The Club through UCP of Greater Birmingham

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

Save the Date 2016 AL 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


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 beth.hanks@rehab.alabama.gov no later than March 31st, 2016 (notify by April 30th, 2016).


Conference Registration FormRegistration 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 byron.white@mh.alabama.gov or 334-353-7713 to discuss ADA needs
Must request by June 15, 2016



Cash Award Opportunity $$$

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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 alabamaapse@aol.com.

State Employment Leadership Network

SELN Findings and Observations Report – Alabama

SELN Findings and Observations Report 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)

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