June 2011

Southeast TACE Region IV

TACE Talks Transition 
Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE


Upcoming TACE Topics 

The World of iPads, iPods Touches, and Apps

June 21, 2011

1:30-3:00 PM ET

This webinar will cover the accessibility features that come standard with iPads and iPod Touches as well as share a few favorite Apps that can assist individuals with disabilities.


An Overview of SSI and SSDI and Implications for Transition Planning

June 28, 2011

12:00-2:00 PM ET

This session will provide an overview of SSI and SSDI and explain the impact of income on both. 


Autism 101

July 6, 2011

12:00-1:00 PM ET

This webinar will address operational definitions for Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities; recognizing Autism broadly; relevant data & statistics; common characteristics; tips for communicating & interacting; and common supports. 


Social Security Work Incentives and Transition

July 21, 2011

12:00-2:00 PM ET

This session builds on the previous session to explain and illustrate how Social Security Work Incentives can be used to support transition from school to work for youth with disabilities.


Introducing the Online Toolkit for Job Placement and Employment Professionals

July 28, 2011

1:00-2:30 PM ET

This webinar will demonstrate the innovative employment focused on-line tool kit. The tool kit is organized around the six steps of the employment process.


Real Lives, Real Stories

August 17, 2011

12:00-1:00 PM ET

The webinar will give VR personnel specific, real cases of 3-6 transition-age individuals with autism who have achieved competitive employment or are in the process of seeking and achieving it.


Community Employment for Everyone

August 24, 2011

12:00-2:00 PM ET

This family-targeted session will share stories about young adults with various disabilities working in their communities. Information will also be shared about the impact of a paycheck on SSI and SSDI, state and individual Medicaid thresholds for earnings and Social Security Work Incentives.


From The Field

September 28, 2011

12:00-1:00 PM ET

VR Counselors will share information and specific details about the effective approaches and supports they utilize for clients with autism.


Community Partnerships, Organization, & Employers  

November 9, 2011

12:00-1:00 PM ET

A variety of community partners, organizations, and employers will share their experiences collaborating on the employment outcomes of individuals with autism and the possibilities for employment.


Archives Available!

TACE 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



Using Discovery vs. Evaluation to Learn from Work Experiences



How Can You Establish a Climate that is Excited about Serving Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities



Recruitment & Retention of Individuals with Disabilities and Multicultural Backgrounds into the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Profession 



Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities 



Getting the Most out of Summer Transition Activities



Flexible Workplaces Benefit Everyone, Especially Persons with Disabilities



Impact of How VRCs View Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities on their Caseload



Approaches to Understanding What an Individual Has to Offer an Employer



Steps of Customized Job Development Whether Developing Job Yourself or Contracting with a CRP



Creating Workplace Partners through Work Experiences



Self-Employment as a Viable Option for Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities



Recruitment & Retention of Individuals with Disabilities and Multicultural Backgrounds into the VR Profession Part 2 

Upcoming Training Events

Creating a Model with Business: Common Sense Approaches to Access and Accommodations Webinar

June 16, 2011

1:30-3:00 PM EST

Cost: None
This presentation will address seven key areas for delivering reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities in the work place.

June 21, 2011

12:00-12:30 PM ET

Cost: None

This is the first part of a three-part series of webcasts featuring effective vocational rehabilitation programs identified by the Project's National Advisory Panel. 

June 22, 2011

3:00-4:30 PM ET

Cost: None

How to stay in control of  benefits while enriching lives through employment. 

42nd Autism Society National Conference and Exposition

July 6-9, 2011
Orlando, Florida

This conference addresses the range of issues affecting people with autism.


On-line Employment Applications and Website Accessibility Webinar

September 15, 2011

1:30-3:00 PM ET

Cost: None

Learn how to make your online applications fully accessible to a valuable talent pool.


Discovery & Job Development for Individuals with Autism

October 4-5, 2011

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Tuition: $245

Reveals best practice in Customized Employment meeting the unique and often complex circumstances of individuals with significant disabilities. RSVP to blueskyplanning@gmail.com; for questions about training content, contact Cary at cgriffin@griffinhammis.com


2011 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

November 3-4, 2011
Fairfax, Virginia

The conference will provide an opportunity for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to discuss the current state of research and practice in the field. 


