APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization, founded in 1988 and is now known as Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE).
Virginia APSE is a growing organization with representation from all regions of the state. APSE members are supported employment professionals, supported employees, family members, employers, rehabilitations counselors, advocates and others with an interest in employment for persons with disabilities.
Membership is open to anyone who wants to be a part of a grassroots network committed to ensuring that supported employment continues to grow and improve. There are many more people who could benefit from supported employment, yet cannot access it. APSE provides a strong voice for support. Virginia APSE is a leader in Virginia supporting and promoting EmploymentFirst efforts across the state
The Virginia APSE Chapter was formed in 1989. Its mission is to improve and expand integrated employment services and outcomes through supported employment for persons with disabilities.
APSE is committed to EmploymentFirst and the impact it has on improving the quality of life of anyone associated with Supported Employment programs. In order to improve services and make them available to an increasing number of people who want or need job support, APSE provides technical assistance and education to people involved with EmploymentFirst, encourages service delivery based on sound values and ethics, and is actively involved in legislative and policy change for EmploymentFirst. To accomplish these goals, APSE was formed to provide a strong partnership with others who share this dedication to EmploymentFirst.