April 2012

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Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE

Upcoming TACE Transition Topics 

Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Helping People with Disabilities Become Self-employed
May 2, 2012

1:00-2:30 PM ET

This session will articulate the "Inclusive Entrepreneurship" process and illustrate the outcomes of an innovative and replicable strategy to help people with disabilities achieve vocational outcomes through entrepreneurship.


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

Apps and Ethics: Using Technology to Facilitate Effective Productivity

May 3, 2012
2:00-3:00 PM ET
Cost: $50 APSE Members/$100 Non-Members
Spend time walking through Apps and tools which may be used in the vocational evaluation and rehabilitation counseling settings.


Preparing Youth for Community Employment - Part 2

May 8, 2012

3:00-4:30 PM ET

This is the second of a two-part webinar exploring transition planning and preparation that will lead to community employment for youth with disabilities. Part I (available in the Rural Institute Training Archives) covered how to conceptualize community employment for all youth, the importance of high expectations, and the process of Discovery. In Part 2, the presenter will discuss Volunteering, Job Trials and Work Experiences.


An Introduction to Soft Skills: Skills to Pay the Bills

May 8, 2012

2:00-3:00 PM ET

This webinar will introduce ODEP's "Skills to Pay the Bills" curriculum, a wide-ranging collection of activities and exercises to help youth develop and sharpen their soft skills during career development.


A Case for Youth Leadership: Why and How Young People Can Drive Disability Organizations

May 8, 2012

2:00-3:00 PM ET

Join Cindy Singletary and Stacey Milbern as they discuss youth leadership and how you can be an ally to youth with disabilities.


Annual Capacity Building Institute

May 8-10, 2012

Charlotte, NC

Participants are invited to attend as members of interdisciplinary teams from each State/ territory. The focus is on improving post-school outcomes and school completion through improved secondary education and transition programs and services for youth with disabilities.


Job Coaching Web Course

May 8 - May 21, 2012
Cost: $149
This training covers key principles and hands-on tools for effective job design, instructional and behavioral support strategies, and the development of natural and co-worker supports.

The National Service to Employment Project: A Path to Competitive Employment for People with Disabilities

May 9, 2012

3:00-4:00 PM ET

This AAIDD webinar will familiarize you with the National Service to Employment Project (NextSTEP), which has a focus on service as a path to competitive employment for people with disabilities.


The Future for Young Americans with Disabilities: Economic Success or Dependence?

May 16, 2012

12:00-1:30 PM ET

Join this webcast to learn more about: A disability framework to identify, compare, and contrast youth and young adults with disabilities; results from qualitative research highlighting barriers to economic independence as young people transition to adulthood; and findings from a new synthesis of outcomes for youth and young adults with psychiatric conditions in supported employment programs. 


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.


2012 AAIDD Annual Conference

June 18-21

Charlotte, NC
The conference will feature informative and inspiring plenary sessions, cutting edge concurrent sessions, posters addressing emerging issues, and in-depth pre- and post-conference meetings on a number of important topics.


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.


Autism Summer Institute

August 6-8, 2012

Concord, NH

Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Autism Summer Institute, a conference for families, educators, community service providers, and self-advocates.


Be sure to check the TACE Events page

for the most up-to-date training announcements.









Good morning to all our monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition subscribers! For our end-of-April issue, we've gathered transition-related information from across the country to help you guide the young people you serve successfully into adulthood. 


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.
Southeast TACE Launches New Website:  

Southeast TACE is pleased to announce the launch of our new website. Designed with vocational rehabilitation professionals in mind, the new, more accessible format brings you the quality content, community networking and learning opportunities you have come to expect from Southeast TACE. It also allows us to go further in meeting and exceeding your expectations. We have already added TACE resources not previously represented on the old site. The redesign is launching in two phases. Phase One introduces new main pages, menus and submenus that will link back to some of the secondary pages and portals you'll recognize from the old website. Phase Two will unify the entire site under the new design. As part of the launch, we've added three new pages:


Registration Opens for National Transition Conference:

Registration is now open for the 2012 National Transition Conference, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The conference will be from May 30 to June 1 in Washington, DC. This year's theme is "College and Careers for Youth with Disabilities." The conference will provide a forum for the development of an action agenda; bring together 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.


