November 2010

Southeast TACE Region IV

TACE Talks Transition 
Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE
Upcoming TACE Topics

Selecting the "Right" Work Experiences with Youth

December 6, 2010

2:00-4:00 PM EST

How do we choose various experiences for students? What do we and the student learn from these experiences?  How do we support the student to continue to build skills and abilities as they gain additional experiences? Join Ellen Condon, Transition Projects Director at the University of Montana Rural Institute on Disabilities, for this webinar and explore factors to consider in determining which work experience is the best use of time for an individual student.


Using Discovery vs. Evaluation to Learn from Work Experiences

January 20, 2011

2:00-4:00 PM EST

Details coming soon!


Transition Specialty Training

Offered in a Course format with 50 participants (6 counselors from each state)
Session I: Customizing Employment, the strategy for employing all youth

Starting in January 2011 going every other week

Target Audience: Transition Counselor

Session II: Understanding the unique needs of Youth in Transition

Starting in February 2011 going every other week

Target Audience: Transition Counselor


Transition Webinar Strand: Looking Forward

Target Audience: Leadership & Counselors
Starting in January 2011

Post Secondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities; Get a Job or Building Assets?; And more!


Transition Webinar Strand: Youth Partnerships that Make a Difference

Target Audience: Transition Counselors & Partners
Starting in March 2011

Secondary Education; Post Secondary; Social Security; Workforce Investment/Department of Labor; Medicaid; Department of Health and Human Services; Juvenile Justice; Community Recreation/Faith-Based Partnerships


Transition Webinar Strand: VR Transition Activities

Target Audience: Transition Counselors & Partners
Starting in May 2011

An overview of transition VR services in the country and best practices from three states


Archives Available!

TACE Transition webinar recordings, handouts and PowerPoint slideshows are archived and available for you to access at your convenience.



Role of Work Experiences in Guiding Careers



Introduction to Assistive Technology



Understanding the Types of Work Experiences

Upcoming Training Events
Workplace Personal Assistance Services Self-paced Seminar

This online course examines assistive technology, self-employment, funding and employers' perspectives.

Cost: None

December 8, 2010

1:00-3:00 Eastern Time
Cost: None

This webinar will provide useful information to enhance the ability of State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies to effectively recruit and retain employees who reflect the demographics in their service areas.

Discussion will include strategies, tips and tools for training, and various approaches for implementation for the recruitment and retention process.

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.


Customized Employment Webinar

December 14, 2010
2:00-3:00 Eastern Time

Cost: None
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will sponsor a discussion of customized employment and the success it can bring to individuals with significant disabilities. Strategies and suggestions will be provided, including identifying natural workplace supports, using assistive technology, and negotiating employment tasks, to help serve individuals who have typically been excluded from the traditional workforce.


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.
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. Or they can subscribe by visiting the Southeast TACE Transition Services web site  and following the Transition E-Mail-List link. We'll take it from there!)    

We hope you find the November 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. You will use your MyTACE Account to register for available events, seek applicable credit, and access your specialized portal - Transition Services Counselor or Coordinator. 


Attended a TACE 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 to "Create a New MyTACE Account" and also apply for Portal access.
Counselor Tips: 

This month's tips come to us from Kirk G. Hall, VR Transition Administrator with the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Thank you to Kirk for graciously sharing information about several Florida initiatives with his regional colleagues!


Florida DVR activities to support transition include: encouraging students to obtain paid part-time and summer employment; supporting community-based work experiences, internships, apprenticeships, on-the-job training, job shadowing, and volunteerism; and making business connections for employer and professional mentoring. These activities are enhanced through exciting initiatives such as the Community of Excellence; the Vocational Rehabilitation and Volunteer Florida (VF) Cross-training Initiative; and On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Job Coaching for Summer Work Experiences.


The Community of Excellence is a TACE-supported collaboration between DVR, Division of Blind Services, and Seminole & Orange County school districts. Using the process of Discovery, Customized Employment opportunities will be developed for students with the most significant disabilities. In addition, partners are exploring ways to efficiently and effectively share information, support (rather than duplicate) one another's activities, and stay "on the same page" vocationally for students receiving services.


