2018 Conference

The Heat is On!

August 15-16, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa

The employment landscape for Iowans with disabilities is changing. Individualized integrated employment is becoming the preferred choice. As rehabilitation professionals, our goal is to develop services, strategies and supports to assist Iowans with disabilities to realize “real jobs with real wages”!

This statewide event is the only Iowa conference focused solely on the advancement of integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. The event draws together leaders from across the state and nation to network, as well as share state-of-the-art strategies to move the needle forward toward equitable employment for all citizens with disabilities. Based on past conference attendance, we anticipate over 150 participants including self-advocates and their families, local businesses, legislators, employment support professionals, and more, all of whom have a vested interest in moving integrated employment forward. Learn about the speaker line up!

Pre-conference information: Program & Session Handouts

Conference Rates:

Early (ends July 3) Regular Rate (July 4-August 3)
Conference Only Member $175 $195
Non-Member $225 $240
Pre-Conference Only Member $75 $75
Non-Member $90 $90
Both Conference & Pre-Conference

*Best deal!

Member $250 $265
Non-Member $300 $315

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will not be accepted after August 3rd and no refunds will be given.
You are able to transfer your registration to another individual within your agency before August 11th. If you selected a member rate, the individual you are transferring to must also be an Iowa APSE member.
6111 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50321

The hotel is $99 per room under the Iowa APSE block. The cut-off date to receive block pricing at the hotel is July 24, 2018.

Holiday Inn Airport, adjacent to the Des Moines International Airport, provides a prime location minutes from Des Moines City Center. Our unique Tropical Courtyard with indoor pool and whirlpool is always a favorite! If you are in town for business, we offer a wide array of amenities such as our new expanded fitness center, fridge and microwave, free WiFi and hard wired internet access in every room plus a 24 hour business center with computers, copy and print services. We are near prominent businesses such as Wells Fargo, Nationwide and Allied Insurance.

Leisure travelers love this hotel's proximity to area attractions like Blank Park Zoo and Iowa State Fairgrounds. Enjoy seeing an IMAX movie at the Science Center of Iowa, taking a day trip to Adventureland, seeing a sporting event or concert at Wells Fargo Arena or visiting students at Drake or Des Moines University. Shopping is only minutes away at Jordan Creek Town Shopping Center.

Enjoy the free airport shuttle and full service grill.

Book Online or Call for Reservations

Interested in exhibiting at the 2018 Iowa APSE Conference? Want to help sponsor the conference to support integrated employment?

The IA-APSE conference brings together over 150 participants from a variety of stakeholder groups.

Learn More and Sponsor Today!

Thank you to our sponsors:

How do I register?  Online.

What is included in my registration?  Registration includes all refreshment breaks, luncheons, breakout sessions, exhibitor trade show, and the Wednesday evening social and membership meeting.

What is the registration deadline and cancellation policy? The registration deadline is August 3, 2018.  An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations received on or before August 3. No refunds for cancellations after August 3.

What should I wear?  Attire is business-casual.  Wear layered clothing as regulating room temperature is often difficult.

What if I have a special need?  Please note any dietary needs or accommodations on your registration.

Where should I stay?  Room blocks have been reserved at the Airport Holiday Inn. The hotel is $99 per room under the Iowa APSE block. The cut-off date to receive block pricing at the hotel is July 24, 2018.

Can you tell me about this year's speaker line-up?  Sure can!
Will I be able to get CEU credits? Absolutely! We will have certificates available to be emailed after the conference.
What is the address again?
Holiday Inn - Airport

Learn about the speaker line-up for 2018!

Day 1: Wednesday, August 15
8:30am-12:30pm Pre-Conference - Tim Riesen discussing the ethics of Customized Employment
Iowa APSE will be offering 4 hours of CRC ethics CEUs for this session!
1:30-3:00 pm Welcome Address & Opening Keynote from Senator Tom Harkin
3:00-3:15 pm Break
3:15-4:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
4:15-6:30 pm Iowa APSE Meeting and Social (open to all!)
Day 2: Thursday, August 16
7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30-9:30 am Concurrent Sessions
9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45-10:45 am Concurrent Sessions
10:45-11 am Break
11am-12pm Concurrent Sessions
12pm-1:30pm Luncheon, Presentation of Awards, and Keynote
1:30-1:45 pm Break
1:45-3:15pm Concurrent Sessions

Iowa APSE is proud to honor those supporting Employment First in the state! We recognize those who are nominated and selected by the awards committee each year at the state conference.

The 2018 Conference has three awards categories:

Iowa APSE Professional Award (Individual Iowa APSE Member)

Description: To recognize an individual 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.

Iowa APSE Personal Achievement Award (Person with a Disability)

Description: To recognize an individual's personal achievement, through integrated employment or self-employment.

Dr. SueAnn Morrow Award (Iowa APSE Chapter Leader)

Description: To honor Dr. SueAnn Morrow’s contributions to Iowa APSE and the employment of persons with disabilities, this award is offered to Iowa APSE chapter leaders who demonstrate leadership, advocacy, and commitment to the mission and vision of APSE in their work within the Iowa APSE Board.

All Iowa APSE award winners will be recognized at the 2018 Iowa APSE Conference, and will receive a recognition plaque and prize!

Read more about the nomination process below. Please note all award nominations must be received no later than July 20, 2018.

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