November 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.
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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.  


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

Exploring Community Service as a Pathway to Employment: A Webinar for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries
December 5, 2012

3:00-4:30 PM ET

This webinar will introduce a variety of community service opportunities and benefits including The Corporation for National and Community Service, the Serve America Act, and service leading to work.


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.


SSA's Disability Programs: New Findings on the Dynamics of Employment and Health

December 6, 2012

12:00-1:30 PM ET

This forum will present new findings on the extent to which adults leave the SSA disability rolls, and remain off, because they found work or recovered from a medical condition.


National Disability Inclusion Leadership Development Institute

December 10-11, 2012

Arlington, Virginia

This event is designed to meet the needs of experienced leaders in the national service field who are seeking state of the art approaches as well as novice leaders who would like to be able to implement and/or provide basic disability inclusion capacity building. Topics include Veterans and Wounded Warriors and Service as a Path to Employment.


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.


Equitable Transitions to Adulthood: Issues of Cultural and Social Capital Webinar

December 12, 2012

3:00-4:00 PM ET

In this presentation, specific types of cultural and social capital relevant to special education are identified. Next, their potential to impact positive post-school outcomes is explained. Finally, the implications for research and practice that take into consideration culture and diversity as complex, interactional variables are discussed.


National Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar

December 12, 2012

3:00-4:30 PM ET

This webinar will discuss Ticket to Work and other work incentives that can help Social Security disability beneficiaries find work and become financially independent.


The Personnel Factor: Attributes of Highly Successful Employment Specialists

December 19, 2012

1:00-2:00 PM ET
The Center on Transition to Employment invites you to an informational webinar on new research into the characteristics of employment specialists and their implications for successful transition to paid jobs for transition-age youth. 

iPad Adaptations in Minutes

January 8, 2013

3:30-5:00 PM ET

Cost: $59

This webinar will demonstrate over 30 ways an iPad can be adapted in five minutes or less using everyday materials. Participants will learn to mount an iPad so the camera can be stabilized and used as a video presenter, presentation, lecture, or capture tool; adapt a stylus or use innovative input methods; create tactile graphics for iPad apps; attach an iPad to a wheelchair, bed, crib, chair, or a person; recess an iPad into a table or tray; and learn creative ways to protect an iPad.


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.


Self-Employment: The Other Option

January 15, 2013

1:00-3:00 PM ET

Cost: $50 APSE Members/$100 Non-Members

This webinar will feature two talented Supported Entrepreneurs who will talk to the audience about their experience with self-employment and the type of assistance they received to be successful in their business.


Preparing for What? Employment and Community Participation

January 22, 2013

2:00-3:30 PM ET

This webinar will discuss factors related to job outcomes for students with ID who are attending PSE programs and present a case study of a program in CT that addressed these issues and improved their employment outcomes as a result.


College-Based (Dual-Enrollment) Transition Programs

February 6, 2013

2:00-3:30 PM ET

The speakers discuss the policies and practices that have been developed to promote successful college experiences for students while they are still in high school.







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 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.  
TACE News:

In a recent study, five TACE-sponsored pilot projects were shown to advance VR understanding and utilization of best practices in four southeastern states, building VR capacity to improve outcomes for jobseekers with the most significant disabilities.


Through Innovations Projects, TACE collaborates with state leaders to use a pilot test approach to integrate selected best practices in VR systems. The pilot provides an incubator to learn and observe the practice in context, make needed adjustments and allow it to gain traction before taking it to scale. Once a pilot is completed, TACE also provides supports to embed the practice into mainstream VR operations.


The first five sites piloted Customized Employment, known to be effective with jobseekers with the most significant disabilities but as yet untested in these southeast agencies. An evaluation of the five projects concluded that, as a result of the pilot approach, "VR counselors in four states in the Southeast have a viable option for serving jobseekers with the most significant disabilities where previously they had no effective option."


TACE presented on the study at a national summit on VR program evaluation and quality in September, and has completed a white paper [PDF] discussing methods and findings, and offering recommendations for replication. The white paper will also appear in the Spring issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.



The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Career Path Program was named an "Exemplary Employer" by the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. The program serves youth ages 17-22 with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. A team consisting of a vocational support coordinator, job coach and social worker offers young adults work trials with various hospital departments and then helps them find employment within the hospital or in the community.


In September 2012, the Pathways Transition Training Collaborative published Strengthening Family Support for Young People with Mental Health Needs in the Transition to Adulthood: A Tip Sheet for Service Providers [PDF].


Navigating the Transition to Adulthood [PDF], the Fall 2012 issue of The Child Indicator, draws upon current reports highlighting progress and challenges associated with transition-aged youth. The newsletter includes an examination of long-term trends in college, work, and living arrangements, as well as a summary of research findings about what young adults need to succeed in today's employment environment.


NCWD/Youth has posted videos for and by youth with disabilities, including clips discussing how young peoples' decisions to disclose their disabilities have affected them in school, work, and social situations. 


Share what you have learned about supporting people to lead rich, meaningful, integrated lives in their communities! The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is launching a quarterly online peer reviewed journal, Inclusion [PDF]. The journal will provide a forum for discussion of interventions and strategies to promote full inclusion. The submission deadline for the inaugural issue is December 15, 2012.


The Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) have launched the Training Toolbox. The Toolbox categorizes innovative training strategies by topic (e.g., Transition, History of Disabilities, Family Centered Care, Maternal and Child Health, etc.).