Meet Your Colleagues:

Southeast TACE welcomes the new Transition Coordinator for Georgia: Tangye Teague, MRC, CRC. Tangye P. Teague has worked with Vocational Rehabilitation in Georgia for over 18 years. She earned a BBA in Management from Georgia College, a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. During her VR career she has served as a Vocational Counselor for visual impairments, Employment Specialist, Human Resources Development Training Specialist, Unit Manager, and most recently, Special Populations Coordinator. During these years, she has also worked on many special projects such as the Department of Labor/Vocational Rehabilitation Service Integration. She is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association/Georgia Rehabilitation Association and currently serves as Board Member on the Georgia Association of Rehabilitation Leadership.



Got Transition's latest Issue Brief, Guardianship and Alternatives for Decision-Making Support [PDF], describes a number of decision-making supports and provides links to important resources to assist young adults with intellectual disabilities.


Engaging Youth in Work Experiences [PDF] is a September 2011 Innovative Strategies Practice Brief from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth). The brief provides practical examples and resources used by promising and exemplary youth programs engaging young people in work experiences.


The March 2012 Practice Brief [PDF] from the NCWD/Youth provides a wealth of practical examples and resources to engage youth in career exploration. Some types of career exploration activities include career-related guest speakers, workplace visits and tours, job shadowing, career fairs and career days, and career-focused mentoring.


NCWD/Youth published two interesting blogs in March 2012: The People in Your Neighborhood: Utilizing All Your Community Resources for Youth and The Role of Occupational Therapists in Supporting Youth Transitioning to Work.


The State of Washington has developed and posted four Transition Booklets:Going From Tween 2 Teen; Your Life, Your Health, Your Way; Young Adults Transition Plan: Your Future/Your Life; and

Planning for a Healthy Transition: A Family Transition Plan.


The National High School Center has released the College and Career Development Organizer [PDF]. This resource synthesizes college and career readiness initiatives.


The Alliance for Health Reform has released six videos summarizing provisions of the Affordable Care Act for various audiences. One of the videos addresses health care reforms for young adults [Video].



In Linda Hodgdon's April online newsletter, she writes about creating and using videos as teaching tools for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her article includes links to examples and other resources.


Best Hopes, Worst Fears [PDF] by Kathie Snow suggests a simple strategy that agencies, schools and other organizations can use to move toward inclusion.


The VCU Autism Center for Excellence posted the Autism Q and A: Positive Behavior Support fact sheet on their website. Positive behavior supports can be used to help individuals successfully participate at home, in school, and in their communities. These supports can prevent a behavior from occurring or teach the individual a new functional skill to replace it.


The Exceptional Advocate is an online newsletter for military families with special needs.



The Office of Disability Employment Policy recently launched the Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program to help states align their policies and priorities to promote community-based, integrated employment. Iowa, Oregon and Tennessee were selected as protégé states and Washington State will serve as their mentor.


Gov. John Kasich of Ohio has issued an executive order [PDF] creating an Employment First policy for the state. The order states, "Community employment shall be the priority and the preferred outcome for working-age Ohioans with disabilities" and applies to the state departments of Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health and Education; the Rehabilitation Services Commission; and school districts. The order also creates a Governor's Employment First Taskforce (EFT) "to collaborate, coordinate and improve employment outcomes for working-age adults with developmental disabilities."


Beyond Segregated and Exploited: Update on the Employment of People with Disabilities [PDF], a new report from the National Disability Rights Network, provides an update to the organization's 2011 report Segregated and Exploited: The Failure of the Disability Service System to Provide Quality Work [PDF] on the failure of the disability service system to provide quality work. According to Curt Decker, NDRN Executive Director, "The following update to our report details the work started over the past year and examines further how federal policies are contributing to the segregation and exploitation of workers with disabilities. We are proud of the work that has been accomplished this past year but there is much still to do. Indeed we are only just beginning. Only 20% of people with disabilities are in the workforce with over 400,000 of them stuck in sheltered workshops earning on average only $175 per month. Few receive health care or the other benefits typical of the average American worker. And because of the nature of segregated work - in which workers with disabilities are isolated and hidden away - there continues to be instances of exploitation, abuse and neglect. This must end. Now."


