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AFP Announces the Selection of APSE to Lead Employment First, Employment Now Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by maggie nygren   
Monday, 02 July 2012 14:18

July 2, 2012 (Washington, DC)

The Alliance for Full Participation (AFP), a consortium of national organizations in the developmental disability community, has awarded a two-year national cooperative agreement to APSE in support of the AFP’s employment vision of doubling the number of people with developmental disabilities in integrated employment by 2015.

Founded in 1988, APSE (formerly known as the Association for Persons in Supported Employment) is a national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The major activities of this project are to educate and inform relevant audiences and stakeholders on a national level, support state team activities, and to compile state-based data to report on the status of inclusive employment in the US.  APSE will also support existing state teams and the development of new teams.

“The cost-benefit planning that APSE plans to integrate into their project will be a powerful tool. Having hard return-on-investment data could be the tipping factor for systems change,” said board member Lisa Burck of NADSP.  Board member Jim Gardner of CQL affirmed that “ASPE has a clear strategy to connect local chapter expertise with state team needs in a manner that would develop personal connections and networks.”

The Alliance for Full Participation was founded in 2003 by a consortium of national organizations in the developmental disability community.  In 2005, the AFP hosted a national summit on the theme of Many Voices, One Vision.  In 2011 with the addition of a number of new national partners, a second national summit, Real Jobs–It's Everyone's Business, was held. This conference followed several years of work by teams representing multiple stakeholders working in their states to double the number of people with developmental disabilities in integrated employment by 2015.

More information about APSE can be found at www.apse.org

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 18:47
 
AFP Elects Four Self Advocates to Board PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carol Walsh   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 18:17

The Alliance for Full Participation (AFP) today announced the election of four At-Large Self Advocate members to its Board of Directors:  William Krebs, Julie Petty, Liz Weintraub and Betsy Valnes.

"We are very excited to welcome Bill, Julie, Liz and Betsy to our Board of Directors," said James F. Gardner, President and CEO of CQL| The Council on Quality and Leadership and chairman of AFP’s nominating committee. "The Alliance for Full Participation is centered on self advocates—our mission is to make the promise of inclusion, integration, productivity, independence and quality of life a reality in policy and practice.  We depend on our Board to determine our direction and it is critical to have the voice of Self Advocates clearly represented in this process.  These new Board members bring expertise, experience and good judgment in critical areas and are a great benefit to the Alliance.”   With their diverse networks, these four Board members will also significantly increase the Alliance’s outreach into the self advocate community.

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AFP Takes Stock of Activities to Double Integrated Employment by 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carol Walsh   
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 22:22

With the AFP Summit fast approaching, each founding organization took time recently to outline the activities they are taking in support of AFP’s goal to double integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by the year 2015.  "While the AFP Summit marks the midpoint in AFP's campaign, it's just three days in a five year campaign," said Renee Pientrangelo, ANCOR President and CEO.  "To reach our goal of doubling employment, our founding organizations are releasing a multitude of programs, policies and resources in support of increasing integrated employment.  Collectively, we maintain a fierce determination to ensure our goal is reached."  Among the activities being conducted by AFP's Partners: 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:40
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Senate Hearing Features AFP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carol Walsh   
Thursday, 05 May 2011 16:22
Recently, the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing on Improving Employment Opportunities for People with Intellectual Disabilities to a standing room crowd. Senator Harkin, in his opening remarks, stated, "Recognizing the scope and urgency of this issue, fifteen of the most significant organizations working with people with developmental disabilities have joined together to form the Alliance for Full Participation. The Alliance will hold a conference in November focusing on competitive, integrated employment, and will set a goal of doubling the employment participation rate of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities by 2015." Speaker Joan Evans, in her testimony on the work that Wyoming has done to help persons with disabilities find meaningful employment in a competitive and integrated work environments, identified the formation of a Wyoming AFP State Team as one of the Developmental Disabilities Division's strategies for improving competitive employment opportunities for persons with disabilities within their state.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2011 16:38
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AFP's Employment Goal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carol Walsh   
Monday, 28 February 2011 16:06

The Alliance for Full Participation (AFP) was established by 14 leading national associations committed to the full participation of people with intellectual disabilities in the community. In 2009, the AFP launched an initiative with a very specific goal:  to double employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by the year 2015.

AFP's Definition of Employment States:

Individuals with developmental disabilities want to work in integrated settings along with their non-disabled colleagues. They want to be afforded the same wages, benefits, and opportunities to advance in their careers, and contribute to society, and move out of poverty. To obtain equal access to employment, education must make transition from school to work a priority rather than an add-on, and adult service providers must work to remove barriers and support individuals in real jobs for real pay.

AFP's members and its state teams maintain a fierce determination to support all efforts to achieve AFP's goals

 


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