Lunch With Leaders

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) is a membership organization with the purpose of improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. One of our Maryland chapter efforts is to host a collaborative outlet for professionals and leaders in the field to share news, experiences, and efforts on a wide variety of topics, that impact the individuals we both serve and advocate on behalf of called Lunch with Leaders. Join us (Virtually) the second Tuesday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to hear from leaders across the state of Maryland. Learn more and register here.

We hope you will join us monthly for this informative and interactive discussion with our Maryland Leaders. This event is open to all Marylanders. Please forward the information and invite to colleagues, community members, businesses, etc.


Leaders join us from the following organizations:

  • Maryland Department of Disabilities
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Developmental Disabilities Administration
  • People on the Go
  • Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration
  • Arc of Maryland
  • Governor’s Workforce Development Board
  • Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Association of University Center’s for Developmental Disabilities (National)
  • APSE National
  • Disability Rights Maryland

APSE Lunch and Learns

Maryland APSE’s goal it to disseminate information and offer educational webinars on topics important to Marylander’s focused on employment first and meaningful community engagement. This Webinar is partnered with the Developmental Disabilities Administration, and hosted the fourth Tuesday’s of the month, when planned.

Title: Employment First with the Developmental Disabilities Administration
Presenter: Kasey Venn, DDA Employment Coordinator
Date: May 28, 2024
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m. EST

Registration Coming Soon!


Join us for Maryland APSE Happy Hour to meet like-minded colleagues and Marylanders!  As a current MD APSE member, you are invited networking and socializing with other fellow APSE members.  We also invite you to invite a guest who is interested in learning more about APSE.  

If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring an APSE Hour please contact Stacey Herman, Board President, at

APSE Hour Presented by MarylandWorks
Location: 10270 Old Columbia Rd., Columbia, MD 21046 Suite 100
Date: August 22, 2024
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Registration Coming Soon!

CESPTM Exam in Washington, DC

In-Person CESPTM  Hosted Exam Details:

Location: The Westin Washington, DC Downtown, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001
Room: Meeting rooms 8 and 9
Map | Hotel Website | Tel: 202-898-9000
Date: Sunday, October 27th
Time: Check-in begins at 12:00pm
3 hour exam window: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Register for the Hosted Exam on 10/27

CESPTM (Certified Employment Support Professional) Exam

The Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP™) certification is a nationally recognized credential for professionals working in the employment support and job coaching field. It signifies that an individual possesses the necessary knowledge, skills, and expertise to assist individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment in finding and maintaining meaningful work. The CESP certification is essential as it validates the competence of employment support professionals, increases job opportunities, and demonstrates commitment to ethical and quality service delivery.

Learn More HERE about the CESP Credential


There Are Currently 2000 CESPs Nationwide. Come join us!

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Registration opens June 4, 2024. Click here for pricing information.


Prep for the Exam with MDWorks

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MDWorks is pairing with the Neurodiversity at Work National Conference to offer a variety of ACRE courses (Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) to help you prepare to take the CESPTM exam at our conference!

First time test takers:

Dates: August 7, August 8, August 14, September 4, September 5
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.