October 2013

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Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE

TACE Training Archives


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 Webinars

Service Collaboration and Linkages to Achieve Seamless Transition from School to Career Outcomes

October 29, 2013
2:00-4:00 PM ET

This session will present how the Seamless Transition Approach has been applied across disabilities and geographic locations.  Data results and case studies will be provided. In particular, time will be spent in discussing how collaborators (LEAs, VR, DD/MH, and adult community providers) have accommodated their systems to assist each student achieve seamless transition results. 


VR Counselors Working with Schools During Transition

November 18, 2013

2:00-4:00 PM ET

Guest speakers, Laura Spears and Kelley Ali, will share ideas and best practices for partnering with local school districts.  They will share outreach and referral development materials, the role that Memoranda of Agreement can play in developing and sustaining partnerships, and lessons learned about what works (and what doesn't).

Upcoming Training Events

All Youth Can Work! [PDF]

October 17, 2013

2:00-3:30 PM ET

Cost: $50 TASH members/$70 non-members

This session will outline and discuss the rationale and the strategies for developing meaningful and targeted work and community participation experiences during postsecondary education enrollment that will ultimately lead to long term jobs and active community lives.


Social Media and People with Disabilities: Building Online Networks to Enhance Community Engagement and Create a Level Playing Field

October 21, 2013

8:00-9:00 PM ET

Join this evening webinar for an overview of several social media networks and how social media can be used as an engagement tool by people with disabilities. Learn how social media sites work with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and on mobile devices. 


A Time for Change... Sheltered Workshop Conversion

October 22-23, 2013

Burlington, Vermont

Cost: $350  

Examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. State policy makers, Developmental Services, VR, Advocates, and Families are encouraged to attend.  


Innovative Research on Employer Practices: Improving Employment for People with Disabilities

October 22-23, 2013

Washington, DC

This state-of-the-science conference is hosted by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes among Individuals with Disabilities (EP-RRTC).  


Employment-Renewed Investments?

October 23, 2013

1:00-2:00 PM ET

This webinar will share the renewed developments in supported employment and the threats that remain to further improvement and expansion that must also be addressed.


Ticket to Work: Free Support Services for People with a Disability Who Are Ready to Work

October 23, 2013

3:00-4:30 PM ET

Learn about the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program and support services for people who are ready to work. This session will also feature information about self-employment.


Build your Community Based Organization (CBO) Network for Employment Success

October 30, 2013

2:00-3:15 PM ET

Cost: $50 APSE members/$100 non-members

Learn from best practice examples how to leverage you and your network for successful and sustainable employment outcomes without losing funding for placements.


A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

October 30, 2013

12:00-1:30 PM ET

This webinar will provide an overview of a paper written by AUCD members who seek to engage in conversations about improving interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration in supporting self-determined transition of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities to adulthood and to community life.


Technology Interventions for People with Cognitive Disabilities

October 30, 2013

3:30-5:00 PM ET

Cost: $49

Research about cognitive support technologies (CST) indicates that it can help people with a wide range of disabilities to increase their participation in everyday activities. This session will explore CST - how these technologies support independence and self-determination for people with cognitive disabilities.


Apples to Androids: Using Cool New Technology to Create Consumer Buy-In

November 4-December 19, 2013

Cost: $200

New popular technology gadgets such as the iPad/iTouch/iPhone, Kindle, and Droid present endless possibilities to positively impact people's lives. This course will provide an overview of each type of device and some of the applications most relevant to individuals with disabilities. Through real life scenarios, you'll learn how this technology applies to the field of rehabilitation.


Job Coaching and Workplace Supports

November 6-19, 2013

Cost: $159

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

DCDT International Conference

November 14-16, 2013

Williamsburg, Virginia

The Division on Career Development and Transition will host its 17th International Conference. This year's theme will be "Leaders for Life, No Limits...No Boundaries."


Inclusive Higher Education: Moving from Good Ideas to Great Outcomes

November 16-17, 2013

Washington, DC

Cost: $190

This event will feature both general and concurrent sessions on topics such as Current Strategies, Lessons Learned, Policy and Legislation, Funding, and more. Come, learn, share, and stay to network with colleagues from across the country at the Inclusive Higher Education Reception. 


Customized Self-Employment

November 18, 2013 - January 27, 2014

Cost: $250

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


A Movement United - 2013 TASH Conference

December 11-14, 2013

Chicago, Illinois

The TASH Conference connects attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitates connections between stakeholders in the disability movement, and helps attendees reignite their passion for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life.  


Other Learning Opportunities
ADA Live! is a free monthly internet radio show broadcast by the Southeast ADA Center. The live call-in show can be heard the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00-1:30 PM Eastern Time. Recordings of past episodes, including a transcript, resources and more information are available at adalive.org.



