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Customized– Supported Employment Certificate-Based Job Coach Training

September 16 – 18, 2015
Location: The Hyatt Regency/Wynfrey Hotel
1000 River chase Galleria
Birmingham, Alabama
Training Flyer (PDF)

Presenters: Vicki Brooke, M.Ed Special Education & Jennifer McDonough, M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling

This training is appropriate for all new job coaches, and other professionals working for community rehabilitation programs, mental health agencies, schools, and others interested in supported/customized employment. This training is dedicated to making job coaches and other placement professionals more successful in achieving employment outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities. Should registrations/applications exceed 50, priority will be given to community rehabilitation and provider agencies funded by the Alabama Department of Mental Health and affiliates of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. Others will be accommodated based on availability.

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September 2015 Regional Meeting

What Job Candidates Should Know About Employment Application Assessment Tests

September 18, 2015, 1:00 P.M.
1305 James I Harrison Parkway
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Training Flyer (PDF)

Presenter: Anna Doeren-Taylor Business Relations Consultant State of Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

The rise of automated hiring through the use of personality tests and online assessments has increased significantly in the past five years. The days of a paper application without an assessment are long gone. Understanding why companies utilize online assessments and how they treat the data that applicants give them is key in preparing to take an employment test. "What job candidates should know about employment tests" will help crack the mystery behind these tests and give you the tools you need to ace that application!

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Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP)

Alabama APSE & National APSE are partnering to offer the first national certification program for Employment Support professionals!CESP logo

Friday, November 6, 2015 ( 9:00AM to 12:00pm)
Alabama Industrial Development Training Center
1 Technology Court Montgomery, AL 36116

CESP Flyer (PDF) & CESP Exam Application (PDF)

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2016 Conference Save the Date

Save the Date! 2016 Alabama APSE Conference

July 20 - 22, 2016
Riverview Plaza Hotel
Mobile, Alabama
Announcement (PDF)





SELN Findings and Observations ReportState 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)

Agencies partner to offer innovative Project SEARCH program

Project SearchSeeks to secure competitive employment for students with developmental disabilities

By Kristi Gates and Peggy Olson, Alabama Department of Mental Health Outlook

When 11 high school seniors in the Montgomery area leave for school each morning, they are actually going to Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery to participate in a unique school-to-work program called Project SEARCH. Read the full text article.


AL-APSE Seeks Board Members

Al-APSE is currently seeking hard working members to serve on the Board of Directors. If you would like to become a leader within AL-APSE please submit your letter of interest with the following information to Beth Hanks and Byron White: Membership ID number and how you are connected to the enhancement of employment for people with most significant disabilities. The Board meets every other month via conference call with two face to face meetings per year - June and December generally. More information

The AL-APSE, The Network on Employment was formed in 1997 as a chapter of APSE, The Network on Employment. It is our goal to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons with disabilities through employment with supports (supported employment). AL-APSE is a membership organization with members from all part of Alabama. This website is designed as an Internet resource to:

  • Facilitate Alabama's supported employment process for people with disabilities
  • Provide useful employment related information for Alabamians with disabilities
  • Encourage the hiring of people with disabilities on a statewide level
Employment Opportunities
Post your job announcements here.


Best Practices

Visit our Lending Library for resources on Best Practices in Supported Employment

AL-APSE, The Network on Employment

8228 Royal Oak Court
Montgomery, AL 36117

This site is made possible by a grant from the Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities