February 2012

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TACE Talks Transition 
Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE

Upcoming TACE Transition Topics 

Asset Building and Transition Students

February 29, 2012

1:00-3:00 PM ET

This session will help VRCs and CRPs to consider what information transition students and their families need to understand about building a financial future.

 

Making Work Pay

March 6, 2012

1:00-3:00 PM ET

This session will explain the different work incentives connected to SSA and how to use them as a tool in asset building strategies.

 

Career Exploration, Development & Planning for Consumers w/SMI- Part 2

March 9, 2012

12:00-1:00 PM ET

During this webinar, participants will gain knowledge of career planning and employment training, as well as learn about benefits retention, disclosure and in vivo assessment.

 

Strategies to Enhance Successful Closure Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

March 21, 2012

12:00-1:30 PM ET

This webinar will begin by reviewing the medical nature of traumatic brain injury (TBI), reviewing functional limitations while emphasizing the demographic and employment outcome data.

 

Job Development, Placement & Support Strategies for Consumers w/ SMI

March 30, 2012

12:00-1:00 PM ET

During this webinar, participants will gain knowledge of job development, disclosure, reasonable accommodations, supports and the Individual Placement Services Model.

 

Building a Better Financial Future

April 3, 2012

1:00-3:00 PM ET

This session will help Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Community Rehabilitation Providers learn concrete strategies to leverage programs together to progress in building a better financial future for their clients.  

 

Job Development, Placement & Support Strategies for Consumers w/SMI - Part 2 

April 17, 2012

12:00-1:00 PM ET

During this webinar, participants will gain knowledge of job development, disclosure, reasonable accommodations, supports and the Individual Placement Services Model.

 

Financial Stability and Job Retention

May 8, 2012

1:00-3:00 PM ET

This session will examine the connection between financial stability and job retention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TACE Training Archives

2010, 2011 and 2012 TACE webinar recordings, handouts and PowerPoint slideshows are archived and available for you to access at your convenience.

 

TACE Learning Communities

Job Development Exchange

Target Audience: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Community Rehabilitation Providers

Started in July 2011

The Exchange focuses 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, 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.

 

Asset Development Exchange

Target Audience: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Administrators

January through May 2012

This five-webinar series is aimed at providing information that allows Rehabilitation professionals to help clients think about how to become financially stable.

 

Helping Your Team Improve Employment Outcomes for Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities-Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Target Audience: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Area Directors

March through September 2012

This four-webinar series will provide
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Area Directors with information, tools, and tips to communicate, interact, and support individuals with TBI to reach integrated, competitive employment goals.

Upcoming Training Events

Career Development for Youth and Adults with Disabilities

February 28-March 12, 2012

Registration: $149
This 2-week online training covers developing career goals through innovative vocational assessment, career development skills, and vocational profiling for youth and adults with disabilities.

 

Ticket to Work: You Asked. We Answer. Work Incentives That Work For You.

February 29, 2012

1:00-2:30 PM ET
This national WISE webinar will present answers to some of your most frequently asked questions like, "What if I'm ready to work?" and "What happens when I succeed at work?"

 

Customized Supported Self-Employment

March 5-May 14, 2012

Cost: $250 per individual, $1000 for 5 individuals

This online course will cover these important topics on self-employment and more: Strategies for Exploration and the Discovery Process; Writing a Business Plan; Conducting a Feasibility Study; Accessing Community Supports; Identifying Funding; and Using Work Incentives.

 

Autism Works National Conference

March 6-7, 2012

St. Louis, Missouri

 

Finding Jobs for Students with ID: Where do you start?

March 7, 2012

2:00-3:30 PM ET

This webinar will give you a step-by-step process you can use to create opportunities for students by getting your foot in the door of the right businesses to make your job not only easier, but actually fun.

 

Understanding Guardianship and the Alternatives for Decision Making Support

March 14, 2012

2:00-3:00 PM ET

Many questions arise around legal responsibilities for young adults with disabilities and needs for continuing support as they approach age 18. This webinar will discuss the options for support from the least to most restrictive options.

 

Student Accommodations: The Role of Parents and Advocates

March 14, 2012
2:00 to 3:30 PM ET
Cost: $50.00 
The presentation reveals how ambiguous accommodations can be, and how to select appropriate accommodations for each individual.

 

Causes of the Chasm: Factors that Impact Employment among Persons with Disabilities Webinar

March 15, 2012

12:00-1:30 PM ET

This Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) forum will examine the persistent employment gap between people with and without disabilities, with the goal of identifying the factors that may reduce the employment gap and help facilitate the development of more effective policies, programs, and services.

