2019 Conference

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September 16-17, 2019 in West Des Moines, Iowa

September 16 – Pre-conference from 9am-12pm
September 16 – General Conference begins at 1:30pm with an attendee social at 4:30pm
September 17 – General Conference from 7:30am to 3:30pm
Tentative Schedule of Speakers

Registration is now Closed.

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.

Learn about the 2018 conference, or find details for the 2019 conference below!

Conference Rates:

    Regular Rate (through September 6)
Conference Only Member *Code required $195
Non-Member $240
Pre-Conference Only Member* Code required $75
Non-Member $90
Both Conference & Pre-Conference *Best deal! Member $265
Non-Member $315

Registering a Group?

When you register a group of 4 from your organization, register the 5th for free! Register 4 individuals, then email Iowa APSE to receive your discount code for a 5th, free individual!

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will not be accepted after August 26th and no refunds will be given.
You are able to transfer your registration to another individual within your agency before September 6. If you selected a member rate, the individual you are transferring to must also be an Iowa APSE member.
Sheraton West Des Moines
1800 50th St
West Des Moines, IA 50266
The hotel is $114 per room under the Iowa APSE block. The cut-off date to receive block pricing at the hotel is August 26, 2019.
Book Online or Call for Reservations

How do I register?  Online here!

What is included in my registration?  Registration includes all refreshment breaks, luncheon, breakout sessions, exhibitor access, and the Monday evening social (and comedian!) and membership meeting (if you are an APSE member).

What is the registration deadline and cancellation policy? The registration deadline is September 6, 2019.  An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations received on or before August 26. No refunds for cancellations after August 26.

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. Email iowa.apse@gmail.com with any questions!

Where should I stay?  Room blocks have been reserved at the West Des Moines Sheraton. The hotel is $114 per room under the Iowa APSE block. The cut-off date to receive block pricing at the hotel is August 26, 2019.

Can you tell me about this year's speaker line-up? Absolutely. We want attendees to see the line-up and get excited for the conversations to be had! Check out the schedule here.
Will I be able to get CEU credits? Absolutely! We will have certificates available to be emailed after the conference worth 8.5 CE hours. We have been approved for CRC Credits, including 3 hours of ethics credits for the pre-conference, and 1.5 ethics hours for a session about disability disclosure. 
What about CESP? While CESP credits for Continuing Education (CE) are not pre-approved, sessions do align with CESP content and documentation of attendance will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to submit this for credit for CESP recertification.

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 2019 Conference has three awards categories:

This year the award winners will be presented at the luncheon on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019. All award winners will need to be present at the luncheon, nominators of selected winners will be notified by September 6th, 2019.

Nominations will be accepted through August 25th.

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): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/28ZWKLP


Please help us recognize the “best of the best” for an opportunity to be recognized. Award winners will receive recognition at our annual summit, including a recognition plaque and prize.  

Interested in exhibiting at the 2019 Iowa APSE Conference? Want to help sponsor the conference to support integrated employment? The IA-APSE conference last year brought together nearly 200 participants from a variety of stakeholder groups.

IA-APSE relies on our community and business partners to support this event. We invite you to review the following options to find the right level for your budget and time.

Learn More and Sponsor Today!


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors:


Iowa DD Council. Preparation, Participation, Power.
University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Center for Disabilities and Development.
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