May 31, 2012

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TACE Talks Transition 
Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE

Upcoming TACE Transition Topics 

The Role of Volunteering in Career Development

June 20, 2012

1:00-3:00 PM ET

Volunteerism and Community Service provide opportunities to network professionally, exposure to employers, ways to expand resumes & references, and promote self-esteem. This training will also demonstrate how effective collaborations between programs like Vocational Rehabilitation and Volunteer Organizations benefit all involved.


Working with Schools: Effective Practices

July 24, 2012

1:00-3:00 PM ET

There are many ways to effectively navigate and work within a school district, including regular exchange of information, providing resources and materials, and assisting teachers and students with an unmet need. Educators and counselors can expect to see marked improvement in their performance indicators by implementing practices provided in this training.

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. 


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

June 4 - July 2, 2012

Cost: $100 per person; $400 for 5 registrants

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. The course will cover these important topics on customized employment and more.


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.


Into Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism

June 18 - July 30, 2012

Cost: $275 plus $25.05 for textbook

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


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.


Job Development

July 2 - 30, 2012

Cost: $125 per person; $500 for 5 registrants

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.


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

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Good morning to all our monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition subscribers! For our end-of-May 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 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.
Scholarship Opportunity!

The University of Maryland in conjunction with TransCen, Inc. is offering scholarships for the Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition Graduate Certificate Program. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is June 29, 2012. The four courses start in Fall 2012.

The scholarships offer a tuition and stipend award for 12 graduate credits in the University of Maryland's Department of Counseling and Personnel Services. They are intended for professionals with a bachelor's degree who are employed in special education, rehabilitation or related programs. Credits may be transferred to CSPD, CRC and degree programs in rehabilitation and related disciplines. The program is designed for working professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and related performance skills as well as prepare themselves for new challenges related to supporting youth and adults with significant disabilities as they pursue their careers.

For application materials please visit the University of Maryland's Website. For further information, please contact Ellen Fabian at (301) 405-2872 or email

Meet Your Colleagues:

Southeast TACE is pleased to introduce readers to David Arthur, CRC, LPC. David has a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. David has worked with the NC Division of Services for the Blind for ten years. Previously, he worked for the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for seven years.

Regional Spotlight:

Transition Services through the North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind

Based on an interview with David Arthur, NCDSB Rehabilitation Program Specialist


The North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind uses a variety of approaches to prepare blind and visually impaired students for their transition from high school to adult life. In the more populated areas of the state, NCDSB has signed third party agreements (a Memorandum of Understanding) with school systems to fund transition services (schools pay 21.3% of the cost). The services are provided by teams comprised of a Transition Counselor and a Community Employment Specialist who work solely with students who are blind and visually impaired. In most areas, the teams are housed within the schools but where this is not possible they visit the schools every day.


The Counselors and Employment Specialists actively work with students on career exploration, which includes year-round monthly career club meetings. Because the programs in each school system operate relatively independently, the exact services and manner in which they are offered may vary. For example, one area has a formal career club which elects officers who then select guest speakers. Other career clubs are less formalized. If transportation is an issue for a student, the Community Employment Specialist can transport them to the meetings. Although the vocational and educational aspects of the career clubs are invaluable, the social connections are possibly their most important benefit. Students who attend career club meetings may be the only students  in their schools who are blind or visually impaired. This can be tremendously isolating. When they attend career club meetings for their district, they can meet other young people who are blind or visually impaired and form friendships, share resources, and draw support from one another.


NCDSB offers a number of summer internships and programs, with a primary goal being to get students their first work experience (at which they are paid a stipend).  Different areas of the state are served through third party summer programs, where content is based on what the students want to do (learn independent living skills, try new recreational activities, etc.). For example, in previous years program participants have attended surf camp, tried ocean kayaking, gone canoeing, and taken a camping trip through a partnership with the Durham Parks and Recreation Department.


Other summer programs are offered through the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind located on the campus of The Governor Morehead School in Raleigh. Students from rural areas where they are served by adult caseload VR counselors come for four weeks, live in the dorms, and participate in programs including:

ˇ          Independent Living Skills: for students ages 15-16;  learning daily living skills such as  basic cooking, laundry, matching clothes for work, housekeeping, etc.

ˇ          World of Work: for students ages 16-18; internships matched as closely as possible to the student's interests, strengths and support needs; students are paid stipends

ˇ          College Prep:  for high school graduates; students tour the campuses of North Carolina State and the local community college, visit the Disability Services offices, learn study skills and how to self-advocate for accommodations, and practice using their Assistive Technology in a post-secondary setting

ˇ          Recreation: all students participate in this program, which is designed to introduce them to activities such as bowling, horseback riding, rock climbing, baseball, and more

Staff help the young adults deal with homesickness....for several of the 30 participants, it is their first time away from home. By the end of the month, they've realized huge social benefits and forged lifetime friendships. Ideally they will start attending the summer program when they are 15-16 years old and will come back for two-three years so they can experience all it has to offer.


An additional resource for high school students participating in any of the NCDSB activities is the Assistive Technology Loan Program.