  

Job Development

March 19-April 16, 2012

Cost: $125

This course covers specific principles associated with job development via online lectures and readings and then requires the learner to take action on his or her behalf to further develop a particular skill.

 

Connections that Work: Pathways to Employment for Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions

March 22, 2012
1:00-2:00 PM ET

Rise, Inc. and Career Visions will be featured as two examples of programs supporting young people to access employment, and a young adult will share his experience seeking and maintaining employment. 

 

Customized Employment

March 26-April 23, 2012

Cost: $85

Customized employment uses a flexible blend of strategies, services, supports, and funds to facilitate employment outcomes for job seekers with complex needs through negotiated employment relationships.

 

Job Development Web Course

April 10-23, 2012
Cost: $149
This web training covers key principles and hands-on tools for job development for youth and adults with disabilities. The course includes applying marketing principles, creating various job-seeking tools, and developing business partnerships.

 

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!  

 

2012 National Transition Conference (NTC): College & Careers for Youth with Disabilities

May 30-June 1, 2012

Washington, DC

Join other critical partners in the transition community to exchange innovative ideas and approaches; demonstrate knowledge gained from policy implementation; share transition practices and research findings; and promote and facilitate the development of networks and relationships. 

 

APSE 2012 National Conference [PDF]

June 27-29, 2012
Arlington, Virginia

The 23rd Annual Conference theme says it all - Employment First: A Capitol Idea! And now is the time to focus our energies on ensuring all people with disabilities have meaningful opportunities to bring their talents to the workplace.

 

Be sure to check the TACE Events page

for the most up-to-date training announcements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings!  

Good afternoon to all our monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition subscribers! We hope 2012 is off to a great start for you. For our February issue, we've gathered transition-related information from across the country to help you guide the young people you serve successfully into adulthood. Remember that March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month...what activities does your agency have planned? We'd like to hear!

 

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 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.

TASH Call for Proposals Announced:

Do you have something to share with your colleagues? Would you like to partner with TACE to share it? Here is your opportunity! TASH is currently seeking proposals to present during the 2012 TASH Conference. The 2012 Conference theme focuses on challenging long-held presumptions - presumptions that have persistently limited people with disabilities from accessing full lives in schools, employment, and the community. Challenge the notion that answers can't be changed!

 

The TASH Conference (November 28-December 1, Long Beach, CA) highlights progressive practices and research that advance the employment outcomes of people with severe impact of disability. It's a place where advocates, self-advocates and all variety of professionals and researchers converge to share ideas, discuss priorities and take action to create positive change in the lives of people with disabilities. Come share your research findings, evidence-based practices, personal stories and experiences in systems change with more than a thousand passionate attendees.

 

The deadline to submit your proposal is April 5, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. PST.   Visit the 2012 TASH online submission site for instructions and access to the call for proposals process. Contact Civa Shumpert at norciva@gmail.com to discuss partnering with the Southeast TACE on your proposal!

 

 

National Transition Conference Call for Proposals Coming in Early March:

Let others know about your innovative transition ideas and approaches - submit a proposal for the 2012 National Transition Conference: College and Careers for Youth with Disabilities. This year's conference will be held May 30-June 1, 2012, in Washington, DC, and will provide a forum for the development of an action agenda; bring together critical partners in the transition community to exchange information; demonstrate knowledge gained from policy implementation; share transition practices and research findings; and promote and facilitate the development of networks and relationships.

 

Don't miss this opportunity to access the latest information available in the field that can be used to improve the transition from school to adult life for young adults with disabilities. The call for papers will be made in early March and online registration will open in late March. Contact Civa Shumpert at norciva@gmail.com to discuss partnering with the Southeast TACE on your proposal.

 

Connect with Your Peers:

Visit the Southeast TACE web site to find contact details for the State Transition Coordinators in our region. Watch future issues of the TTT for individual introductions to these invaluable resources!

 

Counselor News: 

TASH Employment for Youth in Transition Live Streaming

Based on an Interview with Susan Pierson-Bacon, MA/CAGS, CRC, CVE, CCM- DVR, FL DOE

 

One of the highlights of the 2011 "No Excuses" TASH conference held in Atlanta November 30th-December 1st was the Employment for Youth In Transition pre-conference hosted in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation; HSC Foundation; Georgia Department of Education; and Southeast TACE. According to pre-event advertising from TASH, "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. Topics covered include multi-agency partnerships and funding strategies; defining and describing 'employment first' strategies; philosophy and values that guide practice; successful transition planning; experiences during high school and post-secondary options that lead to employment; parent and student roles in successful transition outcome and much, much more."


