January 2013

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The Asset Development Exchange (ADX) is designed to improve employment outcomes and retention through financial stability. Asset building strategies and information can sometimes make the difference between an unsuccessful closure and a successful employment outcome. SE TACE wants to ensure counselors have the information and resources they need to assist their clients in obtaining financial stability.


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.

Upcoming Training Events

Job Development

February 4-March 4, 2013

Cost: $125

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.


You Asked, We Answer

February 6, 2013

3:00-4:30 PM ET

This webinar will provide insight into Work Incentives, Ticket program resources, and how employment through the program works with disability benefits and health care coverage.


College-Based (Dual-Enrollment) Transition Programs

February 6, 2013

2:00-3:30 PM ET

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


Practical Management Strategies: What to do After the Meltdown - Part 2
February 12, 2013

3:30-4:30 PM ET

Cost: $50 (free to Virginia participants)
Many students with ASD exhibit interfering behaviors to effectively and efficiently navigate their environment. Oftentimes, the term "meltdown" is used to describe a temporary event that appears to come "out of nowhere". This presentation is the second part to the two-part series on management strategies for after the meltdown.


Help! I've been Overpaid by Social Security: Prevent, Reduce, and Eliminate Overpayments through use of Work Incentives
February 21, 2013
2:00-3:00 PM ET

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

Learn about the common reasons why overpayment happens, how to prevent overpayments, specific work incentives that can help reduce or eliminate overpayments and specific steps to take with beneficiaries who have overpayments.


Growing Pains: How Disability, Risky Behaviors, and Expectations During Youth Influence Early Adult Outcomes

February 21, 2013

12:00-1:30 PM ET

Join the Center for Studying Disability Policy at Mathematica to find out more about how the early onset of disability and choices made by youth with disabilities affect their educational attainment, employment, and other life outcomes.


Building Inclusion through Creative Hiring & Collaboration
February 21, 2013
2:00-3:00 PM ET
This webinar will provide the elements needed to create a workforce that intentionally includes people with disabilities. These elements are applicable for large corporations as well as small businesses.


Youth to Work Coalition Resources

February 25, 2013

11:30 AM-12:30 PM ET

This session will present information regarding the materials and resources on the Youth to Work Coalition Website.


Crafting Your Elevator Speech - What Works for Introducing Yourself to an Employer
February 27, 2013
1:00-2:00 PM ET

$50 APSE Members/$100 Non-Members

Learning objectives for this webinar include: define key components of your elevator speech to reflect a business image and differentiate you and your organization; learn from examples of good elevator speeches and bad elevator speeches; and develop an action plan to create your own elevator speech.


Making Careers Happen: Transition and Career Development for Secondary Youth with Disabilities in the 21st Century

February 27-March 1, 2013

3:00-5:00 PM ET

Cost: $50

Participants in this highly interactive three-day web conference will learn about effective transition practices, and how school-agency collaborations can deliver these practices from leadership, consumer, financial, and practical perspectives.


Customized Employment

March 4-April 1, 2013

Cost: $125

This course will take a closer look at customized employment and how it can facilitate employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.


Job Coaching and Workplace Supports

March 7-20, 2013

Cost: $159

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


Into Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism

March 18-April 29, 2013

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.


Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series

April 1-June 17, 2013

Cost: $325
This ACRE-certified course provides an extensive overview of supported employment and how to facilitate competitive jobs for individuals with significant disabilities.


2013 Disability Policy Seminar

April 15-17, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Two days of informative in-depth sessions from disability policy experts and opportunities to network with others from your state will culminate in a third day starting off with breakfast on Capitol Hill before you personally meet with your elected representatives and their staffs.


Customized Supported Self-Employment

May 6-July 15, 2013

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. 


Employment First: Race to Success- Employment Comes in First

June 24-27, 2013

Indianapolis, Indiana

This year's conference will feature strands including State-of-the-Art Practices in Integrated Employment; Transition from School to Adult Life; Public Policy and Funding; Leadership and Personal Development; and Consumer, Family and Self-Advocacy.


Be sure to check the TACE Events page

for the most up-to-date training announcements.


Happy New Year and 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.  
Asset Development Exchange 30-Second Trainings:

Pooh Bear and Money Pot Cartoon

The Southeast TACE wants to help counselors have the information and resources you need to assist your clients in obtaining financial stability. Toward that end, we are introducing 30-second trainings in the monthly TACE Talks Transition and MSD Network New Flash. These mini-sessions will be housed on the Southeast TACE Asset Development Exchange (ADX) web page, along with other useful information concerning financial stability in vocational rehabilitation. Download the first PowerPoint, Asset Development: Helping Clients Thrive, Not Just Survive [PowerPoint] and get started today. We hope you enjoy these trainings!

Counselor Tips:

With income tax season just around the corner, now is the time to talk with your Vocational Rehabilitation clients about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. This credit is a great incentive for many of your clients who are struggling to make work pay.


The Rural Institute on Disabilities Transition and Employment Projects website has been updated for the New Year. Visit the site for transition-related resources, tools, examples and more!


