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About Iowa APSE

Iowa 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.

The Iowa APSE Chapter was formed to improve and expand integrated employment services and outcomes through supported employment for persons with disabilities. Supported Employment (SE) enables people with disabilities who have not been successfully employed to work and contribute to society. SE focuses on a person's abilities and provides the supports the individual needs to be successful on a long-term basis.

It allows people experiencing disabilities, their families, businesses, and their communities to experience the successes of people with disabilities. The partnership that SE has established between individuals experiencing disabilities and their communities is having a lasting impact on the way the public perceives people with disabilities. SE affords the public the opportunity to see the person for who they are rather than seeing the disability.

APSE is committed to Supported Employment and the impact it has on improving the quality of life of anyone associated with SE 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 SE, encourages service delivery based on sound values and ethics, and is actively involved in legislative and policy change for SE. To accomplish these goals, APSE was formed to provide a strong partnership with others who share this dedication to SE.

 

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