2011 National Transition Conference: College and Careers for Youth with Disabilities

November 7-9, 2011 (Conference may be moved to 2012 - check the web site for regular updates.)

Washington, DC

This important conference will provide a forum for the development of an action agenda and will bring together critical partners in the transition community.  Watch for the "call for presenters" and consider submitting your proposal!


Be sure to check the TACE Events page 

for the most up-to-date training announcements.

Other Training Opportunities

The Training Resource Network offers on-demand training covering a variety of topics including Orientation to Disabilities, Person-Centered Planning, Task Analysis, Customizing and Job Carving, Ending Disability Segregation and Employment First Principles. Sessions run 35 to 90 minutes and can be paused and repeated as needed. The purchase price includes 24-hour access for 3 days.


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.


To make the TACE Talks Transition as useful as possible, we encourage you to let us know about your innovative local practices, transition tips for VR Counselors, and Customized Employment success stories. Send an email to Kim Brown at brown@ruralinstitute.umt.edu and she'll schedule a telephone interview with you to learn more about what you are doing. The information will be written up and shared in a future TACE Talks Transition and on the TACE Transition Services web site.


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 join the listserv, they simply visit the the Southeast TACE Transition Services web site  and follow 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.

Have you visited your Portal recently?

The Portals for the TACE Transition Services are a fantastic resource...let's make sure we're using them!  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. If you have a MyTACE Account, email

tacesoutheast@law.syr.edu and request to join the TACE Transition Network. If you don't already have a MyTACE account, follow the instructions to "Create a New MyTACE Account" and also apply for Portal access.

We want to hear from you!
Next month the TACE Talks Transition will be one year old. To ensure that we're providing you with the transition-related information you want and need, we're asking you to help the TTT celebrate its birthday a bit early by completing a brief online survey. Please take the time to let us know how we are doing. Thank you in advance for your participation!  

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Counselor Tips: 
The Social Security Administration's Youth Transition Demonstration Projects: Interim Report on the City University of New York's Project [PDF] by Thomas Fraker, Alison Black, Joseph Broadus, Arif Mamun, Michelle Manno, John Martinez, Reanin McRoberts, Anu Rangarajan, and Debbie Reed, presents first-year evaluation findings for the City University of New York project, which served youth ages 14 through 19 in Bronx County from August 2006 to May 2010.


Highlights of the report include:

        A number of services were delivered through a two-semester series of Saturday morning recreational activities and workshops on self-determination, benefits planning, and career development

        These workshops replaced a summer institute that had been held in a college campus setting

        Approximately half of the enrollees had paid summer work experiences through the project

        The project engaged parents and other family members through workshops on benefits planning, advocacy, and community services

        Services were individualized and included person-centered planning, benefits counseling, and referrals for additional services

        Summer employment was guaranteed for youth who were interested

        Three benefits advisors were among the project staff, as were career development specialists and parent advocates

        Most of the project staff resided in the local community, were demographically representative of the project families, and had children with disabilities or had disabilities themselves

        CUNY students served as "buddies" to the youth participating in the Saturday activities and as job coaches

        Parent peer mentors were also available


The report concludes that "the project increased participation in paid employment during the year following random assignment. The timing of this increase suggests that it occurred because many treatment group members participated in summer employment through the YTDP." Report authors identify five distinctive features of the YTDP project:

1. Enrollees were relatively young (ages 14 to 19) and nearly all of them were still in school.

2. The project leveraged diverse resources from the university where it was housed.

3. Parental and family involvement was central.

4. Most YTDP services were delivered through workshops and other group activities, which were held on Saturdays to accommodate student schedules and facilitate parental involvement.

5. The YTDP partnered with the New York City Summer Youth Employment Program to provide its enrollees with paid work experiences (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2011, page 119).

TEAM Legislation Update:

The TEAM Employment Act [PDF] was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training on March 4, 2011.


