All people with disabilities should have opportunities to work. Public dollars should be used to pay for supports for people to work in the community.
APSE members are the foundation of advocacy for integrated employment.
There truly is strength in numbers at local, regional, state-wide and national levels.
Each year APSE Missouri elects new board members to help accomplish our mission and vision. Comprised of thirteen elected board members and two appointed ex-officio members, Missouri APSE’s Board of Directors works diligently throughout the year on many priorities.ll people with disabilities should have opportunities to work. Public dollars should be used to pay for supports for people to work in the community.
LeDerick is a dynamic spoken-word poet, an inspiring motivational speaker and a determined advocate for all people with disabilities. Diagnosed with a learning disability in the third grade and as the grandson of one of New Jersey's most prominent civil rights leaders, LeDerick uses his gift for spoken-word poetry as the gateway to larger discussions on equal opportunity, pride, self-determination and hope for people with disabilities. In 2016, LeDerick and co-author Margo Vreeburg Izzo, PhD, The Ohio State University, released the book Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success-the definitive compendium on transition support for students with LD / ADHD and other hidden disabilities-published by Brookes Publishing Co. You can learn more about him and his work at www.lederick.com.
Chris is a PhD student and instructor for the Succeed Program-a postsecondary program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is also a community educator/organizer with over fifteen years of experience. He cut his teeth in community organizing through joining the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), where his organizing efforts centered on the environmental movement, namely the abolition of mountaintop removal. He holds training certificates from Missouri Jobs with Justice and Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), founded by the father of community organizing, Saul Alinsky. Chris currently organizes within the disability community. He is one of the founding members of the Coalition for Truth in Independence, a radical grassroots disability rights organization based in St. Louis, MO.
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APSE has always supported, and always will support, equal rights and fair treatment for everyone, both in the workplace and in the community. As our community has demonstrated time and again, voicing your dissatisfaction through peaceful protesting IS a powerful tool. Protecting that right is essential. APSE stands, proudly, in solidarity with those brave individuals currently engaged in peaceful protest against inequity, injustice, and racial disparity. #BlackLivesMatter
All people, regardless of what disability they have, have the right to work a job they choose and matches their skills and personal interests.
Public policies must support people with disabilities having real jobs. Money for services should be spent on people having jobs in the community.
42% of Medicaid funding pays for services and supports for individuals with disabilities.
Medicaid is the primary funder of employment services and supports for individuals with disabilities.
More than 75% of State Medicaid waivers offer supported employment services.
350,000 individuals with developmental disabilities are waiting for services.
Employment Services and Support
Access to Health and Medical Services
Personal Assistance Services
Peer Support Services
Targeted Case Management Services
Steep funding cuts to service systems and service provers for employment supports.
Rate cuts for service providers.
Further limits or complete lack of availability of long-term post-placement supports.
Under the current Block Grant and Per Capita Cap proposals, people with disabilities would be unable to receive the necessary services and supports for gainful employment and independent living.