On the Job Training Program Gives Adults with Disabilities Competitive Skills, Passion for Work
Catherine Harris proudly shows off her freshly baked pastries in the kitchen of The Club before a catering event. "I love working here," she exclaims. "I learn more about baking a cake, cookies, and how to set-up for banquets. I love my new friends (coworkers)." Catherine is a trainee at The Club through the UCP of Greater Birmingham G.A.T.E. (Gaining Access to Employment) program, in partnership with Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, and Alabama Department of Mental Health. G.A.T.E. is a five-month long program that provides adults with disabilities an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience through strategic relationships with companies that have specific job needs. Read this article
Employment First, Real Jobs, Real Wages.
One in five people living in the United States have some type of disability. Alabama ranks near the bottom in competitive employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Employment First is a declaration of both philosophy and policy, stating that employment is the first priority and preferred outcome of people with disabilities.
Save the Date! 2016 Alabama APSE Conference
July 20 - 22, 2016 | Riverview Plaza Hotel | Mobile, Alabama | Announcement (PDF)
2016 AL-APSE & ACDD Course Outline
TARGETED AUDIENCE: Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, Rehabilitation Professionals and Etc.
The AL-APSE/ACDD Conference is intended to disseminate a wide variety of information that would be of interest to professionals in the disability arena as well as individuals with disabilities. For more information: Outline of Course Content: Word | PDF
CALL FOR PRESENTATION ABSTRACT
AL-APSE 2016 Conference: JULY 20 - 22
AL-APSE welcomes your proposal for a concurrent session on a current and relevant topic that will be of interest to professionals working in the disability field, individuals with disabilities, parents, SE personnel, program administrators, and rehabilitation personnel. Call for Presentation Abstract: Word | PDF
Email completed abstract to Beth Hanks at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 31st, 2016 (notify by April 30th, 2016).
REGISTRATION FORM - AL-APSE 2016
Registration Form & Hotel Information: PDF
AL-APSE Members: $210.00 Before June 30 (Must include Membership Number)
Non-AL-APSE Members: $240.00 Before June 1st
ADD $40.00 after June 30, 2016
Please contact email@example.com or 334-353-7713 to discuss ADA needs
Must request by June 15, 2016
Cash Award Opportunity $$$
Alabama APSE 2016 Presents the AL-APSE Outcome Award
Your opportunity to showcase an outstanding outcome for an individual or family as a result of you or your agencies support. The Alabama APSE Chapter invites you to put on your Director's Cap, grab your video camera and spotlight an individual and/or family whose life has been impacted positively as a result of your efforts. The deadline to submit your video is June 1, 2016.
Read more about the AL-APSE Outcome Award (PDF)
You can email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Employment Leadership Network
SELN Findings and Observations Report – Alabama
Alabama Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DMH/DD)
Site Visit Dates: Sept. 30th – Oct. 2nd, 2013
Report (first draft): January 2014
DMH/DD comments: January 2015
Report (final): February 2015
SELN Member State Agency: Alabama Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DMH/DD)
SELN Findings and Observations Final Report – Alabama (PDF)