Southeast TACE offered to pay the TASH registration fee for two participants from each Southeast state (one staff from general rehabilitation services and one staff from services to the blind). For those who were not able to attend in person, TACE offered a no-cost live streaming option. This allowed VR agencies in the Southeast and their partners (VR consumers, vendors, school personnel, teachers, employers, Medicaid-funded providers, residential staff, college partners, etc.) to participate in the conference from their own communities.

 

Susan Pierson-Bacon, a Transition Coordinator with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Florida Department of Education, was one of the 250 participants who took advantage of the live streaming option and said it was a "godsend." Florida is unable to fund out-of-state travel for state employees to attend conferences, so Susan would not have been able to participate in TASH without the online streaming. She was "ecstatic" when this option was presented. She sought and gained permission to participate, blocked out the conference days on her calendar, and invited her Regional Supervisor, Office Supervisor, and fellow office School-to-Work Counselor to join her (unfortunately these folks were unable to do so). On the day the conference began, Susan put a sign on her office door requesting colleagues to respect her online participation. She said that one of the advantages of joining the conference remotely was that if a crisis occurred, she was there to deal with it and then could return to the streamed sessions. TACE archived the presentations, allowing participants to catch up with anything they might have missed and to revisit information down the road. Susan did not encounter any technical difficulties as she listened to the TASH speakers from her office and reports that she found the live streaming to be an effective way to join the conference.

 

Even after working in this field for 30 years, Susan says she "benefits significantly" from her involvement with TACE. At TASH, she received well-rounded and up-to-date information about what works, invaluable insights from the keynote speakers, resources she could download for later use, and connections...other people she can contact for ideas, information and support. She has shared conference resources with a colleague in the juvenile justice field who found it invaluable and appreciates having it online. The colleague is excited about looking at what youth are good at instead of making young people fit what employers want. She welcomes the opportunity to use Discovery techniques and learn more about what really goes on in the lives of those she serves - what "hidden" talents, skills and interests the young adults possess.

 

Helping transition-age students with disabilities move successfully into employment is challenging. The nation's economy continues to struggle; manufacturing jobs have been lost; regions like Susan's depend more and more on the hospitality industry and tourism, often the low-paying "food, flowers and filth" positions; students work hard in job training programs but graduate to compete against unemployed adults who have more work experience...at times it can seem overwhelming. As Susan explains, conferences like TASH can provide a "shot in the arm of hope," along with practical solutions to use in our daily work. Innovators in the field remind us to look at the whole picture and where we are going - to focus not just on employment but on helping young people create their future (as with TACE's current focus on Asset Development). This needs to start at the initial interview, where VRCs use creativity, dialogue and Discovery concepts to truly get to know the young people we serve. Professional conferences, whether attended remotely or in-person, reduce professional isolation. They provide us with new contacts and connections. They help us identify emerging populations and "best practice" ways to serve them. "Often we have to fly by the seat of our pants. We never know what we're going to run into from day to day, so having the up-to-date information and connections from TASH will be invaluable."

 

 

Southeast TACE has posted the live streaming video and presentations from the Employment for Youth in Transition conference. Archived presentations include:

 

Transition Innovation:

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success. This curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. It includes hands-on activities to engage young adults.

 

Now What Do I Do? Coaching Tips for Educators of Children with LD and ADHD by Dr. Steven A. Richfield offers five practical tips for coaching students to effectively prepare for and manage the pressures they face while growing up.

 

The University of Massachusetts Transition RTC and the Community of Practice, Northeast Massachusetts recently posted two tip sheets for youth. The first, How to Stay in Contact with Professionals [PDF], offers advice for keeping in touch by phone, text and internet with doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, etc. It also includes tips professionals can use to stay in touch with young adults. Teens on IEPs: Making My "Transition" Services Work for Me [PDF] provides guidance to young adults about their rights, the school's responsibilities, and Transition Services that should be included in the IEP.
 

NCWD/Youth has posted Learning How to Learn: Successful Transition Models for Educators Working with Youth with Learning Disabilities. This InfoBrief identifies and explains classroom-based strategies that incorporate strategic learning. It also includes tables outlining: Possible Compensatory Strategies for Youth with Learning Disabilities; Types of Learning Strategies and Supports: Cognitive and Metacognitive; and Literacy Programs and Learning Strategies.

 

Using Universal Design for Learning: Successful Transition Models for Educators Working with Youth with Learning Disabilities is an NCWD/Youth InfoBrief that identifies and explains selected classroom-based strategies within the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) model.