The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Searchable Online Accommodation Resource, or SOAR, allows users to explore accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and educational settings. The SOAR widget is now available for download to your agency's website.


The National Telecommuting Institute is a non-profit organization specializing in assisting Americans who need work-from-home jobs. Their website resources include a list of common telework jobs available through the NTI and what types of skills or training are needed for each type of job.


The NCWD/Youth InfoBrief Everybody Learns, Everybody Works: Using Universal Design for Learning in Workforce Development Programs describes how UDL principles can be used in work experiences and training settings to more effectively and efficiently engage all youth. The brief describes specific ways to apply the principles and offers numerous examples.


Support for States Employability Standards in CTE and Adult Education is an initiative of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. The project's purpose is "to consolidate and disseminate information on employability skills to form a centralized clearinghouse that helps inform the instruction and assessment of these skills." The project website includes an interactive framework that organizes employability skills; an online tool to inform the selection of an employability skills assessment; profiles of state, local, and employer-led employability skills initiatives; and links to related initiatives.


The Southeast ADA Center answers questions and provides training and materials about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Center serves an eight-state geographic region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Southeast ADA Center is a grant project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.


The Economics of Supported Employment: What New Data Tell Us [PDF]by Robert Cimera "reviews the literature on the economics of supported employment. By comparing results from research conducted prior to, and after, 2000, several important findings were identified. The first was that individuals with disabilities fare better financially from working in the community than in sheltered workshops, regardless of their disability. This is especially true given that the relative wages earned by supported employees have increased 31.2% since the 1980s while the wages earned by sheltered employees have decreased 40.6% during the same period. Further, supported employment appears to be more cost-effective than sheltered workshops over the entire 'employment cycle' and returns a net benefit to taxpayers." ( website)


The Autism DRRP Research to Practice Brief #5, Developing Model Programs for Supporting Individuals with ASD in Public VR Program through Knowledge Translation of Evidenced-Based Research [PDF], outlines why VR should invest in enhanced service models, what evidence-based research has shown, program components for autism pilots, critical training and skill-development activities, and capacity development strategies. 


National News: 

The Department of Education is requesting public input [PDF] on the future direction of the Rehabilitation Training Program. "The Department will use the information and data gathered in response to this notice to support the design and implementation of future training and TA that is aligned with the current and future economic trends, reflects the needs of vocational rehabilitation (VR) consumers and ensures that VR counselors are equipped with new and emerging skills. The goal of these training and TA activities is to increase the achievement of high-quality integrated employment for individuals with disabilities." Comments are due by January 7, 2013. has created the What's Your Connection? initiative and accompanying toolkit to emphasize the connections among all people. The initiative will use social media and grassroots tactics to build support for inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and in their communities.

Post-Secondary Education:

College Students with Disabilities: What Factors Influence Successful Degree Completion? A Case Study [PDF] is a joint publication of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and the Kessler Foundation. The study involved twenty individuals with disabilities who had successfully completed their college education at one of five community colleges and universities in New Jersey. Report findings include: access to accommodations was not a major issue for students but the stigma of going to the Office of Disability/Special Services was seen as a significant and inadequately addressed obstacle; students reported mainly using services on campus (instead of the expected college/community combination); students attributed their successful completion to a significant relationship with either a professional staff member at the Office of Disability/Special Services or a faculty member; and long-term positive relationships with mentors (on or off-campus) were also seen as critical.  


Social Security:

As of March 1, 2013, all Social Security, VA and other federal benefits will be issued by electronic payment. Beneficiaries will need to sign up [Video] for direct deposit or a prepaid Direct Express debit card. 



Low income individuals with a combined hearing and vision loss may qualify for no-cost accessible telecommunication devices and specialized training through the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP). The Helen Keller National Center has partnered with Perkins to conduct national outreach efforts to educate consumers, family members, and service providers about NDBEDP. Visit the project website to learn more.


The Assistive Technology (AT) for Employers and Businesses Web Portal offers information on AT solutions and accommodations in the workplace, as well as resources and how to find additional assistance. Partners who worked with the RESNA Catalyst Project to create the Portal include the United States Business Leadership Network, Job Accommodation Network, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Southeast TACE, and the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.


The fully-captioned Assistive Technology in Action video series is designed to strengthen awareness of AT devices that help individuals with disabilities participate fully in all aspects of their lives. The most recent video features Elle [Video], a young woman with cerebral palsy who uses AT to help her communicate with family, friends, and teachers.

Web Sites:

Apostrophe magazine recently updated its website. Visit the site to read stories about people with disabilities making their dreams a reality, gather health and wellness tips, and learn more about self-advocacy.


The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy's ePolicyWorks provides an online collaborative workspace where stakeholders can learn and communicate about barriers to employment for people with disabilities.


The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness is home to DB-LINK, the national information clearinghouse for children who are deaf-blind.


ExploreVR is a new tool from the Institute for Community Inclusion designed to provide vocational rehabilitation agencies options for planning, evaluation, and decision making.


The Wrightslaw website offers a variety of resources for military families who have children with special needs.


The Learning & Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (Transitions RTC) is a national effort that aims to improve the supports for youth and young adults, ages 14-30, with serious mental health conditions who are trying to successfully complete their schooling and training and move into rewarding work lives. Their website offers a number of resources related to transition and mental health.

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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