Project SEARCH for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Increasing Competitive Employment On Transition from High School by Paul Wehman, Carol Schall, Jennifer McDonough, Alissa Molinelli, Erin Riehle, Whitney Ham and Weston Thiss, describes how Project SEARCH was used to help youth with ASD gain competitive employment. Two case studies are included.


In Transitioning Youth with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities: Predicting Community Employment Outcomes (Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 2012, online ahead of print), authors Simonsen and Neubert report the findings of a study examining community employment outcomes for 338 transitioning youth with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in one state 18 months after they exited school. 57.1% of the young adults were engaged in sheltered or non-work activities, 28.7% were participating in other models of community work (e.g., enclaves, crews), and 14.2% were in integrated employment. The identified predictors of community employment included race/ethnicity, family expressed preference for paid work in the community, paid work experience, and self-management and community mobility skills.


The January 29, 2013 Wrightslaw Special Ed Advocate newsletter is devoted to transition planning and transition services. Articles address such topics as transition plan components, legal requirements, and vocational goals.


Easter Seals Project ACTION just released Considerations for Selecting and Hiring Travel Trainers: A Compilation of Resources. This resource is intended for educators and school systems looking to hire a travel trainer for students in transition to post-school settings.


On January 25, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued guidance [PDF] outlining school districts' responsibilities to ensure that extracurricular athletics must be offered in "such manner as is necessary to afford qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity for participation." Because school athletics provide opportunities for skill development, social interaction, networking and more, this guidance could open the door to a whole array of new transition preparation activities for youth and young adults with disabilities.


January is recognized as National Mentoring Month, a time to acknowledge the key role mentoring can play in helping youth successfully transition to adulthood.  To learn more about designing mentoring programs, read NCWD/Youth's guide Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring or Plotting the Course for Success: An Individualized Mentoring Plan for Youth with Disabilities [PDF], and visit the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP™) website.


The HSC Foundation Advocates in Disability Award was created to acknowledge and encourage a young individual with a disability between age 14 and 26, who has dedicated himself/herself to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. The selected recipient is awarded $3000 and may receive up to an additional $7000 to support an innovative project that serves and empowers individuals with disabilities. The application deadline is March 15, 2013. 


The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders has released Guidance & Coaching on Evidence-based Practices for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders [PDF], a manual to support practitioners' implementation of evidence-based practices in programs that serve children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. Coaching logs, presentations, videos and other resources are available on NPDC's website.


With support from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, National Disability Institute created The Changing Face of Benefits, a downloadable benefits training workbook and online course to help make sense of Florida's benefits, rules, and resources as well as give readers an overview of programs such as Social Security work incentives that allow Americans with disabilities who receive public benefits to work and retain income.


Are you interested in your state's employment outcomes as compared to those of other states in your region?  A Review of Commonly-Used State Employment Measures in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services [PDF], a Policy Research Brief published by the University of Minnesota Research and Training Center on Community Living, uses publicly-available data sources to offer readers a state-by-state comparison of employment outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


National News: 

In January, the US Department of Labor's Campaign for Disability Employment released a new video public service announcement titled Because. The PSA highlights what people with disabilities can do when given the opportunity and was developed to increase career expectations of youth with disabilities, their parents, teachers, coaches, mentors, and future employers.


The Work Opportunity Tax Credit has been extended until December 31, 2013.

Post-Secondary Education:

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) seeks applications [PDF] for its 2013 Summer Leadership Academy. The training will take place in Washington, DC, June 9 to June 15, 2013. All expenses for the training are covered by ASAN, including travel, lodging and food. Participants will learn valuable skills in community organizing, creating policy goals and activism. Applicants must be current college students with at least one year remaining before graduation.


Two new Insight Briefs are available from Think College Publications: Federal Financial Aid for Students with Intellectual Disabilities [PDF] and Postsecondary Education and Employment Outcomes for Transition-age Youth With and Without Disabilities: A Secondary Analysis of American Community Survey Data [PDF].


Social Security:

The Social Security Administration has expanded the services available with a my Social Security account. For example, Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history, and earnings record instantly using their online account.  



The Winter 2013 edition of AT Program News focuses on cognitive assistive technology. Articles address such topics as using Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) as cognitive aids for employment; strategies for video modeling using iPods and iPads; apps for daily living; using the StepPad for task sequences and more!


The IDEAL Group Reader is a fully accessible eBook reader application that can read text aloud like an audio book and highlight sections of text as they are being read. It is available at no cost in the Google Play app store.

Web Sites:

The Real People, Real Jobs website highlights the employment successes of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are working in paid jobs in their communities. New stories have been posted to the site.


QualityMall.org houses a wealth of free information about person-centered supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The mall is divided into "stores" representing broad topic areas. Stores may be further divided into "departments" that provide more specific descriptions of available products and services.


ThinkCollege.net has added a comprehensive Searchable Resource Library, State Updates, and Online Learning Modules.


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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For questions about the Southeast TACE Transition Listserv or the monthly Southeast TACE Talks Transition, please contact Kim Brown at brown@ruralinstitute.umt.edu

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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