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AL-APSE 2019 Conference

Employment 2020 The Vision is Clear 2020 Conference July 8-10 Montgomery

Conference Location: Renaissance Hotel & Spa 201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL

Registration Form: Registration Paper Form (PDF)

Electronic Registration Information:

You are encouraged to register electronically for this year’s conference. Please click on link below to register! http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=eq8in9eab&oeidk=a07egnqppf8fe2a5f00

Request for Proposals: Call For Presentaton Abstract (Word) Email completed abstract to Byron.white@mh.alabama.gov no later than April 15, 2020 (notify by May 1, 2020).

Exhibit Registration: We appreciate your past support and hope we can count on you this year to exhibit at our event or become a major sponsor. Exhibit Registration (PDF).

Awards Nomination: The 2020 AL-APSE Awards will be presented at this year’s conference scheduled for July 8-10 in Montgomery at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa. Awards Nomination Form (PDF)


2020 Scholarship Opportunities

2020 Chuck Sheehan Scholarship - These funds are available in the amount of $1500 to an individual with a disability. The Sheehan Scholarship will be awarded each year to an individual with a disability seeking higher learning. DEADLINE for APPLICATION is June 1, 2020! Chuck Sheehan Scholarship Application (Word)

Dine Barclay Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded annually to a self-advocate or their family member to attend the National APSE conference. DEADLINE for APPLICATION is April 15, 2020! Dine Barclay Scholarship Application (Word) Conference to be held in Denver, Colorado June 16-18, 2020. For conference information visit: www.apse.org


AL-APSE The Independence Newsletter Spring 2019: Vol. 4, Issue 14

Spring 2019 Newsletter INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 2019 Conference | Keynote Spotlight | CMS | Project SEARCH | AL-APSE

AL-APSE Conference 2019, JULY 10 - 12, 2019
EMPLOYMENT - IT TAKES A VILLAGE!

2019 Featured Speaker Denise Bissonnette

For those who support others to prepare for, enter, re-enter, and retain or change jobs within "the world of work", Denise Bissonnette is a beacon, a compass, a teacher, a mentor, and a colleague. She passionately inspires individuals to look beyond traditional notions of career & job development and, instead, help craft livelihoods that are rooted in the individual genius of each person. With a unique ability to bring people to the "heart" of their work, Denise opens up new insights about ourselves and the people we serve.

Denise has authored several outstanding publications on subjects that include creative job development, state of the art job search techniques, the cultivation of the human spirit, and how to "shine" on the job. Throughout North America, thousands of human services professionals are regularly challenged, inspired and affirmed through installments of her True Livelihood newsletter.

Read the Spring Newsletter (PDF)


The Club through UCP of Greater Birmingham

On the Job Training Program Gives Adults with Disabilities Competitive Skills, Passion for Work

Catherine Harris proudly shows off her freshly baked pastries in the kitchen of The Club before a catering event. "I love working here," she exclaims. "I learn more about baking a cake, cookies, and how to set-up for banquets. I love my new friends (coworkers)." Catherine is a trainee at The Club through the UCP of Greater Birmingham G.A.T.E. (Gaining Access to Employment) program, in partnership with Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, and Alabama Department of Mental Health. G.A.T.E. is a five-month long program that provides adults with disabilities an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience through strategic relationships with companies that have specific job needs. Read this article


Employment First, Real Jobs, Real Wages.

One in five people living in the United States have some type of disability. Alabama ranks near the bottom in competitive employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Employment First is a declaration of both philosophy and policy, stating that employment is the first priority and preferred outcome of people with disabilities.


State Employment Leadership Network

SELN Findings and Observations Report – Alabama

SELN Findings and Observations Report 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)