September 2011

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TACE Talks Transition 
Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE

Upcoming TACE Transition Topics 

From The Field

October 12, 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 16, 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.


Autism & Employment Learning Community Series

Target Audience: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Area Directors

Started in May 2011 Information, tools, and tips to communicate, interact, and support individuals with autism to reach integrated, competitive employment goals.


Job Development Exchange

Target Audience: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Community Rehabilitation Providers

Started in July 2011

The Exchange will focus on what a counselor needs to know, whether they are buying job development services or doing it themselves. The Exchange launched 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.




TACE Training Archives

2010 and 2011 TACE webinar recordings, handouts and PowerPoint slideshows are archived and available for you to access at your convenience.


Upcoming Training Events

On-line Employment Applications and Website Accessibility Webinar

September 27, 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; for questions about training content, contact Cary at


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. 


A Conversation with Kathleen Martinez - Free Webcast

October 12, 2011

12:00-1:00 PM ET

Cornell University's Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) school welcomes Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on October 12th for a free webcast discussion on the employment of people with disabilities.


The Value of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit: An Employer Perspective Webinar

October 13, 2011

2:00-2:30 PM ET


2011 USBLN® Annual Conference & Expo 

October 16 -19, 2011

Louisville, Kentucky

The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) will host its 14th Annual Conference & Expo, "Unlocking Key Business Drivers: Disability in the Workplace, Marketplace and Supply Chain - Strategies for Business Success."


Into Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism Online Course

October 24-December 5, 2011

Cost: $298.07 (tuition and textbook)

This course will provide the participant with an in-depth understanding of the concepts related to positive transition planning for youth with autism.


Job Development Web Course 

October 26-November 8, 2011

Cost: $149

The course includes applying marketing principles, creating various job-seeking tools, and developing business partnerships.


The Workforce Recruitment Program: Tapping the Talent of Students and Graduates with Disabilities Webinar

October 27, 2011

2:00-2:30 PM ET


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

The TASH Conference features learning and networking opportunities that create positive change in the lives of individuals with significant disabilities. TASH brings together every aspect of the disability community to learn from one another, share best practices and unite for a shared vision.The 2011 TASH Conference includes a special learning opportunity on Employment of Youth in Transition. This "conference within the conference" features best practices in youth transition that result in integrated employment for young people perceived as the most challenging to serve.


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 Learning Opportunities

The DBTAC-ADA New England ADA Center is offering a free, self-paced Disability Rights Course. The course takes approximately two hours to complete and includes real life scenarios, quizzes and a final exam. It has been approved for two clock hour credits from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). 

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 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.

We listened to you... 
Some of our survey respondents told us the TTT had grown too long and they could not find time to read it. We've shortened this issue in several ways. For example, instead of invidually listing each archived TACE webinar, we provide a link to the archives so you can explore the offerings when you have a chance. Additionally, we only list TACE Transition Webinars even though TACE has a variety of other scheduled sessions (related to mental illness, offenders, and other topics). You may learn about these sessions on the TACE Events page.


If you haven't yet responded to our survey, it isn't too late! Thank you in advance for your participation!  



Counselor Tips:  

Jay Hooper, the Maryville (Tennessee) High School Special Education/Work-Based Learning Coordinator, asked that we share the following with TTT readers:


Dear Friends,


I would like to share a cooperative effort between the Maryville High School Work Based Learning Coordinator and local VR Counselor/Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Maryville, Tennessee.The Tennessee Rehabilitation Center of Maryville, Tennessee, has been chosen to officially launch our local efforts with the reading of a proclamation by our State Senator Doug Overbey.


In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month initiated by The State of Tennessee Department of Human Services on October 1, 2009, the Mayors from The City of Alcoa, The City of Maryville, and Blount County will designate by Proclamation on October 19, 2011, as the week to recognize local citizens, businesses, and agencies within our community.


The City of Alcoa, The City of Maryville, and Blount County proclaim October 17-21, 2011 in commemoration of employment opportunities for Tennesseans with disabilities. The hope of Disability Employment Awareness Week is that employers in our community will be reminded of the contributions these individuals can make in the workplace and increase awareness about the talents and abilities of citizens with disabilities.


