March 2012

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TACE Talks Transition 
Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE

Upcoming TACE Transition Topics 


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. 


Preparing for College: Diploma bound students and postsecondary programs for persons with intellectual disabilities

April 11, 2012

1:00-3:00 PM ET

The VI College Survival Guide session promotes core areas that need to be addressed with persons who are blind or visually impaired and preparing for college. The information provides suggestions and guidance that will allow an easier transition to a stressful time in any person's life.


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



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.


Health Care Transition and School Part 2: What Does it Look Like, Who Do You Involve?

March 28, 2012

3:00-3:30 PM ET

In the second part of this series about health care transition and education, Got Transition will continue the conversation about including steps for health care transition within the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process.


Preventing and Managing Overpayments: A Webinar for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries

March 28, 2012

3:00-4:30 ET

This Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar will define overpayments, offer tips for preventing and managing overpayments, and information on using Social Security's Supplemental Security Income Telephone Wage Reporting System.

Introduction to Social Coaching

April 2, 2012
2:00-3:00 PM ET

Cost: $50 APSE Members/$100 Non-Members
This webinar will discuss how we convert the process of traditional job coaching to social coaching focusing on "soft skills" in the work environment.


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! This year's pre-conference topics will include innovations in transition, employment for veterans, corporate job development, assistive technology and Bridges out of Poverty. The conference will feature a Transition from School to Adult Life [PDF] track.




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Good afternoon to all our monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition subscribers! For our March issue, we've gathered transition-related information from across the country to help you guide the young people you serve successfully into adulthood. This 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 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.
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The Southeast TACE Region IV, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities - University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, University of South Florida hosted a Learning Community on Autism and Employment. It was comprised of four webinars and subsequent conference discussions that provided an introduction to the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and employment for people with ASD. These interactions defined and clarified ASD, shared wonderful and specific examples of cases and practices related to employment from both consumer and provider points-of-view, identified and detailed effective best practices for this topic and resulted in the group's charge of choosing important information from the experience and how to best convey and disseminate it most effectively and efficiently to colleagues.


TASH Call for Proposals:

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.   Visit the 2012 TASH online submission site for instructions and access to the call for proposals process. Contact Civa Shumpert at to discuss partnering with the Southeast TACE on your proposal!



National Transition Conference Call for Proposals:

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 proposals is now available online. Submissions are due by March 27, 2012. Contact Civa Shumpert at to discuss partnering with the Southeast TACE on your proposal.


Meet Your Colleagues:
SCVRD's Transition Specialist - Laura Spears

Laura Spears has been with SCVRD for seventeen years and has worked in a variety of roles. She worked as a field counselor for nine years and has worked with a variety of specialty populations to include transition. She has also worked as an employer relations consultant, a client services specialist and has provided training on a variety of topics including case service policy, new programs and disability specific topics.


Regional Spotlight: 

Youth Employment Services

A Project of the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department


In 2006, South Carolina was awarded one of six national RSA transition demonstration grants. Implementation of the Youth Employment Services (YES) program began in October 2007, and October 2011 marked the start of the state's fifth and final year of the grant. The annual review of the grant's objectives and outcomes offered an opportunity to assess what they have learned and what changes the state has made to transition services as a result.


Concurrently with the demonstration grant, South Carolina had undertaken a multi-year, agency-wide process to upgrade their Case Management System (CMS), an electronic case management tool. Although this was separate from the transition project, the two are interrelated. Since CMS is now used to develop the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) and the information is all available virtually, VR staff can ensure they are connecting each piece of the plan and addressing an individual's functional limitations.


As SCVRD proceeded through the CMS upgrade process, specialists developed a program to assist in collecting information that is gathered and explored during vocational assessment. Both extended and abbreviated assessment programs were created, which led to discussion about how the programs could best meet the needs of transition-age students.


