Second Annual Employment Matters Conference

April 24, 2013


Massachusetts APSE  held its second annual “Employment Matters!”  in Worcester at the College of the Holy Cross.   Over 150 participants attended this daylong event.   

Keynote Speaker:  Attendees were treated to an engaging and informative session with keynote speaker Carl Richardson.  Carl currently serves as the ADA Coordinator and Diversity Officer for the Massachusetts State House.  He collaborates with the Executive Brach, Legislature and state agencies that serve the disability community to make the State House fully accessible to all.  He is also the acting Chair for the Boston Disability Commission for the Mayor of Boston and works closely with the Commissioner of the Boston Disability Office to help make Boston more accessible.    As a person with a disability,  Carl shared his experiences and challenges  in regards to education, employment, and all aspects of daily living. 

Morning Breakouts:

  • Job Development- Two Strategies of Impact- Client Based and Business Based

  • Best Practices in Transition

  • Taking Networking to a New Level: Using Social Media

  • Benefits Are Not a Barrier

  • The Status of Employment in Massachusetts: Opportunities and Challenges

 Lunch Program 


  • Job Developer of the Year

    • Rebecca Lynch, The Price Center, Newton MA

  • Employer of the Year

    • VERC Enterprises Inc., Duxbury MA

  • State of the State (and the Nation) on Employment of people with Disabilities

    • National APSE National Board President David Hoff brought the audience up to date on National Policy Issues affecting the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities.

Afternoon Breakouts:

  • Massachusetts DEI: Expanding Opportunities for job Seekers with Disabilities

  • Technology for Employment Success

  • I’m going to College: Expanding Post- Secondary Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

  • Job Developer Networking Groups: A Resource for Employment Success

  • Project Search: Innovative Transition Program in Central Massachusetts

Here are but a few of the comments participants made in their conference evaluations:

“Loved the Keynote Speaker!”.....”Great Choice for the Employer of the Year”…..   “Excellent Conference – I Will Return Next Year”…..  “Great Job- Great Teamwork!”


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