 

Do promising vocational interventions benefit at-risk youth? [PDF] is a Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities Issue Brief that outlines what is known about transition-to-employment interventions and discusses the gaps in current research knowledge about these interventions. 
 

Announcements: 

A Tax Tips video describing the EITC is available on YouTube. The Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal income tax credit for low-income workers. The credit can reduce the amount of tax owed, or be a direct refund to filers. The tax credit ranges from $475 for an individual with no children, to $5,236 for a family with two children. The Internal Revenue Service offers an online EITC Assistant to help people find out if they may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

 

The IRS provides a number of resources for people with disabilities. The local IRS Tax Assistance Center, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or Tax Counseling for the Elderly site (VITA or TCE) may be able to assist individuals who are unable to complete their tax returns because of a disability. To find a Tax Assistance Center near you, visit the IRS web site, click on "contact IRS," and then select "contact your local IRS office." You can also find a nearby VITA or TCE location online or by calling 1-800-906-9887. Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities [PDF], explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues. There is even a YouTube video that highlights IRS products and services available for people with disabilities.

 

Apostrophe Magazine, published by AWARE, Inc., features stories about people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities living productive lives and achieving success at home, at work and at play. The magazine's title comes from its core message about people "overcoming apostrophes in their own lives. Forget can't and don't. We can and do."

 

The National Autism Center recently published A Parent's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism. Among other topics, the manual discusses diagnostic evaluations, effective treatments, and the importance of professional judgment and using data to guide treatment decisions. It is designed to support parents as they make decisions about their child's treatment.

 
The HSC Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of People with Disabilities, is now accepting applications for a paid fellowship position with the organizations' disability youth transition and collaboration work. The fellowship starts in April 2012, and continues for 12 months. Anyone who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability is invited to apply. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM ET on or before Monday, March 5, 2012.

 

Customized & Supported Employment:  

New success stories have been added to Real People, Real Jobs. This site features individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities working in paid jobs in their communities.

 

A second NTAR Leadership Center report, Using Medicaid Funding to Support the Employment of People with Disabilities: A Federal Framework [PDF], explores options for funding services that support employment through Medicaid and offers a number of examples from different states.

 

APSE will hold two sessions of the Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) [PDF] exam during the APSE pre-conference in Arlington, Virginia, on June 26, 2012. The CESP is the first national certification program for employment support professionals (e.g., job developers, job coaches, employment consultants, and employment specialists).

Employment: 

Improving Job Development Through Training and Mentorship, a Research to Practice brief from the Institute on Community Inclusion, describes the findings of a study designed to address this question: "Did employment consultants who attended training on individualized job-development strategies and follow-up mentoring assist more job seekers in gaining individual paid employment, compared to employment consultants who did not attend this training and mentoring program?" The study found that, on average, employment consultants who received the training and mentorship reported 3.4 more job placements than the control group.

 

Supporting the Education Pipeline: A Business Engagement Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations is designed to help commu­nity-based organizations recruit, engage, and develop ongoing relationships with businesses in their communities. The toolkit includes case studies, reports, examples and samples of tools and protocols. 
 

Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities [PDF], a report from ODEP's NTAR Leadership Center, describes a number of braided funding strategies being used across the country and suggests important lessons for state and local disability and workforce systems that seek to expand employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities.

 

A Roadmap to a 21st-Century Disability Policy [PDF], an Issue Brief from the Center for Studying Disability Policy, discusses declining employment and household incomes of people with disabilities in recent decades and proposes programmatic and financial reforms to address the struc­tural problems of current disability policy.

 

Using TANF Funds to Support Subsidized Youth Employment: The 2010 Summer Youth Employment Initiative [PDF] examines qualitative data collected in 10 local sites across seven states to describe partnerships between state and local Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and workforce agencies that planned and administered summer youth employment initiatives. In addition to a thorough description of study findings, the report suggests activities worthy of further exploration including: Involving community colleges to a greater extent (classroom-based activities, exposing youth to postsecondary opportunities, opportunities for youth to become familiar with a college campus); providing upfront/ongoing workplace preparation (soft work skills, such as knowing how to dress, interact with coworkers, and apply and interview for jobs); and placing additional emphasis on mentoring.

 

The Skills That Work: A Toolkit for Millennial Generation offers state-by-state data showing who is unemployed, by percentage, of 25-34 year olds with high school degrees, associate degrees, and bachelor degrees; how many jobs in that state are projected to require more than a high school diploma in 2018; the most popular majors, and the majors that had the best employment prospects in that state; the top growing jobs and occupations that require training or education after high school; and job resources and a glossary of occupations.

 

Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace: What Youth Should Know from NCWD/Youth defines bullying, describes what it can look like in the workplace, and offers practical strategies for dealing with it.