Effective Training for Employment Consultants: Job Development and Support Strategies [PDF], an Institute for Community Inclusion Brief, summarizes the key elements of a training and support approach for Employment Consultants. Key elements include focused training content, a variety of training formats and delivery methods, and on-the-job mentoring.


The 2010-2011 National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers Report 1: Overview of Services, Trends and Provider Characteristics [PDF] is a Research to Practice brief from the Institute for Community Inclusion. The brief presents findings on people with disabilities who are served in employment and non-work settings by community rehabilitation providers (CRPs).


Looking ahead to the summer months, the Forest Service has announced that thousands of temporary seasonal jobs will be available and now is the time for interested individuals to apply. These jobs will be part of the President's White House Summer Jobs+ initiative to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth.


The Workforce Recruitment Program has developed a series of videos addressing topics that will help young people with disabilities navigate the job search process. The videos feature young professionals that either have disabilities themselves or work with college students with disabilities.



National News: 

On April 16, 2012, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the establishment of the Administration for Community Living within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This reorganization brings together the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability, and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The agency will work with states, localities, the nonprofit sector, businesses and families to help seniors and people with developmental and other disabilities to live in their homes and fully participate in their communities.


The 2011 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium [PDF] is now available from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics.


The National Council on Disability recently released Exploring New Paradigms for the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, a supplement to their 2011 publication Rising Expectations: The Developmental Disabilities Act Revisited. The supplement offers specific recommendations for aligning systems and statutes both within and outside the scope of the DD Act.

Post-Secondary Education:

The Mason LIFE Program is a post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Two Mason LIFE students in the Congressional Internship program were recently featured in an NBC Nightly News video clip [Video].


The April 16th NCWD/Youth's blog Making the Most of College Visits offers tips and resources for young adults considering post-secondary education.


The April 17, 2012 issue of the Special Ed Advocate shares information about planning for, selecting and financing post-secondary education.


Transition of Students With Disabilities To Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators is available from the U.S. Department of Education web site. The guide answers frequently asked questions about the transition to higher education.

Featured Web Sites:

The Google web site includes guidance for using Google's accessibility features.


Mobility Map, a tool launched by UsersFirst (a program of the United Spinal Association) guides people who use wheelchairs and other mobility equipment through the process of finding and obtaining the right equipment.


The Disability.gov web site includes national and state information on assistive technology for people living with disabilities.


I am Norm is a youth-designed web site promoting inclusion.


Autism Family Online offers information and resources for parents, family members, educators, Speech Pathologists, therapists and others who work to support the learning and living needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related learning challenges.


The Department of Labor web site features the Benefit Finder, a tool that asks users questions about themselves to help them determine which government benefit programs they may be eligible to receive.


The Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disabilities web site shares stories of people with disabilities and their families. The site is searchable by disability, age range, county, storyteller perspective, and topic.


The goal of ODEP's apprenticeship initiative is "to increase systems capacity to provide integrated inclusive apprenticeship training to youth and young adults with a full range of disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, and to utilize the increased flexibilities detailed in DOL's newly released apprenticeship regulations." The ODEP apprenticeship web page offers a variety of resources and links for additional information.

Have you accessed your Portal today?

Visit the TACE Transition Services web site. In the "Login For" section on the left-hand side of your screen, select "Counselor" or "Coordinator." This will take you to the "Login to MyTACE Account" page. You will use your MyTACE Account to register for available events, seek applicable credit, and access your specialized portal - Transition Services Counselor or Coordinator. 


Attended a TACE Webinar? You may already have created a MyTACE Account. If you have a MyTACE Account, email
tacesoutheast@law.syr.edu and request to join the TACE Transition Network. If you don't already have a MyTACE account, follow the instructions to "Create a New MyTACE Account" and also apply for Portal access.

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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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