March/April 2013

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2010 - 2013 TACE webinar recordings, handouts and PowerPoint slideshows are archived and available for you to access at your convenience.
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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 TACE Training Events

Employment Resources for Foster Youth with Disabilities

April 25, 2013
1:00-3:00 PM ET

Casey Family Programs will lead a presentation that will describe Casey Family Programs 2020 Strategy and Goals; acknowledge the resiliency and potential of foster youth with disabilities in customized employment settings; review recent research on foster youth with disabilities; explore the importance of youth involvement in their Individualized Education Program, Transition Plan, or Independent Living Plan; discuss specific employment program elements that have been effective with foster youth with disabilities; and present resources that offer solutions at the state, county, and community levels.  

Upcoming Training Events

Young Social Security Disability Beneficiaries and Early Intervention to Increase Their Employment

April 3, 2013

12:00-1:30 PM ET

Join this webcast highlighting new longitudinal statistics on young adult Social Security disability beneficiaries and interim findings from the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) evaluation.


Job Development Strategies for Individuals with Criminal Justice Involvement

April 10, 2013

2:00-3:00 PM ET

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

This presentation will provide proven strategies to assisting people with criminal justice involvement to find work. Topics include: criminal justice in the U.S. today and its impact on employment, the principle of negligent hiring, Title VII protections for people with "histories", the concept of employment at will, and record expungement.


Ticket to Work: Support for People with Disabilities on the Journey to Financial Independence Part 1

April 10, 2013

3:00-4:30 PM ET

The April webinar series will present tips, tools, and resources that help beneficiaries learn how to save what they earn; understand tax benefits that may apply to their situation; and gain basic financial knowledge such as budgeting and expense tracking.


Providing Quality Training

April 10-23, 2013

Cost: $159

The course covers all the basics for good skill instruction. Also, it will feature more advanced information on error correction, data collection, and training strategies for difficult tasks.


Improving Evidence-Based Supported Employment Fidelity Through the Use of Customized Employment Tools and Strategies

April 11, 2013

3:00 to 5:00 PM ET

Cost: $25 if outside Minnesota
Participants in this session will learn how Evidence-based Supported Employment and Customized Employment are similar. 


Post-Secondary Options for Students with ASD: Three Programs and a Parent Perspective

April 15, 2013

2:00-3:30 PM ET

Cathryn Weir, M.Ed., will discuss how Think College works with programs for students with autism who are not likely to matriculate, how they work with programs around the country, and resources they have available. Barbara Becker-Cottrill, Ed.D., and Marc Ellision, Ed.D., will provide details on how The College Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome at Marshall University supports students in the program, including strategies for working with professors, residence advisors and others involved in the life of the student; details will also be provided about a summer college experience for high school students. Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBA-D, will share information about Students on the Spectrum at Indiana University, a student-directed club facilitated by the Indiana Resource Center for Autism.


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.


Ticket to Work: Support for People with Disabilities on the Journey to Financial Independence Part 2

April 24, 2013

3:00-4:30 PM ET

The April webinar series will present tips, tools, and resources that help beneficiaries learn how to save what they earn; understand tax benefits that may apply to their situation; and gain basic financial knowledge such as budgeting and expense tracking.


Using Work Incentives to Build Financial Stability

April 24, 2013

3:00-4:30 PM ET

Discover opportunities for individuals with disabilities to increase income through the use of Social Security (SSDI and SSI) work incentives that support savings above the $2,000 SSI asset limit.


2013 North Carolina DCDT Transition Conference [PDF]

April 24-26, 2013

Greensboro, NC

North Carolina will hold its 2013 NCDCDT conference focusing on college and career readiness. This year's conference theme is Mission: Not Impossible! Conference topics include transition, job coaching, self-determination and more.


Be Tech Savvy: Accessible Information and Communication Technology

April 25, 2013

2:00-3:00 PM ET

This webinar focuses on an action area that is central to the operation of 21st century business - the development, procurement, lease, maintenance, and use of information and communication technology. To fully participate in the workforce, applicants and employees with disabilities must have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by applicants and employees without disabilities.


Marketing and Job Development: Developing Opportunities for Youth and Adults with Disabilities

May 5-18, 2013

Cost: $159

This 2-week course will cover the key principles and hands-on tools for finding jobs for people with disabilities and other high-unemployment groups.


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.


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.  
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 producing 30-second trainings and posting them on the Southeast TACE Asset Development Exchange (ADX) webpage. This month, learn about the Earned Income Tax Credit [PowerPoint] and how it can help your clients maximize their earnings.