Whereas, from that day forward Disability Employment Awareness Week will occur in the month of October with an annual recognition to be held in the third week of October. Disability Employment Awareness Week will celebrate the achievement and successes of disabled citizens through quality educational services, employment opportunities, and vocational training within our community.


The theme calls attention to abilities and skills of local citizens with disabilities through greater knowledge, awareness, and understanding. Disability Employment Awareness Week celebrates the efforts of businesses, government agencies and local community organizations in working with partners and volunteers to increase awareness of our citizens with disabilities. Maximizing resources for citizens with disabilities increases value for all. Embracing opportunity for young adults puts success in sight for students with disabilities. Inclusion builds a community that meets everyone's needs.


Jay Hooper

Maryville High School

Special Education/Work Based Learning Coordinator

825 Lawrence Avenue

Maryville, TN 37803




Thanks for sharing, Jay!



Transition Innovation:

School Days to Pay Days: An Employment Planning Guide for Families of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities was collaboratively designed by the Institute for Community Inclusion and the Department of Developmental Services through the Work Without Limits employment initiative. The booklet helps families get started with the school-to-work transition process.


Read the U.S. Department of Labor's latest blog, Transitioning from College to a Career.

The "No Excuses" TASH National Conference will take place November 30 - December 3, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2011 Conference includes a special learning opportunity on Employment of Youth in Transition. This "conference within the conference" features best practices in youth transition that result in integrated employment for young people perceived as the most challenging to serve.


The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released the updated report Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact. According to the report, the benefits (such as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers' compensation and training costs, and improving company diversity) employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost. The employers in the study reported that over 50% of accommodations cost nothing to make, while the rest typically cost less than $500.


The Institute for Education Sciences announces their new report, Post-High School Outcomes of Young Adults With Disabilities up to 6 Years After High School: Key Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 [PDF]. The report includes postsecondary enrollment rates; employment rates; engagement in employment, education, and/or job training activities; household circumstances (e.g., residential independence, parenting status); and social and community involvement.

Customized Employment Examples:  

The Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy has released Customized Employment videos for employers, youth, and the general audience. The videos highlight the benefits of Customized Employment, an employment strategy which matches the skills and preferences of the individual with the specific business needs of the employer.


Real People, Real Jobs: Stories from the Front Line, part of The Institute for Community Inclusion's Access to Integrated Employment project, features stories of people with developmental disabilities in community employment and the strategies that were used to help them find and keep these jobs. 


The Employer Assistance and Resource Network has released their Federal Workplace Mentoring Primer for any federal government employee interested in learning the basics of workplace mentoring.


Costs, Cuts, and Consequences: Charting a New Course for Working-Age People with Disabilities [PDF] examines expenditures to assist working-age people with disabilities and suggests structural changes that would make programs more efficient and benefit the nation's economy.

National News: 

In Employment of People with Disabilities: Federal Efforts to Increase Job Placements [PDF], Assistant Secretary Martinez addresses "Employment First," implementing sound employment policies, specific Office of Disability Employment Policy initiatives, and the challenges for the future.


In June, the National Technical Assistance and Research (NTAR) Leadership Center published The Great Recession and Serving Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: Perspectives from One-Stop Career Centers and Rapid Response Coordinators [PDF]. The report examines the impact of the recession on people with disabilities and also looks at efforts such as Rapid Response to minimize the impact.  


Post-Secondary Education: 
The August Think College Newsletter is now available. Features include a profile of the Transition Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and "College for Students with Autism Isn't Easy, but It Is Possible."


On June 23, 2011, the National Center for Education Statistics released Students with Disabilities at Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions. This report presents survey findings about students with disabilities, the services and accommodations provided, policies regarding accessibility, other institutional policies regarding students with disabilities, and more.


The Healthy and Ready for College! [PDF] Think College brief focuses on health care transitions for students moving into post-secondary education.


Social Security
A special issue of the Social Security Bulletin explores the employment and work-related activities of individuals receiving benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs. 


Featured Web Sites:

As part of President Barack Obama's Executive Order (EO) "Establishing a Coordinated Government-Wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce," the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has launched a new Diversity and Inclusion website.


The Virginia Department of Education Self-Determination Project recently updated their I'm Determined web site.

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 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.

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

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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