October 2010

Southeast TACE Region IV

TACE Talks Transition 
Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE
Upcoming TACE Topics
The TACE Transition Work Experience webinar dates have been set. Mark your calendars for:
10/27/10 at 2pm ET
11/12/10 at 11am ET 
12/6/10 at 2pm ET 
1/20/11 at 2pm ET 
2/10/11 at 2pm ET

Join us for the first webinar!

Role of Work Experiences in Guiding Careers

October 27, 2010

2:00-4:00 Eastern Time

The strongest predictor of post-school adult employment for youth with disabilities is real work experiences and jobs during the secondary school years. By participating in purposeful work experiences youth learn: skills at work; how to work; where they would like to work; what accommodations they might require in order to work; and how to produce at work to the satisfaction of current and future employers. During this session, Richard Luecking, Ed.D. (President of TransCen, Inc.) will provide the rationale for work experiences, discuss the types and functions of work experience in career preparation, and show how transition professionals, teachers, and rehabilitation counselors can work together to insure that work experiences can set the stage for successful transition into adult employment for youth and young adults with disabilities.

Upcoming Training Events

October 28, 2010

2:00-3:00 Eastern Time

Cost: None

This webinar will discuss employment opportunities in the substance use disorder services field, highlight how One-Stop Career Centers can replicate effective strategies at the local levels, provide practical how-to tips on implementation, offer resources and profile an innovative program involving collaboration between New York State's Substance Abuse Agency and its Workforce Investment Board (WIB).  


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 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.

November 8, 2010

Location: Orlando, FL

The Administration on Developmental Disabilities has scheduled public forums on "Envisioning the Future." These summits are designed to obtain input that will be used in developing goals and priorities for the ADD's five-year strategic plan. Space is limited at the forums, and people wishing to attend need to preregister. Transcripts of the summits will be posted on the website.

December 13-15, 2010

Location: Biloxi, MS

Cost: $100.00 until 11/19; $150.00 after 11/19

The National Service Inclusion Project announces a three-day National Disability Inclusion Trainer Development Institute and an Advanced Capacity Building Institute. This intensive training is designed to enhance the capacity to recruit, support, and retain members and volunteers with disabilities in Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs.


Be sure to check the TACE Events page for the most-up-to-date training announcements.

Good afternoon - welcome to 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.
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We hope you find the October TTT interesting, engaging and helpful.

Transition Portals Are Live!

The Portals for the TACE Transition Services are now open! To start using this exciting new resource, visit the TACE Transition Services web site . In the "Login For" section on the left-hand side of your screen, select "Counselor" or "Coordinator." This will take you to the "Login to MyTACE Account" page. If you attended the TACE May Webinar, you may already have created a MyTACE Account and can login with your account information. Then after a successful login, apply for Portal access. If you don't already have a MyTACE account, follow the instructions on the left-hand side of the screen to "Create a New Account." You can use your MyTACE Account to register for available events, seek applicable credit, and access your specialized portal - Transition Services Counselor or Coordinator.  
Counselor Tips: 

How do we work with youth and families to develop employment plans? What if the young adult wants to go in a different direction than his/her parents? How can we ensure self-determination and meet agency performance standards?  First and foremost, we need to keep in mind whose life we're discussing. At the end of the day, it is the transition-age youth who will "live" the plan jointly negotiated in our office. Securing youth buy-in is not just the law, it is the best way to ensure that the young adult will take an active role in meeting his/her employment goals (which ultimately increases the chance of a successful case closure).


Often there will be disagreements in plan specifics between parents and their soon-to-be-adult children. As with any negotiation situation, look for the common ground. Can everyone agree that paid community employment is the intended outcome? If even that is in dispute, is there at least agreement that the young adult will graduate to a rich, full life? Once you've identified shared goals, acknowledge there may be a variety of paths leading to the same outcome. Explore the pros and cons of alternative pathways as a team. Then empower the young adult to choose the means by which he/she is most likely to achieve the goals. Recognize we all have the right to make mistakes, and that plan specifics will very likely need to be re-discussed and possibly revised at various times. Ongoing evaluation is critical.


By putting in the up-front time to discover shared goals, collaboratively evaluate implementation options, and make plan modifications as necessary, your chances for a "Status 26" closure will be increased.

Transition Innovation:
Insight No. 2, "What's The Point? A Reflection About the Purpose and Outcomes of College for Students with Intellectual Disabilities," explores the value of a college education for individuals with intellectual disabilities.


The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth (NCWD/Youth) recently released "Understanding the Role of Individual Learning Plans in Transition Planning for Youth." This InfoBrief explains how schools and families can use an optional Individual Learning Plan to supplement the required individualized education program and help youth successfully transition from high school to employment and postsecondary education.


NCWD/Youth also recently released "Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities."

This guide will help practitioners, administrators, and policymakers improve services and outcomes for youth with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities. Many of the strategies and approaches advocated in this guide may be of use for other youth.
The Home Builders Institute's Project HOPE (Home Building Opportunities for Positive Employment) was established to offer trades training and job placement services to people with disabilities.  Through Project HOPE, local vocational rehabilitation clients are connected with the workforce needs of the HBI membership and the housing industry. There is currently a Project HOPE in Columbia, South Carolina.
The "I Can" public service announcement features seven people with disabilities sharing what they can do on the job when given the opportunity. The Department of Labor collaborated with AMC Entertainment to bring "I Can" to select movie theaters nationwide.
Work Experience Example: 
"On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:30-4:30, Josh can be found at Murdoch's Ranch and Home Supply where he stocks and straightens merchandise, sweeps, and hauls purchases for customers. Josh started at Murdoch's while he was still in high school. Initially it was an unpaid short-term work experience to give him exposure to the job tasks and work place and to learn more about his strengths and support needs. Josh enjoyed the duties and the setting, so when his work experience ended, he applied for a paid position and was hired." To learn more about Josh, read pages two and three of the Emerging Leader Showcase newsletter [PDF]. 
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

"Congress designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Office of Disability Employment Policy has the lead in planning NDEAM activities and materials to increase the public's awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities. Various programs carried out throughout the month also highlight the specific employment barriers that still need to be addressed and removed."

        Source: http://www.dol.gov/odep/faqs/ndeam.htm

Legislation/National News: 

On October 5, 2010, President Obama signed Rosa's Law [PDF]  This law substitutes the term "intellectual disabilities" for "mental retardation" in many federal laws.  The terminology change does not affect eligibility or services available under the laws where the terminology is changed.  Entitlement laws, such as Medicaid and Social Security, will be the next target for similar changes in the next Congress.

Featured Web Site:

The Kaiser Family Foundation has made available a video to help the American public understand the new health care reform law. This short animated movie, "Health Reform Hits Main Street," explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. 

Do you have specific topics you would like to see addressed in a future "TACE Talks Transition"?  Let us know - we want to hear from you! 
If you have any questions about TACE or would like to request technical assistance, please contact Civa Shumpert at norciva@gmail.com.
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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) Center for 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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