TACE News:

TACE team members will attend and present at the Spring Conference of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) in Bethesda, MD on April 22 - 24. CSAVR's mission is to help improve vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for people with disabilities so they can achieve and maintain employment, have financial security and be fully included in society. Composed of the chief administrators of the public VR agencies serving persons with physical and/or mental disabilities in the United States, CSAVR meets in full session at least twice yearly to communicate on issues of concern within the field of vocational rehabilitation.


TACE will convene a panel for the Fifth General Session of the conference on Wednesday, April 24 at 8:15am. The panel will discuss "Asset Development for Individuals with Disabilities: How VR can be part of the solution." Presenters will include Mike O'Brien, CSAVR President and Director of OK Vocational Rehabilitation; David Beach, Director of KY Vocational Rehabilitation; Sue Page, Director of MD Direct Client Services; Abby Cooper, SE TACE Consultant; Chip Kenney, Director of SE TACE; and Michael Morris, NDI President. Panelists will explain why asset development is a necessary part of VR training, show how the SE TACE Center has expanded VR counselors' knowledge of asset development, present an example of how asset development can be incorporated in the VR system, and give an overview of asset building on a national level and specifically for people with disabilities.

Counselor Tips:

In their article Group Discovery: A Cost-Effective Strategy for Guiding Employment Services, Mike Callahan and Abby Cooper provide an overview of Customized Employment and the Discovery process. They then describe how Group Discovery can be used to improve employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities and other complexities while making efficient use of staff resources.


Southeast TACE hosted a webinar entitled Guideposts for Success: Innovative Strategies for Serving Youth. Presenters included Curtis Richards, Director of the Center for Workforce Development at The Institute for Educational Leadership and Laura Spears, Transition Specialist with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department. Richards discussed The Guideposts for Success and how they can be used while Spears explained how South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation has adopted them for statewide Vocational Rehabilitation youth transition services. The archived PowerPoint slides, transcript and session recording are available for download.


George Washington University is offering Transition Special Education Distance Education Certificate and Master's programs. Candidates are invited to apply for the summer and fall 2013 semester cohorts for the 12-credit Certificate Program and 39-credit Master's Program. A five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support the online Master's program and will cover a large portion of student tuition costs. Applications and supporting documents for the summer semester are due April 19th. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Ward, Program Coordinator, at or Bridget Green at or (202) 994-1235.


The IDEA Partnership at NASDE's Community of Practice on Transition has a workgroup focused on employment opportunities and career development for youth with disabilities. This workgroup is hosting a series of webinars in partnership with the National Post-School Outcomes Center and NSTTAC. "Get the Picture" was held on Wednesday, February 20th. Presenters shared the current national data and family perspectives regarding employment for youth and young adults. "Get in the Picture" was held on Wednesday, March 27th and covered current national work including Employment First legislation and initiatives in states. "Change the Picture" will be offered on Wednesday, April 24 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET.


Using Individualized Learning Plans to Produce College and Career Ready High School Graduates, a policy brief from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, summarizes findings and recommendations from a research and demonstration project funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy. With support from school counselors, teachers, and families, students can use the ILP document and process to define their career goals and postsecondary plans, which then informs their decisions about high school courses and activities. Additional information about the ILP Research & Demonstration Project is available on the NCWD/Youth website.


The Youth Transition Demonstration: Lifting Employment Barriers for Youth with Disabilities [PDF] presents interim evaluation findings for three Social Security Administration Youth Transition Demonstration projects. Evaluators learned that projects that provided more hours of services had a greater impact on the employment outcomes of youth during the year after they entered the evalua­tion.


April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and April is National Autism Awareness Month. What can you do this month to bring attention to the needs of people with autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disorder that affects as many as 1 in 50 children?


The Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration's Youth Team is hosting a live chat, Providing a Menu of Activities for Youth in WIA Programs: Challenges and Triumphs, on Wednesday, April 10, from 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time. The live chat will allow participants to share strategies, ask questions, and learn about the menu of services and activities including, but not limited to, recruiting and engaging youth, soft skills development, leadership training, and transportation issues. To join, log onto Workforce3One and enter the Youth Community of Practice.


The call for proposals is now open for the 2013 TASH Conference, A Movement United, to be held December 11-14, 2013, in Chicago. Consider submitting a proposal to share your innovative ideas, programs and practices that lead to positive outcomes for people with significant disabilities. The deadline for proposals is May 8, 2013. 


The Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights [PDF] is a one-page handout for young adults receiving mental health services and for those providing the services.


2012 in Review: BBI in the News highlights Burton Blatt Institute (Syracuse University) projects and members of the BBI community whose research, experiences, and expertise have been documented in the media during the past year.



The Campaign for Disability Employment has released the "Because" Outreach Toolkit. The toolkit includes links to the "Because" public service announcement, a workplace discussion guide, and posters "challenging viewers to rethink how they perceive career prospects for youth with disabilities and to recognize that we all benefit when young people with disabilities are able to develop their skills and talents into successful careers."


Are you interested in learning more about the disability status and diversity of the labor force and population 16 and over?  If so, the Disability Employment Tabulation 2008-2010 is now available. It provides in-depth labor force characteristics of people with a disability, including details on occupation, education, and earnings. The Disability Employment Tabulation is sponsored by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.


The LEAD Center, an ODEP-funded training and TA center, recently released its March e-newsletter. Highlights from this issue include a story about Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, and LEAD Center team members at the Cities for Financial Empowerment conference; a preview of the LEAD Center's webinar series; and a profile of LEAD Public Policy Team co-director Ari Ne'eman, president and founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). 


Connecting At-Risk Youth to Promising Occupations [PDF] explores occupations that can provide youth with a speedy path to employment without extensive up-front education or training. In determining which occupations are considered "promising," researchers focused on four features:

          Median earnings level

          Education and training pre­requisites

          Projected growth in labor-market demand

          Potential for individual advancement


National News: 

Governors Promote Employment For People With Disabilities highlights policies and partnerships several states are implementing to increase the number of people with disabilities in the workforce. 

Post-Secondary Education:

Are you a parent considering college options for your daughter or son, a professional starting or expanding a post-secondary program for students with intellectual disabilities, a student with questions about college, or a peer mentor who wants to share ideas with colleagues around the country? Subscribe to the Think College Listserv to share your knowledge and ask questions of others who are engaged in postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.


The Winter 2013 Think College newsletter  is now available. Resources in this issue include links to two new Insight Briefs (Federal Financial Aid for Students with Intellectual Disabilities [PDF] and Postsecondary Education and Employment Outcomes for Transition-age Age Youth with and without Disabilities: A Secondary Analysis of American Community Survey Data [PDF]), a scan of postsecondary education in the media, webinar announcements and more.


The March 2013 Think College newsletter has also been released. It includes an article about Georgia's move toward offering inclusive postsecondary education options; grant information for students; and a link to YouTube videos about higher education for students with intellectual disabilities.  


Social Security:

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently published Linking Youth Transition Support Services: Results from Two Demonstration Projects. The article examines two projects in SSA's Youth Transition Demonstration, California's Bridges to Youth Self-Sufficiency and Mississippi's Model Youth Transition Innovation, and identifies lessons learned from the projects:

  • Strong partnerships help to successfully serve youth in transition
  • Intervention components must be clearly defined and linked to measurable (and monitored) outcomes
  • Support services (e.g., case management, benefits counseling, self-determination) provided alongside employment services can produce successful employment outcomes
  • Asset development accounts can be beneficial to low-income individuals

The Continuing Resolution passed by the House and Senate reinstated funding for the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program and the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program, both of which provide support to help Social Security and SSI disability beneficiaries attain self-sufficiency through work.


Does your agency use social media to share information with the public? If so, you might be interested in the Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government Toolkit, developed by the Federal Social Media Community of Practice's Social Media Accessibility Working Group, led by the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. The toolkit features guidelines and instructions for making Facebook posts, Twitter messages, and YouTube videos accessible for individuals with disabilities.


GoTasks is a free task management and list prioritization app.


My Life! My Story! is an iPad app people with disabilities can use to create their own story and tell others about their lives.


It's My Future! is an app designed to support adults with developmental disabilities to become more self-determined and to meaningfully participate in their annual planning meetings. The $2.99 app provides self-paced videos and covers topics such as goal setting, community living, employment, and communication skills.


The LEAD Center launched its website on March 29th. The site houses resources, events and trainings to promote public policy, employment and economic advancement outcomes for all people across the spectrum of disability.


Georgia's Tools for Life AppFinder is a searchable database of apps for living, working, and playing. Visitors to the site can search for apps by category, price range, device type, and disability. All the apps have been tested or are currently being used by members of the Tools for Life team and peers in the assistive technology community across the country. 


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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