July 2011

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TACE Talks Transition 
Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE


Upcoming TACE Topics 

Social Security Work Incentives and Transition

July 21, 2011

12:00-2:00 PM ET

Learn how Social Security Work Incentives can be used to support transition from school to work.


Introducing the Online Toolkit for Job Placement and Employment Professionals

July 28, 2011

1:00-2:30 PM ET

Demonstration of the innovative employment focused on-line tool kit.


Real Lives, Real Stories

August 17, 2011

12:00-1:00 PM ET

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. 


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.

TACE Training Archives

TACE webinars 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 



Part One: 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  



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



The World of iPads, iPods Touches, and Apps



An Overview of SSI and SSDI and Implications for Transition Planning



Autism 101



An Overview of Employment Approaches and Strategies to Serve all Persons


Upcoming Training Events

Effective VR Programs for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders Part 2 Featuring POW&R

July 18, 2011
3:00-3:30 PM ET
Cost: None
POW&R (Productive Opportunities for Work and Recreation) provides employment services to people with ASD in Newark, Delaware.


Meeting Business Needs in 2011 and Beyond: Disability Recruitment, Inclusion, and Retention Webinar

July 21, 2011
2:00-3:30 PM ET
National APSE, NOD and DirectEmployers (DE) Association invite you to focus on corporate hiring needs and a coordinated approach to increasing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment goals in your state and across the nation. 


The Nature of Effective Individualized Learning Plans and Their Promise in Supporting College and Career Readiness 

(click on "Public Sessions")

July 26, 2011

3:00-4:30 PM ET

Cost: None

Learn about the nature of individualized learning plans (ILPs), promising ILP implementation practices, how ILPs serve as a bridge in supporting both college and career readiness outcomes, and empirical research results related to these efforts. 


National WISE Webinar

July 27, 2011

3:00-4:30 PM ET

Cost: None

Learn more about the Social Security Ticket to Work and other work incentives.


Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series 

August 1-October 24, 2011

Cost: $200 for APSE members

Individuals who complete all of the requirements for VCU's online course in supported employment will be eligible to receive a National Certificate in Employment Services.


13th Annual Autism Summer Institute

August 8-10, 2011

Nashua, New Hampshire

Registration Fees: Professional: $399; Students/Parents/Self-Advocates: $349
A unique opportunity for family members to sit side by side with other members of their children's education teams as they develop a new vision for their student's education, hear from internationally recognized self-advocates who have autism, and learn about the latest evidence-based practices.


Understanding the Role of Vocational Themes in Discovery and Creative Job Development

August 16, 2011
1:00-2:00 PM ET
Cost: $50 APSE Members/ $100 Non-Members
Explore the critical activities of the Discovering Personal Genius strategy and how discerning the Vocational Themes moves us beyond stereotypical jobs into jobs and businesses where new skills are learned and solid employment lives are possible.


Disability and Stigma: Are you Creating it or Dispelling it?

September 8, 2011

1:00-2:00 PM ET

Cost: $50 APSE Members/ $100 Non-Members

Learn how to recognize stigma in marketing; strike a balance between the message of social justice and community inclusion; and formulate respectful images of job seekers without pity or myth.


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.


Second International Research Conference on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

September 18-21, 2011
Philadelphia, PA
For persons in recovery, researchers, administrators, policymakers, funders, providers, family members, students, advocates and others who are interested in cutting edge research and innovative practices that promote community integration and broaden community participation.


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


Partnering to Increase Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities  

October 6, 2011

2:00-3:00 PM ET

Cost: $50 APSE Members/$100 Non-members

An overview of the array of national, regional and state initiatives underway to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 


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

November 3-4, 2011
Fairfax, Virginia

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. 


Alliance for Full Participation: Real Jobs--It's Everyone's Business

November 17-19, 2011

National Harbor, Maryland

Be a part of a national conference that seeks to find solutions to the challenges facing increasing integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


"No Excuses" - TASH National Conference

November 30-December 3, 2011

Atlanta, Georgia


2012 Disability Policy Seminar

April 23-25, 2012

Washington, DC

Save the date! 


Be sure to check the TACE Events page 

for the most up-to-date training announcements.


Other Training Opportunities

Social Security Webinar recordings   

The Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities has posted recordings and slides from two recent webinars on Social Security. 


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 accessed your Portal today?

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.

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TACE Talks Transition celebrates its first birthday this month. To ensure that we're providing you with the transition-related information you want and need, we ask that you complete our brief online survey. Please take the time to let us know how we are doing. Thank you in advance for your participation!  



Counselor Tips: 
Participate in TACE'S Job Development Exchange and enhance your ability to help jobseekers with disabilities achieve employment outcomes. Tap into all the job development resources available from your colleagues, from national experts and from businesses and jobseekers themselves.