The VR and VF Cross-Training Initiative seeks to provide transition students with exposure to volunteerism and community service in conjunction with paid employment. This offers employers exposure to student abilities, cultivates work and social skills, enhances résumés and references, increases community awareness, offers the opportunity to identify needed accommodations and rehabilitation technology, and nurtures self-esteem.


VR OJT and Job Coaching Services are available to students transitioning from school to work - summer OJT is for students with a specific vocational goal and plans to work during school year, and job coaching is available to support summer work experiences when school is not in session.


DVR adopted an early referral process in 2008. If community work experience is identified as a need, the student is referred at age 16. If community work experience is not identified as a need, the student is referred two years prior to exit. This gives counselors the opportunity to work within the school system and make use of available supports. Early referral does not expand the group being just allows VR to start serving young people earlier and to work with them longer. It also offers the student a chance to build rapport with his or her counselor and develop additional community connections - this reduces the likelihood the student will drop out of VR services after graduation.


There are a variety of other ways schools and VR can partner to better serve students and be responsible custodians of public resources. For examples, schools and VR can share evaluation and assessment results to eliminate duplication; counselors can educate themselves and then students, families and teachers about where the jobs are and what education and training young people will need to have to secure those jobs; and counselors can work with students, families, and teachers to make sure students are on the right track early to achieve their vocational dreams.


Watch the TACE Transition Services web site  for more information about these exciting Florida initiatives! 

Transition Innovation:

Considering Assistive Technology in the IEP Process: The Texas 4-Step Model Resource Guide [PDF] was created by the Texas Assistive Technology Network to help educational teams consider assistive technology in the development, review and revision of a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP). 


Using the iPad to Connect: Parents, Therapists Use Apple Tablet to Communicate With Special Needs Kids describes several applications on the market or being planned for Apple's iPad device.


NCWD/Youth has released The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Families, Educators, Youth Service Professionals, and Adult Allies Who Care About Youth with Disabilities. This workbook guides adults through teaching young people with disabilities about their rights and responsibilities with respect to disability disclosure.


Updated in February 2010, Strengthening Transition Partnerships: Building Federal Technical Assistance Center Capacity A Transition Resource Directory [MS Word] includes descriptions submitted by federally supported projects and centers with work that focuses on youth transition.


Read Personal Digital Assistants as Cognitive Aids for High School Students with Autism: Results of a Community-Based Trial to learn the outcome of a study conducted in the Commonwealth of Virginia examining the use of PDAs as task management tools.
The Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida operates a local High School/High Tech (HS/HT) program that engages students in exploration of and preparation for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Approximately 1500 students with disabilities participate in the HS/HT programs each year. As a result of program services, 86% of Florida HS/HT graduates annually enroll in postsecondary education, training, or employment.
Effective Integration of Technology & Instructor-Led Training to Promote Soft Skills Mastery [PDF] discusses the use of technology, role play, and simulations of workplace situations to teach the "soft skills" employers say are essential for workplace success.
Work-Based Learning: 
Work-based learning links knowledge gained in the workplace to classroom study. Research shows it can be valuable for all students, but particularly for students with disabilities. Work-Based Learning Jump Start discusses the characteristics of quality work-based learning programs.
Members of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition and other religious groups have signed a Solidarity Statement to promote the hiring of people with disabilities.
Legislation/National News: 
The Social Security Administration has announced there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2011. This means that monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 58 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2011.

According to 2008 and 2009 US Census Data [PDF], about 35% of people with disabilities were employed compared with 72% of people without a disability. North Dakota had the highest employment-to-population ratio for people with disabilities, whereas the District of Columbia, Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia had the lowest employment-to-population ratio for people with disabilities. In 2009, 19.5 million people, or 9.9 percent of the non-institutionalized population aged 16 to 64, had a disability.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Monthly Labor Review for October 2010 [PDF] includes two articles on disability issues, entitled "The impact of the 2007 - 09 recession on workers with disabilities" and "Disability and occupational projections."
Featured Web Site:

Being an Unperson [YouTube video] is a powerful video that will remind everyone who teaches, supports or works with children or adults with disabilities to think twice about the impact of their words and actions.

Do you have specific topics you would like to see addressed in a future
TACE Talks Transition?  Are you doing something innovative in your state that you would like to share with others in the region? Do you have examples of successful student work experiences that might inspire your colleagues? Let us know - we want to hear from you! Contact Kim Brown at

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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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