December 2011

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TACE Talks Transition 
Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE

Upcoming TACE Transition Topics 

Employer Networks: An Overview of Various Types of Employer Networks

January 11, 2012

2:00-4:00 PM ET

Join this session to learn strategies to tap into or to build employer networks to assist in job development.


Transition toward Excellence Achievement & Mobility: An Overview of the TEAM Legislation

January 18, 2012
1:00-2:30 PM ET
During this webinar, participants will learn about a trio of federal legislation, known as Transitioning toward Excellence, Achievement & Mobility (TEAM), that attempts to coordinate cross-systems efforts to improve and ensure that youth with significant disabilities transitioning to adulthood achieve outcomes related to post-secondary education, integrated employment, and economic advancement.


An Overview of Asset Development

January 24, 2012

1:00-3:00 PM ET

This session will explain what asset development means, why it is important and what is occurring on a national level within the disability field regarding asset development.


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.


Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Mental Health Disabilities Learning Community Series

Target Audience: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Area Directors

Started in October 2011

Information, tools, and tips to communicate, interact, and support individuals with mental health disabilities to reach integrated, competitive employment goals.







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

Hiring People with Disabilities in the Federal Government

January 4, 2012

2:00-3:30 PM ET

This Job Accommodation Network webcast will include a discussion about federal agency plans under Executive Order 13548, which calls for Federal agencies to enhance employment opportunities for people with targeted disabilities.


Developing Relationships with Employers - It's about asking for time, not jobs.

January 12, 2012

2:00-3:00 PM ET

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

The information presented will include insights from employers about how they currently view our services and what they would prefer to see in terms of how job developers approach and interact with them. Ultimately, we have to get away from merely a sales approach and understand that in order to increase employment outcomes for individuals we need to invest time in developing employer relationships, understanding their needs and expectations and, focus less on "quotas" and more on facilitating a good match between the employer and the job seeker.


Think College Webinar Series: The Ins & Outs, Ups & Downs of Mentoring

January 18, 2012

2:00-3:30 PM ET

Topics to be covered include: Mentors and their different roles, Recruiting and Training Mentors, Matching Mentors and Students, Supporting Mentors, the Benefits of mentorship, and Assessment of Mentor Programs.


The Transition to 21st-Century Disability Policy in an Era of Fiscal Austerity: A Road Map

January 20, 2012

12:00-1:30 PM ET

Drawing on years of research, the speakers will review the failings of current policy and then discuss an approach to major structural reforms that could improve the economic status of people with disabilities, while reducing growth in government expenditures for their support.


What Counts? Latest Disability Statistics from Federal Surveys and Resources Webinar

January 25, 2012

3:00-4:30 PM ET)

Dr. Andrew Houtenville, Associate Professor of Economics and Research Director of the Institute on Disability, Whittemore School of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire will discuss the latest Annual Disability Statistics Compendium released in November 2011 and will highlight data that are important in the area of employment-related research and services.


Upcoming Webinar Offers Strategies to Support Student Post-school Outcomes through Transportation Education
January 26, 2012
2:00-3:00 PM ET

Registration deadline: January 20, 2012 

As part of Easter Seals Project ACTION's Promising Practices and Solutions in Accessible Transportation series, ESPA is hosting a webinar that will help educators, administrators, and transit professionals learn strategies to address student transportation needs related to access to community based experiences and attainment of post school goals.


Autism Works National Conference

March 6-7, 2012

St. Louis, Missouri


Council for Exceptional Children Conference

April 11-14, 2012

Denver, Colorado

Registration is now open for the 2012 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention & Expo. The conference will feature a number of strands, including "Transition as an Evolving Field: Our Continuing Successes" and "New Developments in Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders."


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 Job Accommodation Network has archived the Understanding and Accommodating Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Workplace webcast. The session recording, transcript, PowerPoint slides and handouts are available.


Happy New Year's Eve to our monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition subscribers! We hope you will find this December issue packed with valuable transition information and innovations you can put to use in 2012.


