September 2010

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TACE Talks Transition 
Monthly Transition Information from the Region IV TACE
Upcoming TACE Topics
The TACE Transition Work Experience webinar dates have been set. Mark your calendars for:
October 27, 2010 at 2:00 Eastern
November 12, 2010 at 11:00 Eastern
December 6, 2010 at 2:00 Eastern
January 20, 2011 at 2:00 Eastern
February 10, 2011 at 2:00 Eastern
Watch for details in future issues of TACE Talks Transition!
Upcoming Training Events
"Postsecondary Education for People with Intellectual Disabilities" Webinar Series
September 15, 22, 29, October 6 and 13, 2010 
3:00-4:30 Eastern Time
Cost - $75/session, $337.50/series
To learn more or to register, click here.
TASH Webinar Series on Discovery
September 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2010
3:00-4:30 Eastern Time
Cost - $75/session or $405/series (members);
$115/session or $621/series (non-members)
This six-session series on Discovery will provide educators, adult service personnel and family members with the critical information necessary to facilitate Discovery for persons with significant disabilities.  This alternative to comparative assessment addresses the essential question so often overlooked by evaluations and tests, "Who is this person?"  Don't miss this useful and informative series.
To learn more or to register, click here.
ASDnet-Innovations in Autism Spectrum Disorders One-Day Conference
September 24, 2010
Location - Tampa, FL
Cost - $75
To learn more,
Individualized Supports Planning for Students with Intellectual Disability
September 27, 2010 3:30-4:30 Eastern Time
Cost - None
To learn more or to register, click here. 
"Honoring Our Past, Shaping Our Future" National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Conference
September 27-28, 2010
Location - Orlando, FL
To learn more or to register, click here.
The Exiting Community of Practice Webinar - Postsecondary Education Participation for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
September 29, 2010 3:00-4:30 Eastern Time
Cost - None
Dr. Judy Shanley from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, will provide information regarding current legislative and funding priorities around enrolling students with intellectual disabilities in postsecondary education, as well as insights into characteristics of
model programs and potential challenges.
To learn more,
click here. To register,
Thank you to Shannon Lindsay with the South Carolina State VR Department for sharing this information with the Southeast TACE!
State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
October 28-29, 2010
Location: Fairfax, VA
The conference will provide an opportunity for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to discuss the current state of policies, research, and practice in the field. Panels including staff from PSE initiatives, parents, self-advocates and other experts will share effective practices during breakout sessions with an opportunity for group discussion.
To learn more or to register, click here.
Be sure to check your state's TACE web page to learn about state and local training events. Click here for links to state TACE pages.
Good afternoon - welcome to the first issue of the monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition. Here you will find the latest information about transition, employment for people with disabilities, and relevant legislation. We'll also tell you about upcoming training sessions and introduce you to exciting new web sites.
Please forward this TACE Talks Transition to agency staff, teachers, parents, individuals with disabilities, and anyone else you think might find the information useful. Invite them to subscribe by joining the Southeast TACE Transition Listserv. (To subscribe, they simply send an email to and type "subscribe transition" in the subject line. We'll take it from there!) 
We hope you find the September TTT interesting, engaging and helpful.
Counselor Tips: 
Work experience is part of a process and not an end in itself. To be effective, it must be coordinated and progressive. What are some of the categories of work experience? They can include: general employment information through classes, tours, and informal work performed at home; volunteering/service learning; job shadowing; general work experience; matched work experience; customized work experience; part-time paid job; customized job; and self-employment business ownership. Different types of experiences offer different opportunities, so before negotiating a work experience it is important to examine such factors as the age and skill level of the young person, the learning goals, the duration of the experience, and the intended outcome. To read more, click here. (Please note that the file is quite large and can take time to download.)
Transition Innovation:
Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood
This new toolkit released by ODEP assists youth in strengthening some of the most fundamental skills essential for successfully managing their own PAS: effective communication, time-management, working with others, and establishing professional relationships. Toolkit information may be accessed at 
Education tools for students with significant disabilities
This information from the Louisiana Department of Education includes sections on assessment, curriculum, instruction and developing an Individualized Education Plan. Though some of these resources apply specifically to the Louisiana Department of Education, they provide information and ideas that can benefit educators and parents in all states. For more information, visit:
Businesses want young workers to possess certain key skills, such as networking, enthusiasm, professionalism, communication skills, teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking. For more information, read the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Essential Skills to Getting a Job.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics has recently released the August disability employment statistics. The percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force was 22.0. By comparison, the percentage of persons with no disability in the labor force was 70.2. Click here to read more.
Work Experience Example: 
"At age 12, Alex began volunteering as part of his middle school curriculum. He did short-term volunteer experiences at the food bank, the library, and the animal shelter. From these general experiences, school staff learned about his interest in dogs. In high school a matched, unpaid work experience was developed at a doggie day care walking, playing with, and feeding the dogs. The intended outcome of the matched experience was to expand the list of tasks that Alex could perform in an area that he was interested in, and to identify additional skills and competencies around dogs. The school also wanted to clarify information about the conditions that Alex needed on any job to be successful." Click here for the rest of the story. 
Vanderbilt PSE Program for Students with Intellectual
Disabilities Featured
Vanderbilt University's new Next Step certificate program was featured in a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Next Step is an on-campus college for six students with intellectual disabilities. To read more, visit
Legislation/National News: 
IDEA IEP Question and Answer Document
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued a revised questions-and-answers document to provide states, state and local educational agencies, parents, and other stakeholders with information regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requirements relating to individualized education programs (IEPs), evaluations, and reevaluations. The document includes information related to transition. Click here to read the publication. 
Students With Disabilities: Data - 2009 Survey of States: Accomplishments and New Issues at the End of a Decade of Change (June 2010)
This NCEO report is a snapshot of the new initiatives, trends, accomplishments, and emerging issues as states document the academic achievement of students with disabilities. Results are presented for all 50 states and 8 of the 11 federally-funded entities. Click here to read the report.  
Featured Web Site:
Visit the Choose Work Resource Map offered through the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program. This site offers a state-by-state listing of Employment Networks, Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Programs (WIPAs), Protection and Advocacy programs, and Vocational Rehabilitation agencies.
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The Southeast TACE Transition Team
Meet the Southeast TACE Transition Team
(click on the person's name to learn more about him or her):
Chip Kenney, Project Director & Principal Investigator
Jill Houghton, Deputy Director
Steffany Stevens, Training Coordinator & Administrative Specialist
Norciva (Civa) Shumpert, TACE Transition Consultant
About the Southeast TACE Talks Transition:
This free service is being sponsored by Southeast TACE, the Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE) Centerfor Region IV. TACE is a partnership of academic, governmental, and community expertise that provides technical assistance and continuing education activities to meet the training and organizational development needs of State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their partners in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Southeast TACE supports VR, Community Rehabilitation Programs, Centers for Independent Living, Client Assistance Programs, and other agencies to enhance employment outcomes, independent functioning, independent living and quality of life for persons with disabilities throughout the eight states in the Southeast Region IV.
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