Overview NJ APSE

New Jersey APSE became a chapter in development when a small group of representatives with a goal for improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities got together on October 28, 1991 at a meeting facilitated by Rebecca McDonald and Ellen Nalven. One year later, after completing the formulation period, NJ APSE became one of the first five APSE chapters and started planning the first NJ APSE conference, Facing the Future: Innovation and Improvement in Supported Employment, which was held on March 11-12, 1993.

NJ APSE remains one of the strongest APSE chapters, continues to hold the annual Facing the Future Conference, and is comprised of vibrant, passionate, enthusiastic members committed to the APSE mission and goal of equitable employment for people with disabilities.

Our Mission

To advance equal employment for people with disabilities.

To accomplish this mission, NJ APSE:

  • Provides advocacy and education concerning the value of employment (Real Work for Real Pay)
  • Works to expand employment opportunities
  • Promotes best practices that result in services leading to employment
  • Drives state and local legislation and policy that leads to social and economic advancement

National APSE

APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization, founded in 1988 as the Association for Persons in Supported Employment, now known as APSE.

APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Our new initiative, HR Connect, offers consultation services to help businesses reach out to and partner with one of the strongest labor and customer pools in the country: the disability community.

APSE has chapters in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our members come from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as several foreign countries.

APSE supports the only annual national conference focused solely on the advancement of integrated employment.