Vocational rehabilitation counselors and community rehabilitation providers (CRPs) must effectively interest employers in hiring their clients. In our current economy with unemployment over nine percent, businesses are inundated with individuals seeking employment. Many employers have little time or interest in hearing from us. The rehabilitation system needs new job development skills and tools in order to successfully create employment options.


The Job Development Exchange is designed to provide vocational rehabilitation counselors and CRPs with the wealth of information they need to successfully engage both large and small employers. It will offer a range of strategies, techniques and tools needed to insure that all individuals with disabilities obtain employment outcomes. The Exchange will focus on what a counselor needs to know, whether they are buying job development services or doing it themselves.


Exchange participants will be able to tap into the rich expertise of colleagues, businesses, jobseekers and national authorities via multimedia products and networking tools. The Exchange will launch with an Online Toolkit for Job Placement and Employment Professionals and a series of webinars, to be followed by an evolving menu of timely resources, tools and interactive learning opportunities.


The first six months' webinar topics will range from core competencies to practical tips to cutting edge practices, including:

#1:       Job Development Overview

#2:       Tools for Job Development

#3:       Distinguishing Employment Relationships: Competitive and Customized Employment

#4:       Job Development in Rural Areas

#5:       Developing Sales Tools for Customizing Employment: The Portfolio and Visual Resume

#6:       Preparing for Negotiations with Employers

#7:       Employer Networks:  Creating, Maintaining and Managing Employer Relationships and an Overview of Types of Employer Networks

#8:       Building Employer Networks

#9:       Employer Needs Analysis

#10:     Basics of Negotiation


All webinars will be supplemented with discussion groups, downloadable tools and invaluable access to national experts, peers and leaders in the field.

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:

Ready, Set, Fly: A Parent's Guide to Teaching Life Skills [PDF] covers such topics as money management, social skills, nutrition, self-care, work skills, housing and transportation, community resources, and learning about candidates in elections. This guide will help families help their young adults gain the skills they need to live as independently and as well as possible.


Making the Move to Managing Your Own PAS: A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities assists youth in strengthening some of the most fundamental skills essential for successfully managing their own Personal Assistance Service (PAS): effective communication, time-management, working with others, and establishing professional relationships.


The Riot announces that Space Race is now available for purchase. This game is designed to teach people with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages about self-determination. Players talk about career interests, where they want to live, who they want to spend time with, community involvement, and health. Players record their ideas on a "Space Log" that later can be used during transition or service planning.


The National Post-School Outcomes Center's website offers a number of excellent transition resources from the recent Secondary Transition State Planning Institute. Click on "presentations" and then "5th Annual Secondary Transition State Planning Institute." Examples include:


        Innovative Strategies: Navigating the Road to Work [PPT] presented by Curtis Richards of the National Center on Workforce and Disability for Youth and Jennifer Kemp, Office of Disability Employment Policy (includes a discussion of the Evidence-Based Guideposts for Successful Transition: School-Based Preparatory Experiences; Career Preparation and Work-Based Learning; Youth Development and Leadership; Connecting Activities; and Family Involvement and Supports, along with several Research to Practice examples)


  What We Really Know about Students With Intellectual Disabilities Participating in Postsecondary Education [PPT] presented by Meg Grigal & Debra Hart, Think College, at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Their workshop included the finding that "youth who participated in PSE were 26% more likely to leave Vocational Rehabilitation with paid employment and earned a 73% higher weekly income." Migliore, A., Butterworth, J., & Hart, D. 2009. Postsecondary Education and Employment Outcomes for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities. Fast Facts Series, No. 1. Boston, MA: Institute for Community Inclusion


        Continuity in Transitions for People Who Use AT (PDF) presented by Gayl Bowser from Oregon.

The Department of Labor's Add Us In National Diversity Forum is a public event taking place at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC on August 4, 2011, from 8:30am-4:00pm.The meeting will initiate a national discussion around how efforts like Add Us In can look at the intersection of business, diversity and disability in order to bring benefit to individuals with disabilities, small businesses, targeted communities and the economy as a whole. Early registration is encouraged.


Still in the Shadows with Their Future Uncertain: Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports is the summary report of findings from The Arc's FINDS (Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports) survey.
Assistive Technology:

RoboBraille is a free, non-commercial provider of document conversions for accessibility. You can send an e-mail with an attached text document to the RoboBraille e-mail account and receive the document back in an accessible format.


App Accessibility: Are We at a Tipping Point? is a March 2011 posting to the Official FCC Blog by Pam Gregory, Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative. Director Gregory lists a number of new educational apps that may help persons with disabilities, including: Wallet Advanced to safely manage a client's website logins, credit card info and other private information; Pill Time to remind a client to take his or her medications (it also breaks up the individual's medications by medication type, ailment concerned, dosage, frequency and the specific time of day); PhotoDiary so clients can track their day with photographs, and add captions and date and time-stamps to the photos; and Ring Finger, a speed dialing program that can be programmed for time and automated calling (for example, it could automatically connect a client with his or her job coach at 1:30 each day).

