November 2013

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TACE Talks Transition 
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

Role of Work Experiences in Transition

December 10, 2013

2:00-4:00 PM ET

Description coming soon!


Getting Past the Gatekeeper to Reach the Decision Maker

February 6, 2014

1:00-2:30 PM ET

Webinar participants will learn the best way to reach the person with the power to hire; put learnings into practice with the support of user-ready resources to establish and grow relationships with decision makers; and access a Job Development Exchange listserv to network with job developers in the Southeast and engage in dialogue with a national expert for guidance on this topic.

Upcoming Training Events

Providing Quality Training

December 4-17, 2013

Cost: $159

Join this two-week course on strategies to provide effective training for youth and adults with learning challenges.


Service Animals under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act

December 10, 2013

1:00-2:30 PM ET 

Cost: $45 per site

Learn how the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act differ in their definitions of service animals and the protections these laws offer for people with disabilities who use service animals.

The webinar will also cover when service animal handlers need documentation and what kind, the difference between "service animal" and "emotional support animal", and the rights and responsibilities of service animal handlers, housing managers, and business owners.


DSM-5: A Spotlight On Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability

December 10, 2013

2:00-3:00 PM ET


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.   


Performance Coaching

December 12, 2013

2:00-3:00 PM ET

Cost: $25 APSE Members/$50 Non-Members

This webinar will give each manager/supervisor/leader the tools and resources to hire the right people, establish meaningful expectations, and motivate and develop staff to provide what the business/organization expects.


Real Work for Real Pay for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

January 20-February 17, 2014

Cost: $200

This course will highlight the best practices that facilitate employment outcomes for individuals with ASD. Participants will learn about the concepts related to implementing high quality individualized supported employment services.


Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference

January 29-February 1, 2014

Orlando, Florida

Learn the latest cutting edge information, products, services and best practices in AT for service professionals serving children, students and adults with disabilities. Hear first-hand from product leaders and successful practitioners how AT is a transformative power for the services they provide and the individuals with disabilities they serve.


Self-Employment: A Customized Career Strategy for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

April 8, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

Self-employment offers an alternative work option that enables individuals with ASD to pursue their specialized interests in a work context; market their knowledge and skills creatively; integrate a variety of accommodations into the design of their business; and customize a sustainable and productive career path. JAN Consultants will discuss the self-employment option focusing both on the development of the business itself, as well as potential accommodations in a small business context.



Other Learning Opportunities

7 Essentials for Autism & Happy Holidays: Creating Enjoyable Events with Visual Strategies is a pre-recorded webinar that shares simple ways to use visual tools that can produce huge changes in the student's ability to participate successfully in special occasion activities. Registration is $10 before December 1, 2013.


Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC has two new asynchronous web-based classes hosted by Relias and recognized by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals: Social Security Disability Benefits and Work: Address Fears and be Part of the Solution and Supplemental Security Income and Work: Address Fears and be Part of the Solution. Registration for each course is $27.


EARN has a number of archived webinars available for viewing, including Employers Can't Afford to Ignore Mental Health and Disability Disclosure and Self-identification: Benefits, Barriers and Implementable Solutions.


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. On December 4, 2013, the discussion will be about Accessible Meetings and Events.  Recordings of past episodes, including a transcript, resources and more information are available at



Welcome to the monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition! fruit-basket.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 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 Building Coalitions and How They Can Help [PowerPoint]. All previous trainings are archived and available on the Southeast TACE website.

Regional Spotlight:

On October 8, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 13-284, Reaffirming Commitment to Employment for Floridians with Disabilities [PDF], which supports Employment First efforts in the state.

Counselor Tips:

During Meetings I Can't Stand it When... A Guide for Facilitators and Team Members [PDF] offers suggestions and strategies that meeting facilitators and team members can use to promote meaningful youth participation in planning meetings.  Tips for Your Team Meetings: A Guide for Youth [PDF] shares suggestions and strategies to help young people become more involved in their team meetings.  


Federal Partners in Transition National Online Dialogue: Participation Metrics [PDF] summarizes the results of the May 13-27, 2013, Federal Partners in Transition National Online Dialogue. The dialogue was hosted by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration. Participants were invited to share their ideas and comments about barriers and opportunities to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities.


Translating Research into a Seamless Transition Model by Debra M. Luecking and Richard G. Luecking (Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 2013, online ahead of print) reports on how a model for delivering seamless transition services has been applied in Maryland for diverse special education populations.

