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Arkansas APSE Conference 2022


August 31, 2022 11:30am

Location: Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Blvd, Hot Springs, AR 71901


The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas (GCDDAR) is a proud partner in the Arkansas Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) 2022 Conference. The GCDDAR is a member of the National Association of People Supporting Employment First and is active in its Arkansas Chapter.

APSE is the only 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. People with disabilities should not work sequestered in sheltered workshops, earning only pennies an hour. We want people with disabilities to enjoy the company of a wide range of coworkers, an opportunity for greater financial independence, and the ability to contribute to the economy. We provide our members with the tools, opportunities, and timely information needed to take action and build better workplaces through work with policymakers and employers. APSE is the national voice on workplace inclusion.

7th Biennial Employment First Conference
“Be The Light”
August 31-September 2, 2022
Hot Springs Convention Center


The 2022 AR APSE Conference is an in-person event held at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Lodging is available at the Hotel Hot Springs, call 1-877-623-6697 and use Conference Code – AR APSE.

For more information Contact: Shayla Alexander at 501-296-1652 or email


ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT ADVOCACY? The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) has a limited number of sponsorships available. Please let us know if you would like to attend the Arkansas Association of People Supporting Employment First conference later this year as a sponsored Self-Advocate. Sponsorships are first come-first serve, so please request yours as soon as possible! The conference runs from Wednesday, August 31st @ 11:30 – Friday, September 2nd @ 1:00. If you wish to attend, please contact or call Jamiya at 501-682-6890. This sponsorship will only cover registration and meals specifically provided for in the agenda (see list). Any / all other food and incidental expenses would be your responsibility. Travel would also be your responsibility. There is a possibility that AR APSE may arrange a shuttle to Hot Springs from Little Rock area. If you send GCDD a request, your hotel reservation / lodging cost may be covered. Please send a separate written request for lodging (email is fine) to GCDD staff, as soon as possible. Only a limited number of sponsored rooms are available, first come-first serve. We hope you will consider joining us.

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