APSE 2011 National Conference mini Brochure

YOU ARE INVITED TO … The 22nd Annual APSE National Conference The only national conference focusing solely on integrate...

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The 22nd Annual APSE National Conference The only national conference focusing solely on integrated employment Westin Hotel June 14-16, 2011

Inside: Keynotes, Conference Features, Theme Tracks, & Registration Information

There will be Pre-Conference Day Breakout Sessions on June 13th - visit APSE.org to Register

Conference updates & to register online


Conference Features Keynote Speakers Our theme this year says it all...Employment for ALL: Believe It, Achieve It! We have an exciting three days scheduled for you with inspirational keynote speakers and many cutting-edge breakout sessions.

Opening Keynote - Lynnae Ruttledge, Rehabilitation Services Administration Commissioner Commissioner Lynnae Ruttledge has headed the Rehabilitation Services Administration since January 2010. Previously, Ms. Ruttledge served as the Director of the Washington Department of Social and Health Service, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and in various leadership positions with the Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, for more than 25 years. Ms. Ruttledge began her public service career in Michigan as a classroom teacher in the public school system. She has received numerous recognitions and awards for her service including the Washington Governor's Award for Leadership in Management in 2007. Ms. Ruttledge not only has a vast professional knowledge of the vocational rehabilitation system, but she also has the perspective from personal experience as an individual with a disability who received services from the department of vocational rehabilitation.

Day 2 Keynote - Kristin Rytter, Ph.D. Kristin Rytter has spent most of her life overcoming her physical disabilities. Shattering barriers with passion and determination, Rytter has earned a doctorate from the University of Washington, the top academic echelon in her field. Although she cannot speak and cannot use her hands or feet, she has found ways to communicate, at times spending 10 hours a day researching and writing. Kristin communicates using an "eye code" she and her father developed when she was young. She can type on a laptop computer by moving her head against sensors, tapping out words in Morse code. That's how she wrote her dissertation -- all 200-plus pages of it. Since she has lived with a physical and a speech disability for her whole life, she gives families of people with disabilities a valuable perspective, emotional support, guidance, and hope.

Other Conference Features Pre-Conference Day

Pre-Conference sessions will be held on Monday, June 13th. Session themes include Assistive/Information Technology, Job Development, Transition, and Public Policy.


Visit our exhibitors from across the country to check out the latest tools, products, and research for enhancing and expanding integrated employment.

Membership Breakfast Meet the National Board Members and APSE Foundation Board Members at the annual APSE membership meeting. Hear APSE’s Board President on the future of APSE, followed by a facilitated discussion on current and future APSE Initiatives.

Awards Banquet

Wednesday, you are invited to the annual Awards banquet luncheon hosted by WA APSE where our award nominees will be honored and recognized for making a difference in their communities.

Employer Leadership Forum

Local and national business leaders will meet to discuss the merits and logistics of integrated employment. Through panels, & roundtable discussions, the Employer Leadership Forum helps to facilitate greater understanding between the business and integrated employment com-

Theme Tracks The National APSE conference is exclusively focused on employment of citizens with significant disabilities in the community. The conference provides a forum for sharing knowledge and expertise on the latest ideas and best developments and innovations to make employment for all a reality. After compiling suggestions from last year’s conference attendees, the following themes were designed to be this year’s conference tracks. Theme Tracks include:  Consumer, Family and Self-Advocacy  Transition from School to Work  Job Development and Marketing  Job Supports  Funding and Public Policy  Mental Health  Accommodations and Assistive Technology  Autism  International Disability Rights and Employment Visit the APSE website to view a listing of Breakout Sessions


Hotel and Travel Information APSE has arranged special rates for conference attendees at the conference headquarters - the Westin Seattle located in the heart of downtown Seattle. The Westin Seattle is steps away from major attractions such as Pacific Place Shopping Center, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle.

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Please call Hotel Reservation Phone Number: (206) 728-1000 Make sure to mention that you are with the National APSE Conference Room Block - June 1416, 2011 Make your reservations by May 23, 2011 to receive the National APSE room rate of $179.00 per night Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Check in time is 3pm and Check out time is 12 noon. APSE Room rates are available three days prior and after the conference for your convenience. Parking at the hotel is $39.00 per day.

Getting to Seattle: Airtran Airways is offering a 10% discount to all conference attendees. To take advantage of this special program, contact the AirTran Airways EventSavers Desk at 1-866-683-8368 for reservations. When booking your flight, please provide the Event Savers Coordinator with Event Code: SEA061011 and the name of the event: APSE National Conference.

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Light Rail- The Sea-Tac Airport Station provides accessible Link direct service to downtown Seattle using the Central Link to the Westlake Center Transit Station which is 1 & 1/2 blocks from the Westin Seattle. Fare: $2.50 one-way Downtown Airporter - The Downtown Airporter provides accessible shuttle service to the Westin Seattle. To make a reservation: 866-566-3300 or visit downtownairporter.com. Fare: $15.00 one-way/$25.00 Roundtrip

For more Information: www.portseattle.org/seatac/ ground/

The Westin Seattle 1900 5th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 728-1000

While you are in Seattle… Nearby Attractions The Space Needle Seattle Waterfront Seattle Art Museum Pike Place Market First Starbucks Coffee Shop Olympic Sculpture Park Seattle Aquarium Seattle Public Library Seattle Center Victoria Clipper Ferry Woodland Park Zoo Science Fiction Museum The Gum Wall For More Information: www.visitseattle.org www.seattle.gov/visiting

APSE 2011 National Conference Registration First Name

Last Name_____________________________________________

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Please answer the questions below:

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___I will attend the Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 15th included in my registration fee. ___Guests are welcome at $40 per person. Name of Guest (s): __________________________________ ___Vegetarian Meal requested ___I will attend the APSE Membership Breakfast on Thursday morning, included in my registration fee. Conference fees include Thursday Membership Breakfast and Awards Luncheon. Please list any disability related accommodation needs and special dietary needs (e.g. sign language interpretation, Braille, or large print materials, etc.) All requests need to be made by May 2, 2011. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Conference Registration Fees

Early Rate On or before March 31

Regular Rate On or before May 23

Late Rate On-site or after After May 23rd


Payment Information Make Check payable to APSE PO#

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Awards Banquet Guest




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Please note: Individual rates are intended for anyone who works in supported employment, rehabilitation, or related fields. Please return this form & payment to APSE


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