Through the transition demonstration project, South Carolina developed the Youth Employment Services Program Participant Profile for students. It serves as a student-driven transition assessment tool and includes questions applicable to young adults, who often have limited work experience and few readily apparent transferable skills. VR staff complete the Profile when determining service needs, and can come back and revisit questions periodically as needed (for example, if the young adult's vocational objective changes...which can happen frequently). The Profile covers four domains: Personal, Social, Vocational and Work History. Examples of Profile questions include:

  • How was the Profile information collected? Identify everyone whose information went into developing it.
  • Does the client qualify for free/reduced school lunches? (This and several other questions are required for grant reporting purposes.)
  • What are the client's favorite and least favorite school subjects?
  • What are their skills, abilities, talents and challenges?
  • What are the VRCs personal observations of the client's personality and temperament?
  • What does the student see for the future? What does life look like in five years? (This will likely change. Track the changes over time...what changed and why?)
  • What social activities are they involved in? Extra-curricular activities?
  • What is their family membership (living with grandma, parent incarcerated, etc.)?
  • Who in the family is employed and what does the young person know about that occupation? (This is what the youth has been exposed to and also provides possible connections.)
  • What are the young person's responsibilities at home (for example, getting grandpa to medical appointments)?
  • Who is someone the client knows (not a star...someone they actually know) whom they admire?
  • What are their vocational interests?
  • What is their knowledge of job search fundamentals?
  • Have they had any work experience?

South Carolina VR has been using the YES Participant Profile for four years now within the YES program, and has since moved it online as part of the CMS program. The process is similar to Discovery, and includes spending time (over the course of a couple of meetings) talking to the student to develop a vocational objective. It takes more time than the process it replaced and counselors are adjusting, but it results in realistic vocational objectives based on things the students can achieve and are interested in. It also helps students develop higher expectations for themselves. Too often, young adults with disabilities have experienced a number of challenges in their lives and transition services are intended to set them up to succeed. The Profile helps counselors identify good matches for careers. It ensures decisions are based on reliable information from a variety of sources, and that crucial aspects such as interests, educational requirements, and the likely work environment are taken into account.


In August 2011, the state implemented this assessment process for all transition students and follow up on the implementation is underway. Initial training focused on items such as: how to most effectively ask the questions, how to integrate information from multiple sources, how to help young people vision where they want to be in five years, and more.


As another component of the YES transition demonstration grant, VR transition staff in project counties are primarily located in the schools, which offers them more access to the students. Students in the pilot sites are referred to VR as sophomores and the VR staff members provide group activities at least two times per semester. Earlier referrals allow time to develop a relationship with the student and his or her parents; paint a clearer picture of the student's interests, goals and needs; develop a quality IPE by the time they leave high school; and establish a mentor relationship with the student.


To make implementation manageable and increase the chances for having a noticeable positive impact, the transition demonstration was phased in across four sites, chosen because they had large numbers of students and also had challenging demographics in the areas. Two sites were brought up in year one and two additional sites in the second year of the grant. As a result of the project implementation, referrals and total number of clients served have increased. The goal is to maintain this increase.


South Carolina is committed to successful transitions for eligible students in its high schools. Transition services are provided statewide, which include VRCs serving students in the schools. The NCWD/Youth Guideposts for Success, which were originally used in the High School/High Tech program and were subsequently included in the transition demonstration grant activities, are now used to guide service provision for all transition students. South Carolina aligned the "Guideposts" and 20 of NSTTAC's Educational Best Practices with VR services to create a Transition Service Matrix. This gives VRCs a framework for providing a full range of activities for transition-aged students. As an example, National Disability Mentoring Day is promoted to get students into job shadows in their interest areas. This gives them the chance to learn what they do and don't want to do and is another way to make connections. Work experiences are also a focus for all students.


Read more about South Carolina's transition innovations... 




The George Washington University is recruiting graduate students for their Summer 2012 online Youth Transition, Career, and Vocational Services: A Distance Education Master of Arts Program [PDF]. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded GWU a five-year grant to support the program, which will cover a large portion of student tuition costs. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their application and supporting documents by April 15th.


