May the Workforce Be With You…


Join us for the

29th Annual IN-APSE Conference
November 6th - 7th, 2019

Indianapolis Marriott East
7202 E 21st St, Indianapolis, IN 46219

IN-APSE Award Nomination


It's that time of year again

INAPSE wants to recognize individuals with outstanding service in the field, acknowledge employers who are true advocates for Employment First, as well as recognize the terrific people who have joined the workforce and are succeeding in their life goals. Please take some time and nominate individuals, businesses and other stakeholders for the great work that they do!! If you want to nominate someone and you are not a member, please contact INAPSE.

someone today!


Personal Achievement Award - To confer recognition of a supported employee for outstanding achievement in employment. This award is to recognize personal achievement in overcoming obstacles resulting in successful employment.

Wendy Wood Award - To recognize an emerging leader in the field of supported employment who demonstrates active and effective leadership in moving toward complete involvement of people with disabilities into the community.

Consumer Advocacy Scholarship Award - To recognize outstanding community employment advocacy efforts in Indiana by, and for, individuals with disabilities.

Professional Award - To confer recognition for outstanding professional achievement as a job coach, job developer, employment specialist or state agency personnel.

Rebecca McDonald Award - This award is offered to successful APSE Chapter Leaders who demonstrate the spirit of volunteerism and extraordinary commitment to the mission and vision of APSE in their work with their state chapter.

Employer Award - To recognize employers in the public and private sector for outstanding achievement in enhancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Best Practice Award - To confer recognition to innovation, imagination and exemplary performance in supported employment.


(Click on award name to open form)


Keynote Speaker

Professional portrait photo of Keynote Speaker Carol Blessing, LMSW

Carol Blessing, LMSW

Carol has over 30 years in the field of disability services in both direct practice and management capacities. In 2000, she joined the faculty at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University where she leads system's impact projects aimed at supporting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in typical community life. Throughout her career, she has worked with individuals living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including those incarcerated in New York maximum security prisons and with individuals living with psychiatric disabilities.

Carol developed the landmark Citizen-Centered Leadership online series (, an international leadership development theory-to-practice program. She is the author of several publications, including co-authoring Conversations on Citizenship and Person-Centered Work (2011). Carol co-designed the Framework for Planning©, a person-centered planning approach to supporting people in finding positive pathways into their future through employment and other valued social roles.