Missouri State Chapter of Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE-MO) held its annual Employment Summit: Advancing Employment, Expanding Our Skills the last week of July.

“It was great!” Director of ACT Career Services (ACS) Jessica Mahon exclaimed. “Abilities for Business, ACT and Columbia Employment Consortium all served as Gold Sponsors and were represented at the summit.”

This year’s attendance was a record breaking one for this event!  Over 200 people from around the state were registered.

Michael Bortolotto

Michael Bortolotto

Each year, APSE-MO hosts this summit to provide members with high quality professional training. This year’s lineup includes guest speakers Michel Bortolotto, the Positive Rebel, Bob Niemiec, from Griffin-Hammis, David Hoff, Past President of National APSE, and the Department of Justice

Also on the schedule is Employment University Only, a one day training that gives participants an overview of the employment process.

Bob Niemiec

Bob Niemiec

The sessions includes lecture presentations, interactive activities, discussions and group networking covering the following areas: History of Employment Services, Discovery and Exploration, Job Search and Building Business Partnerships, and Workplace Supports.

Formed in 1988, APSE has been dedicated to improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

As a national non-profit, its members include individuals with disabilities, their families, employment providers, funders, and employers.