The University of South Carolina was awarded a U.S. Department of Education grant for Project POSTS, Preparation of Secondary Transition Specialists [PDF]. This two-year, full-time master's program prepares special educators to facilitate integrated adult life outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Tuition and a monthly stipend will be funded through the DOE grant.


The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition resource library includes the March 2006 Parent Brief Preparing for Employment: On the Home Front [PDF]. This article provides parents with practical ideas, such as emphasizing work-based learning, to help their children prepare for the transition to adulthood.


The Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas has an online resource featuring reviews of transition assessments that can be sorted by title or rating (as provided by reviewers).


The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium's web site features the National Career Clusters™ Framework, comprised of 16 Career Clusters™ and related Career Pathways "to help students of all ages explore different career options and better prepare for college and career."


Educators, Centers for Independent Living, and Vocational Rehabilitation in Missouri have developed A Toolkit of Resources for Independent Living Specialists, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors & Teachers/Educators [PDF]. The toolkit covers such topics as using a team approach to transition, empowerment, and employment/training, and may provide ideas for other states considering the creation of a similar resource.


Innovative Programs and Promising Practices: Indian and Native American (INA) Summer Youth Employment Initiatives and the 2009 Recovery Act [PDF] is a June 2011 report describing how grantees used their Recovery Act funds to serve youth in their communities. Among the program strengths and successes highlighted in the report:

  • Serving older youth (up to age 24) who might otherwise have a difficult time accessing jobs typically meant for teenagers or more experienced, older adults
  • Staff's commitment and dedication to youth in the programs
  • Comprehensive assessments (work interest inventory, work orientation and values inventory, and career exploration) and workforce readiness and life skills training (including how to gain confidence and self-esteem through work)
  • Extending relationships with employers to create a foundation upon which to build the youth programs
  • Positive experiences for youth
    • Earnings to contribute to families, pay debts, save for the future, support selves, make restitution, etc.
    • Learned about interests, skills, culture, community service
    • Set goals for the future
    • Acquired workforce, leadership, and life skills
    • Earned employment-related certifications
    • Gained sense of responsibility, self-esteem, work ethic, success, and accomplishment
  • Larger community benefits, including:
    • Additional staff to help employers complete work and accomplish goals
    • "Youth learned the importance of their own tribes, the Native American community, and the need to serve other people, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status" (p.47).
    • Youth became more community- and more community service-oriented
    • Youth involved with the juvenile justice system could make restitution
    • Program served as stimulus to local economy

The Arc recently launched a National Council of Self Advocates (NCSA) and is inviting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) across the country to join. Its primary purpose is to empower persons with I/DD to voice their opinions about what is important to them and to ensure that they are afforded the same opportunities as everyone else to have a meaningful life in the community.


Are you connecting with your state's UCEDD (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities)? UCEDDs were created in 1963 to serve people with intellectual disabilities and are now a resource for individuals with a wide range of disabilities. A new brochure [PDF] from the Association of University Centers on Disability outlines the functions and recent accomplishments of the UCEDDs and provides the locations of each.


The Campaign for Disability Employment is launching its second nationwide video contest to promote the talent and skills that people with disabilities bring to America's workforce. This year the campaign will recognize winners in up to three specific categories (general public, youth and employer), and the public will be encouraged to select those winners. First place winners in each of the three categories will be recognized and awarded an Apple iPad, and cash prizes will be awarded to second place winners in the general public and youth categories. Submit your entry by March 30, 2012.



Social Inclusion at Work by Janis Chadsey is now available for purchase through the AAIDD Bookstore and other vendors. According to the AAIDD web site description of the book: "It is well-known that being included in social groups at work increases job security and quality of life outcomes for people with or without disabilities. This practical reference tells practitioners how to socially integrate people with developmental disabilities into employment settings. The step-by-step assessment procedures and intervention strategies presented in this book should ensure that social inclusion is a reality for employees with disabilities. Case studies present real-life situations and step-by-step approaches to dealing with them."