Welcome to the monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition! leaf-macro.jpg 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 producing 30-second trainings and posting them on the Southeast TACE Asset Development Exchange (ADX) webpage. This month, learn about Asset Development: Bank On [PowerPoint]. All previous trainings are archived and available on the Southeast TACE website.



TACE News:

Announcing the Southeast TACE Region IV 2013-2014 Transition Webinar Series...mark your calendars and register now! Participating in the series can support professional development of an individual, a department or an entire agency for less cost than sending staff to comparable training events.

We encourage employers and sponsoring agencies to invite individuals, co-workers, local employers and community partners to participate at your site. Site coordinators can use the time following each session to discuss their transition program and dialogue with participants about "next steps" to improve.


Questions and help: If you have any questions or need further assistance on these training events, please feel free to contact us via email: tacesoutheast@law.syr.edu or by phone: (404) 541-9001 [voice/TTY].


Tuesday, October 29, 2013:    Service Collaboration and Linkages to Achieve Seamless Transition from School to Career Outcomes


Monday, November 18, 2013:    Working with Schools

Tuesday, December 10, 2013:    Role of Work Experiences in Transition

Monday, February 03, 2014:    Work Experience Expectations Including Expanded Discovery

Wednesday, February 26, 2014:    Experiences with Transition and Work Experiences

Tuesday, March 18, 2014:    Work Experience Site Development - Working With Employers

Thursday, April 24, 2014:    Working with Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

May TBA:    Using Technology with Youth for Employment


 Achieving Meaningful Employment for Youth with ASD: High School Transition the Project SEARCH Way is an archived webcast examining the Project SEARCH Model. This model has been identified as an effective vocational rehabilitation program.


Navigating the Early Career Years: Barriers and Strategies for Young Adults with Disabilities by L. Lindstrom, L.G. Kahn, and H. Lindsey (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 39(1), 1-12) examines career development, barriers, and career advancement strategies vocational rehabilitation counselors can use when assisting young adults with disabilities. Identified barriers include:

  • "Lack of work experience and restricted aspirations
  • Sporadic patterns of early employment
  • Limited access to postsecondary education and training
  • Discrimination and prejudice in the workforce."

Strategies VR counselors can employ include:

  • "Developing individual attributes and skills
  • Broadening the range of careers explored
  • Creating initial work experience opportunities
  • Obtaining postsecondary education/training
  • Providing supports to facilitate advancement on the job
  • Advocating for changes in the workplace."

(Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)     


Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids...and How to Correct Them is a blog post suggesting adults need to encourage kids to take more strategic risks and personal responsibility for their actions.


Improving Post-High School Outcomes for Transition-Age Students with Disabilities: An Evidence Review [PDF] reports the findings of a research literature review of programs that help students with disabilities transition from high school. Researchers found that relatively few transition studies met the criteria to be included in this review, highlighting a need for additional study of effective transition practices. Findings also included:

  • Community-based work programs appear to have mixed effects on employment and potentially positive effects on post-secondary education, and
  • Functional life skills development programs had potentially positive effects on independent living.

Creating Change with Incremental Steps: Enhancing Opportunities for Early Work Experience examines challenges to providing youth with disabilities opportunities for early work experiences. It then provides an overview of the changes necessary to make the system work more effectively.


Rehabilitation Professionals' Expectations for Transition and Interagency Collaboration by K.M. Oertle, J.S. Trach, and A.J. Plotner (Journal of Rehabilitation, 79(3), 25-35) reports the findings of a study examining rehabilitation professionals' expectations of educators, youth with disabilities, parents/guardians, and themselves during the transition process. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)   



Remember that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! This year's theme is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task." For more information about this national campaign to raise awareness about disability employment issues, visit the Office on Disability Employment Policy website.


The Summer 2013 issue of Connect!, the Helen Keller National Center's online newsletter, includes articles about the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, apps used by people who are deaf-blind, Deaf-Blind Awareness Week activities, and much more. 


Alabama is one of eight states that will receive a Disability Employment Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The funding is to be used to provide education, training and employment opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.


The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP-VR) "is designed to generate knowledge and evidenced-based vocational rehabilitation practices that improve employment rates, and quality of employment for persons with disabilities."


Linda Hodgdon's online newsletter features 8 Things Support Staff Absolutely MUST Understand about Students with ASD. In this article, the author shares key concepts that are applicable in all environments and for people of all ages with an autism spectrum disorder.


Wisconsin Vocational Rehabilitation recently adopted policy [PDF] that they will not pay for VR services delivered in sheltered workshops, including vocational evaluations, work adjustment, etc. Also, VR will not pay for any vocational evaluation that concludes a person is unemployable or needs pre-vocational services.



Disability Scoop recently reported on a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Minnesota that compared accuracy and speed of men with and without high-functioning autism screening baggage x-rays for weapons. The men with autism were as accurate and nearly as fast as the men without autism. Over time, the men with autism showed improved performance; performance of the men without autism declined.


