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2024 National APSE Board Nominee: Jorge DeMoya, FL

2024 National APSE Board of Directors Southeast Regional Delegate Candidate

MEET THE NOMINEES FOR THE 2024 NATIONAL APSE BOARD OF DIRECTORS: CLICK to read about all nominees before the election ends on March 18.

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

Family Member of a Person with a Disability, State Agency Representative, Employer or Business Owner

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:

I am the older brother of a young adult with unique abilities and have been job coaching for 30-plus years is what I would describe as my first-hand involvement. Our family has always believed there is no ceiling for anyone with a passion or drive to work and contribute to society and the community. Within this spirit, my mother created The de Moya Foundation which is a VR Supported Provider creating employment opportunities for young adults with unique abilities. I am passionate because my brother has always been told you can’t do certain things that I was given the opportunity to do and that never sat well with me. 

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

It is vital for there to be APSE relevance in the National and State conversations because every single city, county, state, and area is unique regarding their equity, diversity, and inclusion within the community. It is important for us to learn from each other and collaborate together to make employment available to all. 

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?

I believe I can bring a unique set of skills within the digital media space to spread a larger awareness and education behind hiring people with disabilities as a unique Win-Win scenario for companies. Using my background skills in TV, film, digital marketing, and media can break down those barriers to employment for our community and showcase the benefits. 

Candidates for Regional Delegate seats only: Discuss how you will represent the needs of the chapters in your region and work to strengthen APSE’s chapter structure.

I plan to represent the needs of all the chapters within our region leading by example with what our program DMF Employment Opportunities INC is doing in our area. Using this as a learning tool for other programs and becoming a strong provider in a notable city. 

Biography

Jorge de Moya (Marketing & Communications Director) for The de Moya Foundation / FL APSE Board Member   Description:   Creating employment opportunities for young adults with unique abilities by fostering employer partnerships, and providing support for the young adults, employers, and parents to ensure long-term employment. How can we support parents, young adults, and employer partners in order to foster the tools towards independence for our young adults with/ unique abilities? IT’S A WIN-WIN!   Bio:   My name is Jorge de Moya, I am the Marketing Director for The de Moya Foundation, creating employment opportunities for young adults with unique abilities. My goal is to produce inspiring, motivational content for the developmental disabilities community locally and nationally. I have an educational background in Film/Television and Entertainment Business which has given me the skills to understand how to target a wide array of audiences in the community through digital mediums.   Past experiences have included working on commercials and PSA for non-profit companies with my digital media company 90 Miles Media to a commercial with Red Bull F1. These experiences have allowed me to always think outside the box, use non-traditional marketing methods, and find ways to really engage and connect with our community. I have worked on film sets and TV shows with OWN Network, Discovery Channel, and Dolphin Digital Media in the past. All these experiences have taught me the ins and outs of the media world and now I use those experiences to make inspiring content for The de Moya Foundation.   My job at The de Moya Foundation is to produce and manage all the marketing content we create, find unique partnerships with different companies, and find unique ways to create local and national awareness behind the employment of young adults with developmental disabilities. I am an active podcaster and digital media consultant, on the board for the foundation, and a board member for APSE of Florida. My goal is to empower young adults with unique abilities the way my own younger brother, the inspiration behind our foundation, motivated myself and our family. 

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