2021 Conference and Event

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

Save the Dates:

Monday, September 27th, 7-9 PM $20 per person

Smash Park West Des Moines

Join us for a night of fun at Smash Park! There will be yard games, drinks available, and snacks. We will be outside in West Yard. We can't wait to see folks in person that are comfortable.

Tuesday, September 28th, 9 AM - 1 PM $25 per person

Des Moines.

In-Person Gathering and Awards Ceremony in Des Moines
Free Virtual Option available


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

Seeking Virtual Presenters Now!

Job Coaches, Job Developers, Managers, Employers ... present this year at the Virtual Event!
What have you learned in the last year? What success have you found? Share with others!

Call for Award Nominations

We invite you to nominate professionals, employers, and self-advocates you would like to honor for their contributions to Employment First.

Please help us nominate the “best of the best” for an opportunity to be recognized.

Iowa APSE would like to 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.

You may nominate multiple individuals and individuals can be nominated for multiple awards. Self-nominations are accepted. To nominate, please use this link and answer a few brief questions about the nominee(s):


Nominations will be accepted through September 1st, 2021. Awards will be presented at the in-person chapter event on September 28th, 2021, and will receive a recognition plaque and prize.

We look forward to hearing about the great work being done to support Employment First across Iowa.

Respectfully, Iowa APSE Board


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 will be available soon!
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