ACN Connections - It's a match: Matching the Right People to the Right Job is an archived webcast describing the partnership between ACN Connections and Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation. ACN Connections is the employment department at the Autism Center of Nebraska. It has a 76% successful placement rate of individuals with ASD into competitive work placements.


Customized Self-employment and the Use of Discovery for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities by K.L. Heath, K.M.  Ward, and D.L. Reed (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 39(1), 23-27) examined the relationship between Discovery (a method to identify a job seeker's interests, supports, connections and skills) and successful business launch. Findings from the four-year StartUp Alaska demonstration project suggest there is an association between the use of Discovery and business start-up success. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)   


Striking While the Iron Is Hot: The Effect of Vocational Rehabilitation Service Wait Times on Employment Outcomes for Applicants Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits by T. Honeycutt and D. Stapleton (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 39(2), 137-152) reports that longer VR wait times are associated with lower employment outcomes for SSDI beneficiaries. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Each year, the Job Accommodation Network updates the Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact publication. Consistent with previous years, the 2013 study findings show that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations outweigh the costs.


Work at Home Requests: A Reasonable Accommodation? discusses telecommuting and the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Quandary of Hidden Disabilities: Conceal or Reveal?, an article in The New York Times by Katherine Bouton, uses a number of real-life examples to illustrate the complexity of deciding if/when to disclose a hidden disability.


On October 3, 2013, Dr. Steve Hall, former provider, school teacher, State DD and Mental Health Director, expert in Medicaid and systems change joined Cary Griffin (Griffin-Hammis Associates) for an informative discussion about community employment, systems change and Medicaid. Listen to the archived recording on the GHA website and visit Dr. Hall's blog.  

National News: 

High Expectations: Transforming the American Workforce as the ADA Generation Comes of Age [PDF], a report by Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, examines young people's experiences with transition programs, disability benefit programs, and the workforce. The report recommends reform in the following areas:

  • Increasing support for high school students transitioning into employment
  • Improving the transition into post-secondary education and the labor market
  • Changing the assumptions in disability benefit programs that discourage employment
  • Building strong pipelines from school to the competitive workforce and promoting supportive workplaces.

On July 10, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration submitted a Policy Directive [PDF] to revise its Vocational Rehabilitation Program Case Service Reports. Customized and self-employment services will be included in reporting data effective October 1, 2013.

Post-Secondary Education:

According to the program website, VCU ACE-IT in College is a "five-semester inclusive, on-campus college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, or autism. With the support of an education coach, ACE-IT in College students take VCU classes and participate in VCU activities. In addition to taking classes, students participate in internships, employment, service learning, and social experiences, as the goal of the program for each student is competitive employment in an area in which the student is interested and can excel in through taking VCU courses."


Think College Stories introduce readers to Will [PDF] at the College of Charleston; Brent [PDF] from SITE at Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis; Jose [PDF] from Project Stingray at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg; and Rebecca [PDF] from Next Steps at Vanderbilt University, Nashville.


Post-secondary Students with Disabilities Receiving Accommodations: A Survey of Satisfaction & Subjective Well-being by H.J. Reinschmiedt, M.E. Spring, B. Dallas, F.D. Buono, and T.D. Upton (Journal of Rehabilitation, 79(3), 3-10) reports the findings of a study that examined subjective well-being and student satisfaction with education accommodations for postsecondary students with disabilities. According to the report, "The 5 accommodations receiving the highest satisfaction scores were: (1) assistive reading technology, (2) testing with accommodation, (3) text conversion services, (4) reader/writer/interpreter, and (5) assistive listening technology. Six accommodations receiving the lowest satisfaction scores were: (1) academic advisement and counseling, (2) assignment extensions/modifications, (3) taped lectures, (4) academic accommodation planning, (5) tutorial support/one-on-one assistance, and (6) classroom accommodations."

Social Security:

 Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program: Overview and Current Issues by William R. Morton provides an overview of the Ticket to Work program and other work incentive programs created by Ticket to Work legislation.  The report also discusses issues surrounding Ticket to Work implementation.


My Social Security allows individuals to access their personal Social Security information, including benefit and payment details, earnings records, estimates of futures benefits, etc. The online service also allows people to change addresses, phone numbers and direct deposit information.


Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) programs offer in-depth information and individual counseling about Social Security disability benefits and the effect of work on these benefits. Funding for the WIPAs was reauthorized and projects resumed as of August 1, 2013.


Nick, the star of the newest AT in Action video, owns his own lawn-care business. He uses assistive technologies to drive, operate his laptop computer, and more.


Disruptions: Visually Impaired Turn to Smartphones to See Their World, an article in The New York Times, shares a variety of ways in which people with visual impairments use their smartphones and apps to navigate (and to enjoy) the world.


The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision website houses a variety of resources and publications VR Counselors might find useful.


Ramps.org is a clearinghouse for information about ramps. The site includes an online directory of ramp builders and accessibility programs across the United States.

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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