What We Do

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Massachusetts APSE is a state chapter of APSE, the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst, a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to Employment First, a vision that all people with disabilities have a right to competitive employment in an inclusive workforce.



Massachusetts APSE, previously known as MAPSE, was started in 1991 by a small group of citizens with disabilities, service providers and state agency staff who wanted to make a difference in the employment of individuals with disabilities. Massachusetts was one of the first official state chapters in the country. A year later the organization held its first annual conference which has continued with the Employment Matters Conference 2013. Massachusetts APSE is a strong, vibrant organization with an ongoing commitment to the original Mission and Statement of Purpose, written over ten years ago.



The mission of Massachusetts APSE is committed to providing resources to individuals with disabilities to assist in accessing integrated employment opportunities. Massachusetts APSE encourages the development and expansion of innovative employment options.

Statement of Purpose

1. Massachusetts APSE provides training, support, resources, quality employment service options, and technical assistance to citizens with disabilities and service providers.

2. Massachusetts APSE works with federal, state and local legislators to promote public policy benefitting integrated employment.

3. Massachusetts APSE provides resources and consultation to the business community focusing on recruiting, hiring, and retaining workers with disabilities.

4. Massachusetts APSE hosts an annual conference, which includes breakout sessions, awards presentation, trainings, and networking opportunities.