October 2012

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Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE

Upcoming TACE Webinars

The Role of Vocational Rehabilitation in Relation to the ADA

November 28, 2012

1:00-2:30 PM ET

This session will address specific topics as they relate to Vocational Rehabilitation's role with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and allow participants an opportunity to ask questions of leaders in the field.


TACE Training Archives

BBI Southeast, a partnership between TACE and the Southeast ADA Center, recently hosted and archived a webinar for businesses on Establishing Linkages to Promote the Recruitment and Hiring of Candidates with Disabilities. The presentation promoted the establishment of ongoing relationships between human resource professionals and vocational rehabilitation programs in order to advance hiring and recruitment of jobseekers with disabilities.


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


TACE Learning Community

TACE's Job Development Exchange (JDX) provides vocational rehabilitation professionals with the information and tools they need to successfully engage employers and address a wide range of barriers to employment. The JDX kicks off its Fall/Winter webinar series with two high-profile, interactive and practical webinar sessions:


Comparative Employment Strategies for Serving Individuals with Significant or Most Significant Disabilities: Customized Employment and Evidence-based Supported Employment

November 7, 2012

1:00-3:00 PM ET 

This webinar will present two key employment models proven to be effective in improving outcomes for jobseekers with the most significant disabilities: Customized Employment and Evidence-based Supported Employment. 


Online Toolkit for Job Placement and Employment Professionals

December 4, 2012

1:30-2:30 PM ET

In this presentation we will present the toolkit, explain the model, and elicit feedback on future tools and how to make the toolkit most relevant and useful for placement staff.

Upcoming Training Events

I am more than a diagnosis: The Impact of Personal Identity on Health Care Transitions for Young Adults with SHCN

November 7, 2012

2:00-3:00 PM ET

Susan Waisbren, Ph.D. will review research on identity development and its impact on health promoting behaviors and positive mental health. A panel of young adults with various health care needs will respond and share their current strategies coping with challenges as they move toward adulthood.


Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disability

November 7, 2012
1:00-2:00 PM ET
This webinar will cover the role of Disability Resource Centers in supporting students with intellectual disabilities; the range of programs available currently in postsecondary education and the need for more; and other projects that the Association on Higher Education and Disability's task force is engaged in pursuing.

Virtue & Psychosocial Adaptability in Disability
November 7, 2012

2:00-3:00 PM ET
The presenter, Dr. Jeong Han Kim, has experience with several rehabilitation agencies, including state/federal VR, long-term health care, veterans hospital (compensated work therapy, mental health unit, AODA counseling unit), and independent living centers. His primary research interests focuses on virtues and character traits in the context of resilience, posttraumatic growth, well-being and vocational success.


What is on Employers' Minds
November 13, 2012
1:00-2:00 PM ET
Cost: $50 APSE Members/ $100 Non-Members
Attend this webinar and learn how you can position yourself to support employers' priorities and meet their needs for talent to run their business productively and effectively.


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.


Job Coaching and Workplace Supports

December 5-18, 2012

Cost: $149

This 2-week course will cover effective job design, instructional and behavioral support strategies, and the development of natural and co-worker supports.


How to Expand your Employer Network

December 6, 2012
1:00-2:00 PM ET
Cost: $50 APSE Members/ $100 Non-Members

Learn which organizations are key to employer success and get involved. Get ready to think like a salesperson for on-going successful relationships.


JAN Webcast: Harnessing the Accessibility Features of Mobile Devices for Use as Reasonable Accommodations

December 11, 2012

2:00-3:00 PM ET

JAN Consultants will discuss the accessibility features of popular types of mobile technology and how to incorporate mobile devices, accessories, and applications into an accommodation plan.


Retaining your Employer Relationships

January 10, 2013
1:00-2:00 PM ET
Cost: $50 APSE Members/ $100 Non-Members
Learn how to build the employer relationship so it stands the test of time and increases opportunities for 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 this 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.

Our thoughts are with all of you, our friends and colleagues, and the people you serve with such dedication, as you deal with Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath. May you and those you care about be and stay safe.

TACE News:

On October 10, TACE co-sponsored the Asset Development Summit - Key to the Future in Louisville, Kentucky, bringing together over 60 members of the Kentucky asset building and disability communities to jointly build economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities. As a result of the Summit, concrete steps have already been taken or planned to promote further state and local action. TACE also sponsored related training for 40 VR staff, and will continue to work with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to integrate asset building strategies and community partnerships into their services to jobseekers with disabilities.


TACE presented its Evaluation of the Impact of Pilot Projects on State VR Agencies' Delivery Systems at the 5th Annual Summit on Vocational Rehabilitation Program Evaluation and Quality in San Antonio, Texas. TACE's presentation, linking the pilot projects to successful integration of emerging employment practices in VR systems, was well-received. The Summit, held September 5-6, 2012, was attended by nearly 200 vocational rehabilitation leaders, program managers, and research and evaluation experts.



The Office of Disability Employment Policy has released a series of videos to complement its Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success training curriculum.


Easter Seals Project ACTION is conducting a Youth Transportation Initiative that includes an Accessible Transportation for Students Online Community. This is a place for educators, transit professionals, and others to share information regarding how transit is addressed in transition planning. ESPA also recently released an updated version of You Can Ride, a pictorial guide for people traveling on a bus or subway. The booklet depicts steps for traveling from planning the trip to arriving at the destination.


