About Massachusetts APSE 

Massachusetts APSE is a state chapter of APSE. Massachusetts APSE works to improve and expand supported employment in Massachusetts, enabling persons with disabilities to become employed in integrated community settings. Members include; professionals, citizens with disabilities, their family members, employers, and anyone interested in supporting the mission of the organization.

History

Massachusetts APSE, previously known as MAPSE, was started in 1991 by a small group of citizens with disabilities, service providers and state agency staff who wanted to make a difference in the employment of individuals with disabilities. Massachusetts was one of the first official state chapters in the country. A year later the organization held its first annual conference which has continued with the Employment Matters Conference 2013. Massachusetts APSE is a strong, vibrant organization with an ongoing commitment to the original Mission and Statement of Purpose, written over ten years ago.

 Mission

The mission of Massachusetts APSE is committed to providing resources to individuals with disabilities to assist in accessing integrated employment opportunities. Massachusetts APSE encourages the development and expansion of innovative employment options.

 Statement of Purpose

1. Massachusetts APSE provides training, support, resources, quality employment service options, and technical assistance to citizens with disabilities and service providers.

2.  Massachusetts APSE works with federal, state and local legislators to promote public policy benefitting integrated employment.

3. Massachusetts APSE provides resources and consultation to the business community focusing on recruiting, hiring, and retaining workers with disabilities.

4. Massachusetts APSE hosts an annual conference, which includes breakout sessions, awards presentation, trainings, and networking opportunities.

 

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