We encourage you to let us know about your creative 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.
2011 TASH Employment for Youth in Transition Live Streaming Virtual Conference: 
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Southeast TACE and partners hosted the highly acclaimed national "Employment for Youth in Transition" conference in conjunction with the TASH National Conference, "No Excuses", Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 in Atlanta. This conference for disability community professionals and advocates from across the country was also attended by an unprecedented number of federal and state vocational rehabilitation (VR) leaders attracted by its strong content and field of highly respected presenters. TACE's team not only delivered a high caliber in-person event but also orchestrated live streaming to 250 participants who were unable to attend, underwriting free remote access for all VR partners from the southeast states.


Lynnae Ruttledge, commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and Melody Musgrove, associate commissioner of the Office of Special Education Programs, kicked off a program that featured best practices in integrated employment for young people perceived to be the most challenging to serve. National experts, seasoned practitioners, and business community representatives presented on topics ranging from multi-agency funding strategies and asset development to employment-first strategies and employer perspectives. Southeast TACE sponsored presentations by Resource Network members Norciva Shumpert, Abby Cooper, and Amy Dwyre. The conference set a new standard in bringing the VR community together with practitioners, advocates, and employers to build a new and improved network serving youth with the most significant disabilities.


Visit the TACE website to view the archived live streaming video and download presentations.


Counselor Tips: 

5 Helpful Tips to Successfully Negotiate in a Tough Job Market, a Disability Blog entry by guest blogger Shabana Wollin, PMP, Independent Consultant; Designer of; and Owner of Bluefrog Technologies LLC, offers negotiation tips to assist people who are searching for jobs. These same tips can assist job developers who are assisting and supporting others, and include:

  1. Research the company first.
  2. Make a great first impression.
  3. Keep a job search journal.
  4. Remain calm and confident when a job offer is made.
  5. Confirm the job offer and details in writing; celebrate the job.

Transition Innovation:

Handouts and PowerPoints from the 2011 Summit of the Alliance for Full Participation are now available. Here is just a sampling of the sessions for which materials can be downloaded:

  • Federal Strategies for Promoting the Transition of Youth with Significant Disabilities into Integrated Employment
  • Successful Transition to Employment for People with Most Significant Needs
  • Employment Tips for Job Seekers and Supporters
  • Creating an Employment First Policy: Lessons Learned
  • Talking Business: Effectively Presenting the Value of Employing People with Disabilities
  • Self-Employment and Microenterprise
  • Transportation Challenges: Getting People to Jobs
  • How Successful Partnerships Leverage Resources for Strong Employment Outcomes
  • Customized Employment and Self Employment: Changes at the State VR Level

The Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities recently released Post-School Outcomes for Transitioning Youth with Developmental Disabilities: Can We Predict Integrated Employment? [PDF]. The issue brief summarizes a research study designed to "more clearly define post-school employment outcomes, document the post-school outcomes for youth with developmental disabilities, and examine the predictors of successful integrated employment for youth with developmental disabilities, as defined by eligibility for long term funding support from state developmental disabilities agencies." According to the summary, the two most prominent variables that helped predict integrated employment outcomes for transition-aged youth with developmental disabilities were:

1. Family member expressed preference for paid community employment

2. Paid work experience during school


NCWD/Youth is conducting an online survey on How the Field Uses the Guideposts for Success Youth Transition Framework. They invite youth, families, youth service professionals, policymakers, policy implementers, technical assistance providers, researchers, intermediaries, consultants, and others who support youth in transition to complete the brief survey.


Making Our Way: Autism [Video] is a documentary produced by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), which examines a range of individual experiences with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Some of the topics covered include different learning styles and clues to identifying them; language development; sensory integration challenges; self-stimulatory behaviors; community safety; employment; using special interests to build skills; and service animals to support people with autism.


Friend Indeed - The Bill Sackter Story [YouTube Video] is a 90-minute documentary about a man who grew up in an institution and went on to become a hero for people with disabilities. The movie was voted the #1 Audience Favorite at five consecutive film festivals and was screened at The Arc's National Convention.