For more information, visit the NCDSB website or email David Arthur 


The Café TA Center online newsletter [PDF] provides resources for youth with disabilities transitioning into post-secondary education, adult health care systems, and the workforce.


In her latest publication, Summer Vacation: Time for Fun and Time to Plan [PDF], Kathie Snow offers a wealth of ideas to combine recreation and transition preparation in the summer months ahead.


The Transitions Research & Training Center (RTC) at the University of Massachusetts offers a variety of resources for those serving youth and young adults, ages 14-30, with serious mental health conditions. Three of the available publications include:

The OCALI Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD has been formatted into a series of free web-based booklets. Each booklet focuses on one aspect of the transition from school to adult life. Booklets currently available include: IEP Components of the Transition Process, Considerations for School Programming, Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment, and Employment.


The summer 2010 issue of Focal Point from the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University, focuses on transition into adulthood for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. Some of the articles include:


The winning videos in the Campaign for Disability Employment's 2012 "What can YOU do?" video contest have been selected. The contest, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, challenged filmmakers to produce videos showing the diverse skills that people with disabilities offer.


The slides from the May 8th webinar Skills to Pay the Bills [8.76 MB] are available for download.



The newest Griffin-Hammis Customized Employment Podcast features Laura Owens, Executive Director of APSE, discussing school transition outcomes, the recent Oregon lawsuit against segregation, the Employment First movement, and the annual APSE conference on community employment.


On May 17th, the U.S. District Court in Oregon issued a ruling in a case alleging that Oregon is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide employment services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated settings appropriate. Although the Court granted a motion to dismiss the complaint, it determined that the plaintiffs have valid claims under Title II of the ADA and that the ADA's integration mandate applies to the provision of employment-related services. Disability Rights Oregon has provided a summary of the ruling.


The University of Massachusetts Medical School Transitions RTC has developed Vocational Rehabilitation (VR): A Young Adult's Guide [PDF]. The tip sheet describes VR eligibility and services, along with consumer tips, in youth-friendly language.


The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth posted a blog entitled Developing Soft Skills Includes Improving Thinking Skills. The blog lists a number of cognitive skills important in many workplaces, along with ways to provide support as young people develop these skills.


The Summer Jobs+ Bank is a new online search tool to help connect young people to jobs, internships, mentorships and other employment opportunities.


In March 2012, the Knowledge Translation for Employment Research Center published Benefits of Supported Employment for Workers with Intellectual Disabilities [PDF]. This technical brief summarizes the findings of the study "The National Cost-Efficiency of Supported Employees with Intellectual Disabilities: The Worker's Perspective."


StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes 2011 provides detailed national and state-level data on trends in employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The publication is now available as a product of Access to Integrated Employment, a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.



National News: 

The 2012 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?" NDEAM is officially celebrated in October...start planning your community's announcements, events and meetings now!

Post-Secondary Education:

As of May 1, 2012, 14 schools' Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) Programs for students with intellectual disabilities have been approved to offer federal financial aid.


The April-May Think College! E-News announces Life Learning Is For Everyone: The True Story of How South Carolina Came to be a Leader in Providing Opportunities for Postsecondary Education to Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.This book by Donald Bailey, executive director of Charleston Transition College (CTC) and parent of a young man with cognitive learning difficulties, discusses how and why five of South Carolina's institutions of higher learning began providing postsecondary opportunities for young adults with intellectual disabilities.


Disability Employment Policy - What Are We Missing? is a blog by Paul Hippolitus, Director, Disabled Students' Program, Equity & Inclusion, University of California, Berkeley. Here is an excerpt from the blog: "During my first few weeks at Berkeley, I embarked on a quest to ask every student with a disability I met the question, 'What's your career goal?' I couldn't wait to hear about their lofty goals, serious plans and impressive ambitions. Much to my chagrin, the response I most often got (about 99 percent of the time) was the student casting their eyes to the ground and saying, 'I'm not sure, I guess I'll go on to graduate schools; or, law school; or medical school.'" "They candidly told me that they felt they had to stay in school as long as possible because they were afraid that when their school years ended, they would be forced to spend the rest of their lives at home, on disability benefits, watching TV, because they were sure no one would hire them."


The University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration recently launched a new college prep program for students with disabilities. According to their website, "College Prep/ICI works collaboratively with individual students, families, and professionals to help set the stage for a successful transition from high school to the college of their choice. College Prep/ICI staff, working on a fee-for-service basis, help students constructively assess and build on academic and vocational aptitudes, evaluate and strengthen independent living and social skills, improve executive functioning skills, navigate college admissions and financial aid processes, develop effective IEPs, understand accommodations and high stakes testing (e.g., AP tests, ACT/SAT), and connect with adult service programs and other resources."


VCU, in collaboration with the National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research, released the Research to Practice Brief Using an iPod Touch to Facilitate Employment for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder [PDF]. The brief summarizes preliminary findings from a study to determine whether a small, hand-held computer can help address the difficulties people with ASD face in employment settings. Job performance, retention, hours of job coaching support needed, and worker and co-worker satisfaction are examined and compared between the experimental and the control groups. The study also examines how participants use the iPod Touch, the strategies they use on the job, and their satisfaction in using it in the workplace. 

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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