 

The Northeast ADA Center recently posted You Have a Lot to Offer: Ten Points for Veterans to Consider When Returning to Work with a Disability [PDF]. This fact sheet is geared toward veterans re-entering the workforce, but many of the tips and resources apply to anyone with a disability seeking employment.

 

Do sheltered workshops enhance employment outcomes for adults with autism spectrum disorder?, a study published in the journal Autism, compares two different groups of 215 supported employees with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: those who were in sheltered workshops prior to entering supported employment and those who were not. Results showed that individuals who participated in sheltered workshops earned significantly less and cost nearly two and half times more per person to serve than their non-sheltered workshop peers.

 

Read Dale DiLeo's latest blog post on the Oregon class action lawsuit on sheltered workshops. In his post, DiLeo writes, "Sheltered workshops are not only obsolete, their cost-effectiveness is less than supported employment, and they have been found to actually hinder realizing job outcomes for people with disabilities. The case against continuing to segregate people with disabilities needlessly in day facilities is very strong, and includes not only research outcomes, but violations of civil rights and wasteful spending of government dollars." 

 

 

National News: 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has posted What You Should Know: Questions and Answers about the EEOC and High School Diploma Requirements. The guidance clarifies that requiring a high school diploma when hiring is generally fine, but if an applicant tells an employer he cannot meet the requirement because of a disability, an employer should allow him to demonstrate the ability to do the job in some other way.

 

The White House plans to hold a series of regional disability conferences to continue collaboration with state and local partners to share information and develop goals for future initiatives. Proposed dates and locations for our region are:

* Atlanta, GA - May 11

* Orlando, FL - June 15

 

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is collecting comments on a proposed survey of all 80 state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies. Comments are due by April 3, 2012. Items RSA seeks to evaluate through the survey include: how VR agencies implement supported employment services; how VR agencies use Title VI Part B funds in conjunction with Title I funds to fund supported employment programs; whether VR agencies are effective in obtaining supported employment outcomes; and what factors contribute to successful supported employment outcomes.

 

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is accepting comments on proposed regulatory amendments [PDF] addressing the appointment of persons with disabilities. The amendments would eliminate the requirement to supply a certification of job readiness, provide clarification on the special hiring authority for people with disabilities and update regulatory terminology from "mental retardation" to intellectual disability". The deadline for comments is April 9, 2012.

 

The Institute for Community Inclusion has published Decline in the Provision of Facility-Based Work Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities [PDF]. This Data Note, using data from the National Survey of State Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Day and Employment Services, reports that the percentage of individuals that have received facility-based work services declined from FY1999 to FY2004; however, there was no corresponding increase in integrated work services.

 

 
Post-Secondary Education:
The Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Institute is accepting applications for the 2012 session, which will take place August 12th through August 17th in Baltimore, Maryland. This training is meant to prepare students to engage in self-advocacy and pro-neurodiversity activism on their college campuses. Any current Autistic college student in the United States is eligible to attend. Students should have at least one more year remaining in college. The institute is offered at no cost to the students chosen for the program. Applications can be obtained by contacting Melody Latimer and are due by March 30, 2012, with accepted applicants being contacted in May 2012. Completed applications, responses to the essay questions, and resumes should be submitted to Melody Latimer at latimer@autisticadvocacy.org.
 
Technology:

The Family Center on Technology and Disability's January 2012 newsletter includes the article Utterance-Based Communication: Using the Right Tool for the Right Task [PDF]. In this informative piece, Dr. Jeff Higginbotham, a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo and AAC-RERC Partner, discusses the next era of AAC technology, with faster, flexible devices that are more responsive to the needs of their users.

 

The Family Center on Technology and Disability recently published Assistive Technology Solutions [PDF], a fact sheet with illustrated examples of a range of AT products. The fact sheet includes basic questions to consider when trying to identify suitable AT options for individual users.

 

Featured Web Sites:

Genetics Education Materials for School Success (GEMSS) is a new website that explains genetic conditions and offers helpful strategies for use in classrooms. These include ideas for emergencies, special education supports, behavior and sensory supports, field trips, school absences and fatigue, diet and more. 
 

I belong! is a web site for young adults with intellectual disabilities. The site includes information about making friends and getting involved in the community, and also has resources for family members and educators. 

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.

Please forward this TACE Talks Transition to others. Invite them to subscribe by joining the Southeast TACE Transition Listserv. To join the listserv, they simply visit the Southeast TACE Transition Services web site and follow the Transition E-Mail-List link . We'll take it from there!  
 
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

Sincerely,
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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