A new report by Corporate Voices for Working Families, Why Companies Invest in 'Grow Your Own' Talent Development Models [PDF], examines how and why several American employers invest in the education, training and basic workforce readiness of their employees. The report also calculates the return on investment the firms derive through their education and training programs. The "payoff" to employers includes concrete outcomes and cost savings, in addition to higher employee retention, reduced turnover costs, greater workplace diversity, enhanced customer loyalty, and a positive community reputation.

Customized & Supported Employment:  

The Training Resource Network is offering a free download of the Griffin-Hammis podcast transcript A Candid Conversation about Employment, Segregation & Sub-Minimum Wage [PDF]. Read this discussion between Dale DiLeo and Cary Griffin about sheltered work, sub-minimum wage, questionable employment training programs for people with autism, flawed social enterprises, and other issues.


View the Customized Employment - Solutions for Youth with Disabilities video from DOLI/ODEP.



The Time Is Now: Embracing Employment First [PDF] is a report from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities that examines the opportunities and challenges of Employment First, the "...mindset that says that integrated competitive employment should be the expected outcome for people with developmental and other disabilities."


Employer Resources for Incorporating People with Disabilities, developed by the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, are now available online. Topics covered include inclusive policies and practices; reasonable accommodation policies and practices; and promoting the hiring, retention and advancement of individuals with disabilities.




Transition toward Excellence Achievement & Mobility: An Overview of the TEAM Legislation Webinar

January 18, 2012
1:00-2:30 PM ET
During this webinar, participants will learn about a trio of federal legislation, known as Transitioning toward Excellence, Achievement & Mobility (TEAM), that attempts to coordinate cross-systems efforts to improve and ensure that youth with significant disabilities transitioning to adulthood achieve outcomes related to post-secondary education, integrated employment, and economic advancement.


National News: 

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people with disabilities, among other requirements. Public comments on the proposal must be received by February 7, 2012.


As part of the "Add Us In" initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy has posted videos from the National Diversity Forum to its web site.


The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration's Career Pathways Initiative, released the Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success to help guide state and local leaders in building and sustaining career pathway systems.


In November 2011, the National Center for Special Education Research released Secondary School Programs and Performance of Students With Disabilities: A Special Topic Report of Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) [PDF]. The report addresses a number of questions about students with disabilities who attended typical high schools, including:

* Credits earned and types of courses

* Proportion of credits earned in general and special education settings

* Grades received

* How credit-earning and grade-performance experiences differed for students who differed in disability category, demographic characteristics, grade levels, and school completion status.


Among the findings discussed in the report:

  • 96 percent of students with disabilities enrolled in some type of vocational course during high school, with those courses accounting for 20 percent of the total credits earned.
  • Types of vocational courses taken and the average credits earned in them were: prevocational courses (e.g., career exploration), 0.5 credit; occupation-specific courses (e.g., agriculture, alternate business occupations), 3.4 credits; and work study or cooperative education (3.6 credits).
Social Security:

Plans for Achieving Self-Support: There's No Greater Burden Than Potential [PDF] by Dave Hammis, Cary Griffin, Roger Shelley, Russell Sickles, Corey Smith, Janet Steveley and Molly Sullivan, examines the huge untapped Social Security Work Incentive, the PASS plan. In addition to a description of this resource, the article includes case studies and a wealth of links to more information.


OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) offers several documents on apps that could be helpful for people with a variety of disabilities. The documents describe the apps and the areas they can address.


Featured Web Sites:

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) has launched to offer information on Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) policies.


Think Beyond the Label is a public-private partnership that works to increase employment for people with disabilities. Their website offers tips, fact sheets and tools, including a "Hire Gauge" that allows employers to estimate financial and workplace cultural benefits to their business by hiring an individual with a disability. An online jobs portal that connects job seekers with disabilities to employers that are actively seeking to hire them is also available on the site.


To learn about organizations and programs to assist job seekers with disabilities in your state, visit's Information by State section, choose your state, and then select "Employment."


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.

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The Southeast TACE Transition Team
Meet the Southeast TACE Transition Team
Chip Kenney, Project Director & Principal Investigator
Jill Houghton, Deputy Director
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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