Supported Employment

Transformation to Competitive Employment Act

U.S. Capitol on a partly cloudy day

From the National APSE (Association of Persons Supporting Employment First):

The Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (TCIEA, HR2373) was reintroduced by the House Committee on Education & Labor.

TCIEA will provide states and employers with resources to transition workers with disabilities into fully integrated and competitive jobs while phasing out the subminimum wage for individuals with disabilities.

Transformation Bill ScheduleRaise the Wage Act (H.R. 603) Minimum Wage Levels14(C) if Raise the Wage Act is Enacted/Passes14(c) Phase-out under a $7.25 minimum wage
60 percent of the wage upon the effective date$9.50 per hr.$5.70 per hr.$4.35 per hr.
70 percent of the wage 1 year after the effective date$11.00 per hr.$7.70 per hr.$5.08 per hr.
80 percent 2 years after the effective date of the wage in year 3$12.50 per hr.$10.00 per hr.$5.80 per hr.
90 percent 3 years after the effective date$14.00 per hr.$12.60 per hr.$6.53 per hr.
100 percent 4 years after the effective date$15.00 per hr.$15.00 per hr.$7.25 per hr.

For a fact sheet on the TCIEA which includes the information in the image above, click here. For the bill text, click here. For a section-by-section summary, click here.

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Upcoming Employment First Virtual Core Training


Virtual 40-Hour Employment First Core Training

LSU Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with the Louisiana Association of Persons Supporting Employment First (LA-APSE) has an upcoming virtual training class scheduled!

  • March  23-25, 2021 online via Zoom

See the LSU HDC Employment Initiatives Website for more information and to register   

The 40 Hour Employment Core training meets LRS Employment vendor training requirements and OCDD/Medicaid Employment provider rules. Class hours are 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and will take place online via Zoom. The fee for this class is $400 and includes training materials, presentations, and access to resources. A certificate of completion will be issued once identified course assignments have been completed and reviewed.

National Online Dialogue on Job Developing for People with Disabilities During Times of Increased Unemployment

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) encourages you to participate in a national online dialogue, Job Developing for People with Disabilities during Times of Increased Unemployment. DOL is hosting this dialogue to learn how job developers are helping people with disabilities obtain competitive integrated employment during times of increased health risks and unemployment. They want to hear from you—individuals with disabilities, family members, advocates, employment specialists, VR counselors, job coaches, and employers. The dialogue will be open through October 18, 2020

The topics include:

1) Addressing health risks

2) Balancing self-determination and health

3) Addressing increased unemployment

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is Increasing Access and Opportunity. This year 2020 marks the 75th observance of NDEAM, but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Both milestones have events and activities centered on the theme at the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)’s National Disability Employment Awareness page.

Also join the Association of Persons Supporting Employment First (APSE) for FREE and PAID events on APSE’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month page.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Poster Download Page

Free AbleNOW Webinar

Learn more about ABLE accounts to help individuals with disabilities Achieve a Better Life Experience. Registration is open for a free information session on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 12-1 p.m. ET. This webinar will cover the advantages of ABLE accounts and the ABLEnow program.

Register here:

For more information about ABLE accounts and the ABLEnow program, visit the website at:

Student from HDC’s PAY Check Program Highlighted by APSE

APSE Facebook Post of Michael from Louisiana

Michael, a student from HDC’s PAY Check program, was featured in a Facebook post on the Association for Persons Supporting Employment First (APSE) page here. As part of his full-time employment with State Machinery Equipment Sales & Rentals, Michael travels independently to different construction sites to test out the machinery. “I’m still in shock that my supervisor allows me to work without supervision. It’s the first time I’ve felt like an adult!” APSE is featuring success stories from around the nation of competitive integrated employment as part of October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

APSE's Facebook post of Michael from Louisiana for NDEAM
APSE’s Facebook post of Michael from Louisiana

Workbooks Available for Work Incentives Planning

The National Training and Data Center at Virginia Commonwealth University has created two workbooks to help you build your knowledge about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) work incentives and Title II disability benefit work incentives. 

1.    The SSI Workbook ( includes 18 scenario-based activities.  For each activity you will complete an SSI calculation worksheet and answer a few related questions.

2.    The Title II Disability Workbook ( includes 17 scenario-based activities.  For most of these activities, you will complete a Trial Work Period and Extended Period of Eligibility chart and answer a few related questions. 

These activities provide you an opportunity to practice applying work incentives. The answer key for each activity is provided at the end of the workbook. 

Employment First Trainings Added


40-Hour Employment First Core Training

LSU Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana Association of Persons Supporting Employment First (LA-APSE) has upcoming training classes scheduled in New Orleans, Alexandria, and Baton Rouge!

  • October 22-24, 2019 in New Orleans at LSU HDC 411 South Prieur Street
  • December 10-12, 2019 in Alexandria, LA at TBD
  • January 28-30, 2020 in Baton Rouge at UpLIFTD 1979 Beaumont Avenue

One day 5.0 Hour training classes for Continuing Education are also being offered.

See the LSU HDC Employment Initiatives Website for more information and to register   

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Louisiana Association of Persons Supporting Employment First

Hearing on Social Security 2100 Act

On Thursday July 25, at 10 am, the full House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing entitled “The Social Security 2100 Act.” This bill (H.R. 860), introduced by Congressman John Larson (D-CT-1) and cosponsored by over 200 Democrats, would increase benefits for all current and future Social Security recipients, cut taxes for almost 12 million seniors, and strengthen the trust fund by increasing some payroll taxes and by creating one trust fund for retirement, survivor, and disability benefits.

Earlier this year, the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee held a series of hearings around this bill entitled “Protecting and Improving Social Security”: Enhancing Social Security to Strengthen the Middle Class (March 12), Benefit Enhancements (March 13), and Comprehensive Legislative Proposals to Enhance Social Security (April 10).

The hearing on July 25th will be before the full Committee on Ways and Means. The invited witnesses are: Stephen C. Goss, Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration; Nancy J. Altman, President, Social Security Works; Kelly Brozyna, Job Creators Network’s National Women’s Coalition; Abigail Zapote, Executive Director, Latinos for a Secure Retirement; and Shaun Castle, Deputy Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The hearing will be in room 1100 in the Longworth House Office Building (15 Independence Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20515) and will be livestreamed here.

Join the ODEP’s Section 14 (c) National Online Dialogue on Employment of People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), through its ePolicyWorks initiative, is hosting the Section 14(c) National Online Dialogue to gather perspectives on Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. We invite you to share your ideas, individual stories, and personal experiences illustrating the impact of Section 14(c) on the employment of people with disabilities.

Since 1938, Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act has authorized employers to pay wages that are less than the federal minimum wage to workers who have disabilities for the work being performed, after receiving a special wage certificate from Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The purpose of this National Online Dialogue is to capture perspectives about Section 14(c) based on individual input from those “on the ground,” including a wide range of stakeholders. The information gathered during this important online dialogue will provide the U.S. Department of Labor with an opportunity to better understand the current landscape, as well as the potential future of Section 14(c).

To participate, visit and register to share your experiences and ideas, and to comment on ideas submitted by others.