2021 Conference and Event

Iowa APSE will hold its annual conference a little differently this year like most things are and have been.

Tickets are available for $70, and up to 4 credit hours for in-person events! Limited to our capacity of 60 individuals.

Iowa APSE can suggest several hotels near Smash Park for this year's APSE festivities. These are walkable for Monday evening but you will need to drive Tuesday morning to DMACC.

Hyatt Place West Des Moines/Jordan Creek has a group rate of $109 with breakfast included.
Address: 295 S 64th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: (515) 223-4001


REGISTRATION INCLUDES Monday, September 27th, evening social from 7-9 PM at Smash Park West Des Moines. There will be yard games, drinks available, and snacks. We will be outside in West Yard.

Monday, September 27th, 7-9 PM at Smash Park West Des Moines

Tuesday, September 28th, 9 AM - 2 PM 

Des Moines.

In-Person Gathering and Awards Ceremony in Des Moines
Includes Networking and Lunch from In the Bag


FREE! Virtual Breakout Sessions Wednesdays in October
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - that's 2 sessions each date!
10/6, 10/13, and 10/20

Want to sit for your Certified Employment Support Professional™ Examination? We're hosting an examination on Monday, September 27th, 1-4pm in Des Moines.

CESP logo.Have you been an employment support professional for:

  • At least 9 months to a year?
  • Been working in community-based employment?
  • Supporting individuals with disabilities?

Consider earning your CESP Credential! Learn more at apse.org/cesp-central.

Apply with APSE on APSE Apply first, then you can sit for the exam.

Iowa APSE Awards

Iowa APSE recognizes annually professionals, employers, and self-advocates for their contributions to Employment First.

Awards will be presented at the in-person chapter event on September 28th, 2021.

Iowa APSE will honor those who have excelled in the following categories:

● Professional Award
Description: To recognize an IA-APSE member for outstanding state-of-the-art practices and professional achievements in Employment First as a Job Coach, Job Developer, Employment Specialist, or others in the profession.

● Personal Achievement Award
Description: To recognize the achievement of a person with a disability, through integrated employment or self-employment.

● Advocacy Award
Description: To recognize an outstanding advocate for the employment of individuals with disabilities in Iowa. An individual, family member, or professional may be considered.

● Employer Award
Description: To recognize an employer who practices inclusive hiring and who values the contributions of persons with disabilities in the workforce.


Learn More about National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2021

The theme for NDEAM 2021, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

NDEAM is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy.
An NDEAM poster is available:

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors for their support!

Iowa Total Care.
Disability Rights Iowa.
Amerigroup: An Anthem Company.
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