Whose Future Is It Anyway? is a student-directed transition planning process to help students gain self-determination skills and prepare for their IEP meetings. The curriculum includes six sections with six lessons in each.


Things People Never Told Me: When You Start Living on Your Own from Foster Care, There Are Some Things in Life that People Seem to Forget to Tell You About [PDF] includes suggestions about finances, health care, employment, and relationships. Although it is geared toward youth in foster care transitioning to adulthood, most of the information is relevant and valuable for all young people preparing for their adult lives.



The Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University announces the leadership training grant, funding for doctoral students wanting to focus on students with severe intellectual disability, autism, and multiple disabilities. The grant provides full tuition, monthly stipends, health insurance, professional travel, and more. For more information, contact Erik Carter at erik.carter@vanderbilt.edu.


Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee is one of two recipients of Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Partnerships in Employment Systems Change grants.These projects will focus on systems change to prioritize employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with I/DD.


The Arc has released The Affordable Care Act: What Disability Advocates Need to Know [PDF]. This analysis examines such topics as how the ACA expands coverage and what the Act's impact on Medicaid will be. A one-page summary is also available.


The Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Women's Bureau have developed the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit, a collection of over 170 resources including case studies, fact and tip sheets, issue briefs, reports, articles, websites, other toolkits, and frequently-asked questions.


The AARP Foundation Money Management Program utilizes trained volunteers to help low-income older adults and people with disabilities who have difficulty budgeting, paying routine bills and keeping track of financial matters. The volunteers provide two services: Bill Payer Service and Representative Payee Service.


On September 27th, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network offered a webinar about The Interplay between ADA and FMLA. The presenters have compiled a supplemental Q & A document to respond to questions posed during the webinar.


The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a variety of resources and programs to help entrepreneurs of any age or ability start and manage a small business.


In July, the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston published Description of Supported Employment Practices, Cross-System Partnerships, and Funding Models of Four Types of State Agencies and Community Rehabilitation Providers [PDF]. This report presents research that focused on vocational rehabilitation agency partnerships with other state entities, and sources and models for long-term funding. One of the major findings described in the report is that agencies vary considerably with respect to how Supported Employment is defined and emphasized.


In his September 27, 2012 blog post, Dale DiLeo writes about his visit to NOVA Employment outside of Sydney, Australia. Dale reports that NOVA requires staff to make a certain number of employer contacts per week, month, and year; sets goals for resulting hires; provides financial incentives for employees who exceed their targets; and makes a significant commitment to staff development and training. 


National News: 

Seven states, including Florida, will share $20.7 million through the Disability Employment Initiative, which is jointly funded and administered by the Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. The awards are to be used to improve education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. Tennessee and 15 other states have continuing grants under the initiative.

Post-Secondary Education:

College Mentoring [Video] describes the Supported Higher Education Project in Kentucky where students with intellectual disabilities are mentored by same-age peers on a college campus.


Do your consumers ever question the value of post-secondary education? If so, they might be interested to know that a recent analysis from The Hamilton Project finds the earnings benefits of college are growing even faster than college costs, and the overall returns from college attendance are much higher than from other investments (stocks, real estate, etc.).


The NCWD/Youth's August 30th blog, More Tips for Youth Transitioning from College to the Workforce (Part 2 or 2), discusses adjusting to the work environment, work/play balance, developing goals, finding a mentor and more.


The September 2012 Think College! E-News is now available and includes an article about essential apps for college students, links to archived webinars, and invitations for students to share their postsecondary education stories.

Social Security:

Social Security has announced a 1.7 percent benefit increase for 2013. View the 2013 Social Security Changes fact sheet for the new SSI Federal Payment Standard, SGA, TWP and Student Earned Income Exclusion amounts.


The Ticket to Work website has been redesigned. The site offers three portals, one for people seeking general information, one for Social Security beneficiaries, and one for service providers.



The University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability has developed an assistive technology portal for businesses, non-profit organizations and other employers. The site can help visitors learn more about what assistive technology is and how it can be used in the workplace.


The IDEAL Currency Identifier is a free downloadable app to assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired to denominate U.S. currency on some mobile devices.


Last May, the U.S. Department of Labor launched a disability employment app challenge. The winners were announced August 31st and included Access Jobs, an accessible online job search experience; VoisPal-Speak as You Think!, which helps people with speech difficulties express themselves; and AccDC: Accelerated Dynamic Content, a system that improves accessibility for screen reader and keyboard-only users.


Web Sites:

The American Job Center offers tools for job seekers, businesses, veterans and youth. Visitors to the site can explore careers, investigate salary and benefit information, plan a job search and browse job sites, and write and improve resumes and cover letters.


Workforce System Strategies is a new website designed for the public workforce system and its partners. The site allows users to search experimental studies, implementation evaluations, and how-to guides related to Education and Training; Employment, Retention and Advancement; and Infrastructure and Operations.


The Tennessee Works website serves as a hub for information related to the employment of people with disabilities.


The Federal Student Aid website includes a page explaining financial aid for students with intellectual 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 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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