The TEAM Empowerment Act [PDF] was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on February 18, 2011.

The TEAM Education Act [PDF] was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education on March 4, 2011. 

Transition Innovation:

NCWD/Youth's blog featured interesting and timely posts in May. If Batman and the Hulk Got in a Fight, Who Would Win (Musings on Innovative Employer Partnerships) reminds us that young people need exposure to a variety of jobs. Too often, they are only aware of the employment options they see on television or that their parents have chosen. Youth with Disabilities Shift the Paradigm of Community Service (Part 1 of 2) focuses on changing the perception of people with disabilities from the "needy" to leaders and contributors in their communities.  


The NCWD/Youth's latest Info Brief, Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families, offers suggestions to help parents and family members work with young adults to develop the "soft skills" essential for on-the-job success. 


The University of Montana Rural Institute recently updated and re-released their Transition Assessment and Planning Guide. This tool was developed as a guide to assist youth, families and support staff to conceptualize and plan for the young person's transition from school to adult life by taking a strengths-based, student-centered approach. In using the guide, teams can identify post-secondary goals, relevant skills and experiences that will lead to the achievement of those goals, the student's present levels of performance within environments that are meaningful to them, and accommodations and supports that are currently working for the student. 


The State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) has created an updated list of Employment First resources [PDF] from across the country.
Customized Employment Examples:  

Cary Griffin, Senior Partner with Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC, recently shared a link to Customized and Supported Employment examples from their Minnesota TA & Training Center project and from their Microenterprise and Customized Employment project with the Ohio Rehab Services Commission. Thanks for the informative case studies, Cary!


Adult Autism & Employment - A Guide for Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals [PDF] from the Disability Policy and Studies office at the University of Missouri discusses the aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders that can affect a person's job performance and how accommodations on the job and in the work environment can help.

National News: 

Federal Workforce: Practices to Increase the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities [PDF] features testimony about strategies to improve the rate of federal employment of individuals with disabilities. Forum participants identified the most significant barrier keeping people with disabilities from the workplace as attitudinal (biases against people with disabilities and low expectations because of a focus on disability instead of ability).  

Post-Secondary Education: 
The May 2011 Think College Newsletter is now available. Read about Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) projects in Minnesota and New York and consider how institutions of higher education in your state might better support students with Intellectual Disabilities to succeed. 

Social Security: 
The SSI Savers Act of 2011, or H.R. 2103 [PDF] was recently introduced by Representatives Tom Petri (R-WI) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA). This bill would increase SSI asset limits for the first time since 1989. Asset limits would be increased from $2,000 (individuals) and $3,000 (couples) to $5,000 and $7,500 respectively, and would index those limits to inflation. For recipients younger than 65, the bill excludes retirement, education savings, and individual development accounts from counting against the limit. 

Featured Web Sites:

Employment First Georgia/EFG - Realizing Possibilities is an exciting new web site in our region. Explore the site for Personal Stories, Resources, Featured Events, and other information related to Georgia's Employment First initiative. 


USAJOBS is the US government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information. People with disabilities may check for jobs on a dedicated page and apply either competitively, non-competitively (where a qualified individual may be selected based on a special appointing authority), or through "Schedule A." People with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities who have medical documentation can apply directly to agencies' Selective Placement Program Coordinators (SPPC) to receive placement assistance.


My Next Move is a career information and planning tool recently launched by the U.S. Department of Labor. Visitors can search for job information by keywords or by industry. The site also offers a survey to help individuals find career suggestions that match their interests and training.

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 youth work experiences that might inspire your colleagues? Let us know - we want to hear from you! Contact Kim Brown at brown@ruralinstitute.umt.edu.

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

For questions about the Southeast TACE Transition Listserv or the monthly Southeast TACE Talks Transition, please contact Kim Brown at brown@ruralinstitute.umt.edu

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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Please remember - We want to hear from you!

Next month the TACE Talks Transition will be one year old. To ensure that we're providing you with the transition-related information you want and need, we're asking you to help the TTT celebrate its birthday a bit early by completing a brief online survey. Please take the time to let us know how we are doing. Thank you in advance for your participation!