You Spoke, We Listened.
Featuring 2009 Prices to Celebrate 25 years of the APSE National Conference!
APSE offers the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of integrated employment.
About Long Beach
The conference location is easily accessible via any of three major airports!
Consider extending your stay to enjoy the 4th of July in Southern California!
Long Beach is one giant playground located right in the heart of Southern California. Here you can experience it all from a deep sea adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific right on the bay and a voyage in time aboard the historic Queen Mary to lively guided tours through downtown and the colorful East Village. Within an hour’s drive, you can explore the fabulous worlds of Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and every major Southern California attraction.
2014 Conference Highlights
Keynote Speakers: Kevin Breel is a 20 year old writer, comedian, and mental health activist. In his emotional talk, Kevin Breel will speak from the heart about his story with depression, how it's impacted his life, and why he is ultimately grateful for it.
Pre-Conference Day: Pre-Conference sessions will be held on Monday, June 30th. Session topics include Employment Supports 101, Transition, Working with Veterans in Employment, Mental Health and Employment, Assistive Technology and Legislative Advocacy.
Breakout Sessions: This year’s conference will feature a wide array of high quality breakout & poster sessions on the latest innovations in employment for people with disabilities. Featured sessions will focus on state-of-the-art practices in integrated employment in the areas of: Transition from school to work, Veterans, Mental Health, Autism,Organizational Change, Public Policy and Funding, Consumer, Family and Self-Advocacy, and more! This year we have added numerous ”Open Space” discussions, providing valuable opportunities for sharing, discussion and debate with conference attendees from around the world!
National Awards Dinner: Each year APSE recognizes the “best of the best” at our annual Awards Dinner. Nominees from around the country will be honored and recognized for their work in advancing Employment First practices and policies in their company, community, state or nationally!
Exhibits: Visit our exhibitors from across the country to check out the latest tools, products, and research for enhancing and expanding integrated employment.
Employer Leadership Forum: A must attend event for all business leaders who are interested in learning from others about the benefits and logistics of hiring employees with disabilities.
5th Annual APSE Town Hall: Using an open discussion format, audience members will share ideas on how to keep the Employment First movement going forward, and how we as a community can come together to deal with these challenging times.
Membership Breakfast: Meet and talk with the National Board Members and APSE Foundation Board Members at the annual APSE membership meeting. Hear APSE’s Board President on the future of APSE, followed by a facilitated discussion on current and future APSE Initiatives. Questions are encouraged!
Students for APSE Track: This track has been created specifically for transition-aged students who are interested in working in integrated jobs in their local communities. Take a tour of local business, learn about self-advocacy, identify your interests and passions, and learn from other individuals with disabilities.
CESP Exam: Become a member of an elite group—the Certified Employment Support Professionals! Sit for the CESP exam on June 30th (morning or afternoon).
Karaoke: Here’s your chance to be the next Hollywood Star! Share the excitement of the last evening of the conference with your fellow attendees. There will be a cash bar, dancing and karaoke for all!