Building an Inclusive Workforce Desktop Flip Guide [PDF] from ODEP offers a variety of resources geared toward employers but that employment specialists may also find helpful.


The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their lives.


In the January webinar "Disability Disclosure in the Workplace: What Employers Should Know," Sarah von Schrader, Ph.D., assistant director of research for the Employment and Disability Institute of Cornell University, described findings from the research report, Emerging Employment Issues for People with Disabilities, released Dec. 7, 2011, by Cornell's Employment and Disability Institute and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Findings discussed during the webinar include:

  • People are most likely to disclose their disability when they need an accommodation or have a supportive supervisor.
  • They are least likely to do so if they fear they will lose a job or fail to gain one by doing so.
  • Employers are unable to provide accommodations that might improve employee productivity when they are unaware an employee has a disability.
  • Some individuals "have learned the hard way to be cautious" about what they reveal to co-workers and supervisors. "There is a common and not unfounded fear that disclosing a disability may lead to not being selected for a position or result in differential treatment in the workplace."
  • Employees with disabilities are concerned the employer might focus more on disability than on their abilities.
  • They fear losing health care, limiting their opportunities for promotion, encountering an unsupportive supervisor, and being treated differently by supervisors or co-workers. Harassment and bullying are also concerns.
  • Timing of disclosure is considered important. Many respondents said they preferred to wait until they had been hired to disclose their disability.

According to von Schrader, the concerns cited are for the most part unrealized. "Most people have neutral or positive consequences from disclosure," she said during the webinar. Less than 27 percent said they had experienced negative consequences.



National News: 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability recently released People with Disabilities and Serious Health Conditions: The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [PDF]. The fact sheet highlights key aspects of the ACA which meet the needs of consumers with disabilities.


The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) recently released The Affordable Care Act and Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities [PDF]. This issue brief explores elements of the ACA that have implications for children and youth with ASD/DD.


Post-Secondary Education:

An Analysis of Disability-Related Provisions in the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA): What Universities and Policy Makers Should Know [PDF] is an October 2011 policy brief from Alan Kurtz, Ph.D. Candidate and Coordinator of Education and Autism at the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, in collaboration with the Maine CITE Coordinating Center. The brief includes discussion of access to financial aid and model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities.


The Call for Proposals has been issued for the 2012 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. This year's conference will be held in Fairfax, Virginia, November 29-30. Proposals are due by May 1, 2012.


Check out the Think College Website to learn about the various "college options for persons with intellectual disabilities" in the country.


The R.E.A.C.H (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) Program at the College of Charleston is a four-year inclusive non-degree seeking program for students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. The program offers the opportunity for students to realize their intellectual and personal potential.

Social Security:

The Center for Studying Disability Policy has released The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program: Promoting Employment Among Social Security Disability Beneficiaries [PDF]. This issue brief describes WIPA and its effectiveness at supporting beneficiaries who are working or attempting to work.


The Children's Hospital Boston web site houses a free Feature Matching Communication Applications Chart [PDF]. This tool helps professionals match an individual's strengths and needs to tools and strategies.


Learn about accessibility updates to the iPad, iPod, and iPhone.


iPhone/iPad Apps for AAC is a user-friendly comparison chart of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) apps. AppsForAAC is another site comparing the various AAC apps currently being marketed.


Featured Web Sites:

ePolicyWorks is an online collaborative workspace launched by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Members are invited to share information and resources, and can access organizational tools that support policymaking efforts to address employment barriers for people with disabilities.


Bank It is an online resource for youth and their parents to learn money management tips.


The Education page lets you search for state and/or national resources covering a wide variety of education-related topics.


The VCU Autism Center for Excellence web site offers a number of excellent autism-related resources, including Using a Handheld Computer as a Cognitive-Behavioral Tool [PDF] and Autism Technology Fast Facts: Video Modeling using iPod Touch, iPad or other Tablets [PDF].


Bullying and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs includes information about creating a safe environment for youth with disabilities, creating a safe environment for youth with special health needs, and how federal civil rights laws pertain to youth with disabilities.

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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