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2024 National APSE Board Nominee: Britni Miles, TX

2024 National APSE Board of Directors At-Large Candidate

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The area(s) that best represents your current position/experience:

Family Member of a Person with a Disability, Service Provider or Manager, Transition Coordinator, Teacher, University Staff

Describe your history/nature of involvement/interest in promoting competitive integrated employment in your state. Additionally, explain why you are passionate about competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities:

Over the past 16 years, I have dedicated myself to advancing competitive integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. My journey began in Washington state, where I was introduced to the mission of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE). Upon relocating to Texas, I recognized the need for a state chapter to champion Employment First principles and took the initiative in developing the Texas state chapter. Over the past 16 years, I have dedicated myself to advancing competitive integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. My journey began in Washington state, where I was introduced to the mission of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE). Upon relocating to Texas, I recognized the need for a state chapter to champion Employment First principles and took the initiative in developing the Texas state chapter. Throughout my professional career, I have worked directly with individuals who were previously employed in segregated, sub-minimum wage settings. Witnessing their potential and observing how their lives transformed through community inclusion and competitive integrated employment fueled my passion for advancing Employment First principles. As an advocate for community integration, I specialize in customized employment strategies and person-centered approaches. My commitment extends beyond individual support. I have developed large corporate hiring programs specifically tailored for people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. I have experience managing a range of employment programs such as High School Transition, Medicaid Waiver-based Long Term Support Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation contracted services. As a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) and UMass Boston Institute for Community Inclusion Training Professional, I strive to equip employment service providers with evolving best practices, creating meaningful opportunities for individuals with disabilities to thrive in the workforce. Serving as the Founding President of Texas APSE’s chapter, I tirelessly advocate for inclusive employment practices across our state. The Texas APSE chapter has successfully championed an increase in service provider rates and legislation dedicated to improving Medicaid Waiver-based employment services. I firmly believe that growth is a continuous process. My career and personal experiences have honed skills that will contribute to elevating the APSE National Board. These skills include strategic planning expertise, the ability to drive positive change, experience in financial stewardship within non-profit management, and an unwavering focus on outcomes. Together, we can transform lives by fostering competitive, integrated employment opportunities for all. 

What relevance does/should APSE and its chapters/members have in national and state conversations regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion?

APSE, as a member organization dedicated to advancing competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities, plays a critical role in shaping conversations around equity, diversity, and inclusion at both the national and state levels.  Given the history of people with disabilities, atrocities that have taken place in recent history in Institutional living, and the ever-present Disability Rights Movement I believe APSE has a duty to champion social justice causes for all marginalized people. APSE’s relevance lies in its ability to advocate, model inclusion, engage in dialogue, and empower leaders—all with the ultimate goal of transforming lives through competitive, integrated employment opportunities for everyone.

What skills, knowledge, or lived experience do you have that will contribute to strengthening and growing the financial health of APSE and promoting its mission to advance employment and self-sufficiency for all people with disabilities?

While as President and acting treasurer of Texas APSE, my financial acumen and experience managing budgets would be valuable in strengthening APSE’s financial health. I have successfully overseen financial transactions, tracked expenses, and ensured fiscal responsibility. In fundraising, I’ve orchestrated campaigns, secured grants, and cultivated sponsor relationships. My ability to identify funding opportunities and create compelling narratives aligns with APSE’s mission. Additionally, my background in program management equips me to enhance APSE’s impact. I’ve designed and executed programs, monitored outcomes, and adapted strategies based on changing eligibility requirements, new legislation, differences in funding streams, and data-driven fiscal insights. In summary, my financial expertise, fundraising prowess, program management skills, and knowledge of relevant policies position me to contribute significantly to APSE’s mission of advancing employment and self-sufficiency for all individuals with disabilities. 

Biography

Brit Miles Training Associate for the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston Texas APSE Founding President B.A. Law, Societies, and Justice; Minor: Political Science, University of Washington   Brit Miles has 16+ years of experience in the field of employment supports for people with disabilities. Brit worked as a direct support professional placing and coaching individuals who once worked in segregated, sub-minimum wage environments into real community jobs utilizing Employment First beliefs, customized employment strategies, and person-centered principles. Brit has experience in program management and designing large corporate hiring programs for people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. Brit facilitates training in best practices of Competitive, Integrated, Employment for employment service providers, state agencies, and other stakeholders. Brit is a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) and Texas APSE’s Chapter Founding President.  

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