Conference Awards and Scholarships Information

AL-APSE 2018 Awards Description & Nomination Information - DEADLINE to Submit Nominations: May 4, 2018 (PDF)

2018 Chuck Sheehan Scholarship - DEADLINE for Application: May 1, 2018 (PDF | Word)

2018 AL-APSE Dinē Barclay Scholarship - DEADLINE: April 30, 2018 (PDF | Word)

AL-APSE 2017 Conference Handouts

To access handouts from 2017 AL-APSE & ACDD conference, click on the following link,

SELN Findings and Observations ReportState Employment Leadership Network

SELN Findings and Observations Report – Alabama

Alabama Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DMH/DD)
Site Visit Dates: Sept. 30th – Oct. 2nd, 2013
Report (first draft): January 2014
DMH/DD comments: January 2015
Report (final): February 2015

SELN Member State Agency: Alabama Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DMH/DD)

SELN Findings and Observations Final Report – Alabama (PDF)


Agencies partner to offer innovative Project SEARCH program

Project SearchSeeks to secure competitive employment for students with developmental disabilities

By Kristi Gates and Peggy Olson, Alabama Department of Mental Health Outlook

When 11 high school seniors in the Montgomery area leave for school each morning, they are actually going to Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery to participate in a unique school-to-work program called Project SEARCH.

Read the full text article.


AL-APSE Seeks Board Members

Al-APSE is currently seeking hard working members to serve on the Board of Directors. If you would like to become a leader within AL-APSE please submit your letter of interest with the following information to Beth Hanks and Byron White: Membership ID number and how you are connected to the enhancement of employment for people with most significant disabilities. The Board meets every other month via conference call with two face to face meetings per year - June and December generally. More information

The AL-APSE, The Network on Employment was formed in 1997 as a chapter of APSE, The Network on Employment. It is our goal to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons with disabilities through employment with supports (supported employment).

AL-APSE is a membership organization with members from all part of Alabama. This website is designed as a resource to: Facilitate Alabama's supported employment process for people with disabilities; Provide useful employment related information for Alabamians with disabilities; Encourage the hiring of people with disabilities on a statewide level.

AL-APSE, The Network on Employment

8228 Royal Oak Court
Montgomery, AL 36117

This site is made possible by a grant from the Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities