September 2012

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Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE

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

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)

This four-webinar series will provide
VR 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

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering free, online courses to help new and existing entrepreneurs learn basic finance and accounting principles.  


Customized Supported Self-Employment

Sept.24-Dec.17, 2012

Cost: $250

This online course is being offered by Virginia Commonwealth University's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in collaboration with Griffin-Hammis and Associates. Discussion groups will be led by nationally known experts in self-employment from Griffin-Hammis and Associates.


Got Transition Radio Episode 12: From Maine to Massachusetts Health Care Transition in a New State!
September 26, 2012
3:00-3:30 PM ET
Mallory Cyr, host of Got Transition Radio, will talk about navigating accessible housing, education, health care and relationships as she continues to share what is possible for young adults with special health needs, through her own journey.


USBLNŽ 15th Annual Conference & Expo

October 1-4, 2012

Orlando, Florida

This conference brings corporate, government, disability-owned businesses and BLN affiliates together to create workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are fully included as professionals, customers and entrepreneurs.


Obstacles and Opportunities: The Economy, State VR Programs, and SSDI Beneficiaries

October 4, 2012

12:00-1:30 PM ET

This Mathematica issue forum and webinar presented by the Center for Studying Disability Policy will present new findings on the employment and program participation of people with disabilities. Topics will include the impact of long wait times at state VR agencies on the employment-related outcomes of SSDI beneficiaries, and the extent to which state VR agencies serve clients who are en route to SSDI entry.


Into Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism

October 8-November 19, 2012

Cost: $300.05

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


Hiring People with Disabilities: The Employer's Point of View

October 10, 2012

3:00-4:30 PM ET

This Work Incentive Seminar Event webinar is for people who receive Social Security disability benefits and want to learn how the Ticket to Work program can help them earn money and become financially independent. Participants will also learn about writing a resume, job interview tips, whether or not to discuss their disability with a potential employer and tips for on-the-job success.


Marketing & Job Development for Youth and Adults with Disabilities
October 10-23, 2012

Cost: $149

This 2-week, 18-hour web training focuses on the key principles and hands-on tools for finding jobs for people with disabilities and other high-unemployment groups. Topics include applying marketing principles to develop a clear hiring message, creating various job seeking tools, developing business partnerships, using social web networking strategies, and more.


Employment First: A National Update

October 18, 2012
2:00-3:00 PM ET
Cost: $50 APSE Members/$100 Non-Members

This webinar will include a discussion of the roots of Employment First, its impact to date, current status, and the critical need to ensure that Employment First is more than just empty words. A variety of strategies for delivering on the promise of Employment First will be discussed.


Achieving Inclusion Across the Globe

October 25-28, 2012

Washington, D.C.

The Arc partners with Inclusion International to bring you this national convention and international forum on living in the community, leadership, self-advocacy and creating change with an international twist.


State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with ID

November 29-30, 2012

Fairfax, Virginia

The 2012 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities will be held on the campus of George Mason University and include topic strands such as Leadership and Sustainability, Promoting Systemic Change, Program Development and Evaluation, Transition to College, and Employment.




Be sure to check the TACE Events page

for the most up-to-date training announcements. 






Welcome to the monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition! For our September 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.
Regional Spotlight:

Transition News from Kentucky

By Victoria J. Reilly, MRC, CRC, Plan Administrator for Transition & Mentoring, Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Our high school two year exploration and training program has changed focus! The Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP) has begun to focus on skills directly related to the needs of the employers. The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) produced a national initiative called Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success (2012), which focuses on research based information, best practices and policies, and is an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skill development. Adapting their core strategies into the CBWTP ensures our coaches work with the students to develop those necessary skills and assist with a successful transition into the competitive workplace environment. The basic structure of ODEP's program, and subsequently the CBWTP Exploration Phase and Career Assessment tool, is comprised of six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.


We have revamped the Career Assessment [PDF] to align it with the Skills to Pay the Bills strategies. The coaches refer to the information throughout the first year of the exploration/evaluation phase as they are looking into the interests of the student in community work settings and writing monthly progress notes. The coaches should be working with the student at least 8 hours per month individually outside of the school setting. Information on the assessment is then used to direct the coach on areas of strength of the student and help focus on where the student will find employment during the training phase/final year of the program. The goal is always competitive work in an integrated setting. 

Counselor Tips:

The Southeast TACE website houses a wealth of top-notch Customized Employment resources. Visit the site to learn about Discovery, Visual Resumes, Employer Negotiation and more:


Post-School Outcomes for Transitioning Youth with Developmental Disabilities - Can we Predict Integrated Employment? [PDF] by Monica Simomsen provides a summary of a research study designed to "more clearly define post-school employment outcomes, document the post-school outcomes for youth with developmental disabilities, and examine the predictors of successful integrated employment for youth with developmental disabilities." The study found five variables that best predicted integrated employment outcomes for youth with developmental disabilities:

1. Family member expressed preference for paid community employment

2. Paid work experience during school

3. Community mobility skills

4. Self-management skills

5. Race/ethnicity

"Youth whose families expressed the preference for paid community employment were 6.48 times more likely to achieve integrated competitive employment and 2.71 times as likely to achieve integrated other employment. Youth with previous paid work experiences were 4.53 times more likely to be engaged in integrated competitive employment and 2.15 times more likely to be engaged in integrated other employment."


Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young Adults with Disabilities (5th Ed) by Paul Wehman is now available for purchase. For more than two decades, Life Beyond the Classroom has shaped the practices of professionals helping students make a smooth transition from school to adulthood. The textbook has been updated with the information professionals need in today's world, as young people with disabilities face financial, family, employment, and educational challenges. New chapter topics include: working with families, multicultural transition planning, teaching social skills, and secondary curriculum options.


