December 2010

Southeast TACE Region IV

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

Using Discovery vs. Evaluation to Learn from Work Experiences

January 20, 2011

2:00-4:00 PM EST

Are you having trouble using "tests" to guide a consumer toward a career or a job? Join the next webinar on Work Experiences and Discovery. "Discovery" is defined as an alternative to traditional evaluations and how they relate to work experiences. The two strategies will be discussed along with clarifying the outcomes of work experiences. All persons in a work experience offer us information if the purpose of the work experience is clear from the beginning. Work experiences are often used to learn about the job seeker's interests in a career sector, contributions to an employer, and to learn both social and physical environments in which the job seeker excels. Work experiences are also sought to teach the job seeker targeted skills in his area of interest or to "catch" an employer's interest for a possible hire. This session will review how to target these outcomes and how to capture the information in a meaningful way to guide the job seeker toward a meaningful career.


Getting the Most out of Summer Transition Activities

February 10, 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



Selecting the "Right" Work Experiences with Youth

Upcoming Training Events

February 8, 2011
2:00-3:00 PM EST
Cost: None

Join this Job Accommodation Network-sponsored webinar for a discussion of current events in accommodation including tough accommodation situations, tricky ADA issues, technology challenges, and practical tips for handling job accommodation issues.

Be sure to check the TACE Events page for the most up-to-date training announcements.
More Training  Opportunities 
Workplace Personal Assistance Services Self-paced Seminar

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

Cost: None

This self-paced web course covers the employment requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The course has been approved for 2.5 clock hour credits through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Cost: None

This web site offers all of the lecture content and supporting materials for the Yale Seminar on Autism and Related Disorders undergraduate course.

Cost: None


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.


We're pleased to report that more and more of you are accessing the resources available through the Southeast TACE. The October Work Experience Strand webinar welcomed 328 participants and the November session saw that number increase to 410. Our TACE Transition Listserv has grown to 162 members, with Tennessee (68 members), Georgia (33 members) and Florida (30 members) topping the enrollment charts. During this holiday season, please consider inviting your colleagues to join the network so we can share transition best practices across our great region.  

Just 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!    

And remember to visit the TACE Transition web site regularly to learn about current events in the world of transition.

We hope you find the December TTT interesting, engaging and helpful, and we wish you a wonderful holiday season.

Transition Portals Are Live!

The Portals for the TACE Transition Services are 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: 
With income tax season just around the corner, now is the time to talk with your Vocational Rehabilitation clients about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a federal income tax credit for low-income workers.  Did you know only 17% of people with disabilities claim this credit? The credit can reduce the amount of tax your clients owe, or be a direct refund to them. The tax credit ranges from $475 for an individual with no children, to $5,036 for a family with two children. The refund does not count as earned income against Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. This tax credit is a great incentive for many of your clients who are struggling to make work pay.

Transition Innovation:

The PDA 4 Memory Project has developed and is marketing their new workbook Organizing Your Life with the iPOD Touch: Making Cognitive Connections at Home, Work, and School. Topics covered in the workbook include: Making Cognitive Connections, iPod Touch Basics, The Clock App, The Calendar App, The Contacts App and The Notes App.

Great Expectations: Preparing Your Child with Developmental Disabilities for Employment Success [PDF] was prepared by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. This guide offers information on workplace trends, the value of work and available programs and supports for parents of children with developmental disabilities.


The U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration commended the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) for its "outreach to youth with disabilities, funding of services for eligible youth while they are still in high school, and its positive relationships with partners in providing services and leveraging resources to serve transitioning students with disabilities. DORS has executed interagency agreements with four local school districts in order to ensure that students have the necessary accommodations to transition from high school. These agreements establish that DORS will purchase assistive technology for eligible transitioning students with significant disabilities and that the school will train the student in the use of that technology."


Over half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner's home. offers links to a number of resources to help interested individuals learn more about starting and managing a home-based business. Links include guides to planning the business; ideas about securing financing; marketing information; and tax tips.
In November 2010, the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC) offered a free webcast addressing employment for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The webcast and accompanying materials have been archived and are available for public access. Join Successful Employment for Individuals Who Use AAC to hear presenters David McNaughton and Anthony Arnold share research findings on key supports to employment for individuals who use AAC, and describe the employment success stories of a variety of individuals who use AAC.
The Campaign for Disability Employment recently unveiled new posters and discussion guides to accompany their "I Can" public service announcement. These materials are designed to promote the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities. Outreach materials may be ordered free of charge from the What Can You Do? web site.
The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders is offering free online access through December 31, 2010. Read the journal to learn more about current research into the biochemical, neurological and genetic aspects of autism and developmental disorders, as well as the entire spectrum of interventions.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center has announced their 2011 Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Online Course Schedule.

Legislation/National News: 

Bills to provide one-time $250 payments to Social Security beneficiaries fail

The House and Senate both failed to pass legislation to grant people with disabilities, seniors, and other Social Security beneficiaries a one-time $250.00 payment that would have helped to offset the fact that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment in 2011 for the second year in a row.


Model Strategies for Recruitment and Hiring of People with Disabilities as Required Under Executive Order 13548

provides guidance to Executive departments and agencies to improve their efforts to employ Federal workers with disabilities and targeted disabilities through increased recruitment, hiring, and retention of these individuals.


On this 35th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), we invite you to read President Obama's statement,

learn more about IDEA from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services and watch Celebrating 35 Years of IDEA [YouTube video].


The Impact of the Great Recession Upon the Unemployment of Americans with Disabilities by Neeta P. Fogg, Paul E. Harrington and Brian T. McMahon, assesses and discusses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics about the impact of the Great Recession on working-age persons with disabilities in America.


The Impact of the 2007-2009 Recession on Workers with Disabilities by H. Stephen Kaye, Ph.D., describes how people with disabilities fared worse in the Great Recession than the general population.  

Featured Web Site:

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force has launched the new Social Security and People with Disabilities web site. Visit the site to learn more about the importance of the Social Security disability, survivor, and retirement insurance programs for people with disabilities and their families.

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

If you have any questions about TACE or would like to request technical assistance, please contact Civa Shumpert at

For questions about the Southeast TACE Transition Listserv or the monthly Southeast TACE Talks Transition, please contact Kim Brown at

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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