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Employment First Champion

placeholder imageAn Employment First Champion is someone who goes above and beyond in supporting talent despite any perceived barriers to opportunities and possibilities. This person may or may not be a professional in the field. This person in every capacity is a leader and encourages those around them to see the potential in all people.

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Employment First is...

  • The belief that all citizens, including individuals with significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. (DOL, ODEP)
  • The belief that employment in the general workforce should be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities. (APSE)
  • The right to competitive integrated employment.
  • The right to earn a living.
    Real jobs for real pay.

    “Employment First is the next chapter in the civil rights of people with disabilities” – APSE

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Professional Development Opportunities

As a professional in the field of supporting people with disabilities, you know that there is constant change and movement. Be sure to keep on track and ahead by developing your skills, as well as knowledge. Two ways in which you can further your professional development are by obtaining the Basic Certificate in Employment Services (ACRE) or becoming a Certified Employment Support Professional (APSE). In Pennsylvania, there are requirements for professionals such as those delivering employment services and community participation through state waivers to have one of these in order to render services.