Remember that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! Promotional materials are available from the Office of Disability Employment Policy. In celebration of NDEAM, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network is offering a series of free webinars. Topics will include:

October 4: Strategies for Hiring Veterans with Disabilities

October 11: Research and Practice for Promoting Disability Disclosure

October 18: A Better Bottom Line: Disability Employment Initiatives of the National Governors Association

October 25: Tapping the Talents of College Students and Graduates with Disabilities


Call for Presenters

The 2012 National Employment Conference, The New Economy: Rethink, Realign, Reinvent will be held in Arlington, Virginia December 5-7, 2012. This conference offers an opportunity for all VR stakeholders to explore the state of the economy and exchange ideas, research, and models for redesigning work in order to achieve goals of competitive wages and self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities. The conference includes the following five themes: 1) Collaborating with Business; 2) High Growth Fields; 3) Bridging Research and Practice; 4) Opportunities in "Middle Skills Jobs"; and 5) Employment for Specific Populations. Proposals that support the above themes are now being accepted and are due no later than Tuesday, September 25th, 2012. For additional information, please contact: Maureen McGuire-Kuletz, Ed.D, CRC, at 202-973-1550 or Details are available at


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released a video and classroom guides to educate working-age students about different types of workplace discrimination, including sexual harassment and disability discrimination.


Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact is part of the Accommodation and Compliance Series from the Job Accommodation Network. This JAN study has been ongoing since 2004, and has consistently found that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations (such as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, and reducing workers' compensation and training costs) far outweigh the low cost.  According to employers involved in the study, 57% of accommodations cost nothing to make.


Research to Practice Brief No. 4, Project SEARCH Case Studies [PDF]describes the experiences of three students with Autism Spectrum Disorder who participated in Project SEARCH at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital in Virginia. As described in the publication, "The Project SEARCH model is a one-year educational program for students with signifi­cant disabilities in their last year of high school. It is targeted for students whose main goal is competitive employment in the community. The program takes place in a health­care or business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process through continuous feedback and application of new skills. The program runs parallel to the 9-month school year."


If, When, and How to Disclose to an Employer That You Have a Mental Health Disability [PDF] poses questions young people can ask themselves to help determine when and how to disclose their disability to an employer. Though the fact sheet is geared toward people with mental health conditions, most of the questions and considerations are relevant to people with any kind of disability.


According to a recent press release, the DirectEmployers Association and the National Employer Technical Assistance Center (NETAC) for Employers on Employment of People with Disabilities have formed an alliance to provide employers with information, guidance, and resources to aid in the outreach, recruitment, hiring and retention of workers with disabilities. "For years, the NETAC and DirectEmployers have been offering complimentary services. By partnering with the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN), a NETAC service, we can better connect employers who are looking at improving their disability outreach with the NETAC to gain education, training and consultation," commented Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association. "This will help employers better understand and engage with this untapped talent pool and better integrate people with disabilities into their hiring initiatives."

National News: 

The National Forum on Disability Issues will take place September 28 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio. The forum will focus on the disability positions of the 2012 Presidential candidates - both President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have been invited to participate. The event will be streamed "live" via the Internet. In many cities across the United States, organizations are planning webcast "viewing parties."


The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $1.1 million grant to the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C., to manage and operate the new National Technical Assistance and Demonstration Center on Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Employment. According to the official announcement, the center "will build capacity within and across youth service delivery systems to improve employment and postsecondary education outcomes for youths with disabilities. The center will have three areas of focus: career exploration, management and planning; youth development and leadership; and professional development. It will provide technical assistance, training and information to organizations operating youth programs funded by the Workforce Investment Act, as well as current and former Labor Department grantees, to aid them in integrating evidence-based, effective practices for improving transitional results for young people with disabilities who are enrolled in their programs. The center will work in collaboration with federal, state and local agencies across multiple systems, including education, workforce, juvenile justice, foster care, transportation, mental health, vocational rehabilitation and others, on effective practices and issues related to the transition of youths."


Earlier this week, the National Council on Disability released its annual progress report on national disability policy. The 2012 report is organized under the broader policy areas of living, learning and earning. Chapter Three: Earning, looks at the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, employment disparities among subgroups of people with disabilities, and unemployment gaps among people with and without disabilities.

Post-Secondary Education:

The Got Transition Brief #2 and archived webinar Heading for College with Special Health Care Needs: Student Preparation for a Successful Transition are now available online. Dr. Kitty O'Hare, a physician and Coordinator of Transition at Boston Children's Hospital's Martha Eliot Health Center, provides practical considerations for a student's health care transition in preparation for a successful adjustment to college life. Young adult panelists respond to Dr. O'Hare's "health care advice", sharing their own experiences with college transitions.


The August 2012 Think College E-News is now available.


The U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration sponsors the CareerOneStop Scholarship Search Tool, which allows users to search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans and other types of student financial aid. Search results may be filtered to find scholarships specifically for students with disabilities.


iPod May Ease Transition For Those With Autism summarizes the promising results of a small case study published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. The study suggests that specially-programmed iPods may help individuals with autism perform their jobs more confidently and with less support from job coaches.


Web Sites:

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Youth@Work web page includes information about different types of job discrimination that young workers may encounter and suggests strategies they can use to prevent and respond to discrimination.


Self-Advocacy Online was developed by the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at The University of Minnesota and is being promoted by The Arc. The site is designed to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) learn to advocate for themselves through multi-media lessons on a variety of topics, a story wall of videos of self-advocates sharing their stories and a national listing of self-advocacy groups to connect people with I/DD both locally and nationally. 


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
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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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