Customized Employment Examples:  

A big thank you to Cary Griffin of Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC for sharing with us these video links from the Iowa Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG):Self-Employed Iowans with disabilities [YouTube Video] and Wage Earners with disabilities in Iowa [YouTube Video]


Job Seekers with Disabilities at One-Stop Career Centers: An Examination of Registration for Wagner-Peyser Funded Employment Services, 2002 to 2009 examines trends over time on a national and state-by-state basis in the percentage of job seekers with disabilities who register for the Wagner-Peyser Employment Service and identify as having a disability.


Adding Value to Small Businesses introduces Add Us In, a new U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) initiative that aims to assist small businesses - including the rapidly increasing number of those owned by diverse individuals - to employ people with disabilities.

The Kessler Foundation and the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development recently released Social Enterprise Business: A Strategy for Creating Good Jobs for People with Disabilities [PDF]. The report discusses the merits of social enterprises and strategies for creating successful social enterprises that employ people with disabilities. Successful social enterprises must provide an inclusive environment in which workers earn minimum wage or more and have the opportunity for advancement.


"More and more Americans with disabilities are going into business for themselves. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, people with disabilities are almost twice as likely as individuals without disabilities to start a business..." Visit the Disability Blog to read more about resources for entrepreneurs with disabilities.


Featured articles in the June Disabilities At Work Newsletter include:

  • Kessler Survey: A Long Way to Go, which shares the finding that only three percent of people who identify themselves as having a disability are working.
  • Business Simulation Training for New Jersey Students, an overview of the LearnDoEarn Student Achievement System. This partnership between the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development offers free week-long business simulation "Boot Camps" this summer for college-bound students with disabilities who will be entering the ninth or tenth grade this fall.
  • Connecting to Business Opportunities shares how businesses owned by individuals with disabilities can increase their access to potential contracting opportunities with major corporations, government agencies and other disability-owned businesses through the Disability Supplier Diversity Program.

National News: 

Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, recently delivered the keynote address at the National Federation of the Blind's annual convention. She highlighted ODEP's upcoming Integrated Employment Toolkit of resources to ensure that people with significant disabilities have access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities with benefits and wages at or above minimum wage. Martinez also spoke about ODEP's continued efforts to guide the department's participation in Project SEARCH, which provides work experience in federal agencies to high school youth with disabilities.


On the anniversary of the Olmstead decision, the Obama Administration recommitted to assisting Americans with disabilities. As stated in a White House press release, "On June 22, 1999, the Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C. that, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities was a form of unlawful discrimination. Since taking office, the Obama Administration has taken many steps to uphold both the letter and the spirit of the ADA. 'The landmark Olmstead case affirmed the rights of Americans with disabilities to live independently,' said President Obama. 'On this anniversary, let's recommit ourselves to building on the promise of Olmstead by working to end all forms of discrimination, and uphold the rights of Americans with disabilities and all Americans.' Since the Olmstead ruling, much progress has been made..."

President Obama greets Olmstead delegation 

President Barack Obama looks at a painting presented to him by artist Lois Curtis, center, during their meeting in the Oval Office, June 20, 2011. Joining them are, from left, Janet Hill and Jessica Long, from the Georgia Department of Labor, and Lee Sanders, of Briggs and Associates. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 





Post-Secondary Education: 
The Research to Practice brief Role of Mentoring in College Access and Success [PDF] synthesizes scholarly research into the role of mentoring to promote college access and success.


The June/July 2011 Think College Newsletter is now available. Highlights include Friends By Inclusion; TPSID Spotlight: TOPS Program; A Most Special Commencement; and Title IV Eligibility for Students with ID.

Social Security: 
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is facing a major fiscal crisis. The SSDI Trust Fund: New Solutions to an Old Problem [PDF] discusses an approach to a long-term solution using a work support policy that could reduce entry into the program and improve the economic outlook for workers with disabilities.

Featured Web Sites:

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults offers a wealth of information and access to resources, including the HKNC's regional representatives located in ten offices across the country. Examples of services provided by the regional representatives include consumer advocacy; consultation and technical assistance to schools and agencies; professional development and in-service training; maintenance of the HKNC National Registry of Persons Who Are Deaf-Blind; and information and referral.


The US Department of Justice (DOJ) launched the Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone web site that includes information and resources about the Olmstead case and decision, a searchable map that lists ongoing Olmstead litigation in the 12 Circuit Courts of Appeals involving DOJ, guidance for states and local governments about the Americans with Disabilities Act integration mandate, and information about how to file an Olmstead complaint.
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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.

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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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