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


Identifying Nonacademic Behaviors Associated with Post-School Employment and Education (A.E. McConnell, J.E. Martin, C.Y. Juan, M.N. Hennessey, R.A. Terry, N.A. el-Kazimi, T.C. Pannells, and D.M. Willis, Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, vol. 36, no. 3, 2013, pp. 174-187) presents constructs and lists of student non-academic behaviors associated with post-school education and employment, discusses the implications for their use, and describes next steps in building a new transition assessment using these constructs. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Linking Youth Transition Support Services: Results from Two Demonstration Projects is now available on the Quality Mall website. This research article describes two projects designed to help older youth with disabilities access adult services and supports.


In his Transition from School to Work: Time to Move Out from Your Classroom Walls blog post, Dale DiLeo urges schools to move into their business communities, build flexible career development curricula that are customized for each student, and engage their local employers.


Project SEARCH with ASD Supports: A Randomized Clinical Trial to Explore Competitive Employment for 18- to 22-Year-Olds with Autism Spectrum Disorders reports the findings of a Virginia Commonwealth University study. According to the report, youth with autism between the ages of 18 to 22 achieved employment at 87% in Project SEARCH with Autism Supports, while a control group only achieved employment at 6%.


State Differences in the Vocational Rehabilitation Experiences of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities [PDF] examines outcome statistics of a cohort of youth who applied for VR services from 2004 through 2006. The study addressed the following questions:

  • To what extent does each state's population of transition-age youth with disabilities apply for VR services?
  • Among those who apply, how likely is it that a transition-age youth will receive services?
  • What proportion of youth who receive VR services have their cases closed with an employment outcome, and how does that compare with the employment rate for the state's entire population of transition-age youth with disabilities?

Transitioning Youth with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities: Predicting Community Employment Outcomes by M.L. Simonsen and D.A. Neubert (Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, vol. 36, no. 3, 2013, pp. 188-198), reports findings from a study that examined community employment outcomes for 338 transitioning youth with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in one state 18 months after exiting public school. The study found that race/ethnicity, family expressed preference for paid work in the community, paid work experience, and self-management and community mobility skills were predictors of community employment. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


The National Council on Independent Living is asking for participants in a survey on disability and employment. The survey takes about 10 minutes, and everyone who completes it has the option to be entered for a chance to win $500. The results will be shared with the White House, all 50 Governors, top media, disability groups, and more. For further information, please contact Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi at or 202-365-0787.


George Washington University invites candidates to apply for the Spring 2014 cohort for their 12-credit Transition Special Education Certificate Program [PDF]. For further information about the application process, please contact Dr. Michael Ward, Program Coordinator. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2013.


APSE has issued a Call for Proposals for the 25th annual conference, which will be held in Long Beach, California on July 1-3, 2014. The conference focuses exclusively on integrated employment of individuals with disabilities. The proposal submission deadline is January 15, 2014.


The NIDRR-funded Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired is conducting a nationwide Employment Mentoring Project which will pair college students who are legally or totally blind with mentors in their career fields who are also blind. Participants are being recruited through December 2013.


Join the Southeast ADA Center email list for ADA-related news, resources, training, and innovative solutions.


A recent article in The Montreal Gazette describes a group of deaf police officers in Oaxaca, Mexico. These officers monitor the city's surveillance cameras to look for crimes being committed. Their ability to read lips and keen attention to visual details are invaluable assets on the job.


The September 2013 LEAD On! newsletter includes articles covering the LEAD Center's First Annual Policy Roundtable to Improve Employment and Economic Status of Individuals with Disabilities; recent changes to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the Center's 2013 webinars; and more.


The Office of Disability Employment Policy's Disability Blog features a number of guest blogs, including:

7 Simple Tips for Identifying, Preparing and Interviewing for Jobs

Hidden Vocational Challenges: Focus on Strengths and Solutions! and

Breaking down Geographic Barriers - Join the Virtual Discussion!


Employment First is a downloadable manual that covers 40 key elements needed to support Employment First.  (Cost: $30)


Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guide to Effective Employment Programs discusses the results of a study that focused on effective practices implemented by vocational rehabilitation service providers for people with ASD. The guide also outlines effective practices of VR vendors.       

Facilitating Employment for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders [PDF] is a Research to Practice Brief that describes challenges people with ASD may have when entering the workforce and offers suggestions on how to address the challenges.


Developing Model Programs for Supporting Individuals with ASD in Public VR Program through Knowledge Translation of Evidence-based Research [PDF] is a Research to Practice Brief that provides an overview of studies piloting new VR service models for people with autism spectrum disorders.   


The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) released a Just-in-Time training module called All About JAN: Resources in Spanish/Todo acerca de JAN para hispanohablantes [Video]. The training module provides an overview of JAN's services in Spanish.


Massachusetts has announced it will end new referrals to sheltered workshops as of January 1, 2014, and plans to end all sheltered work services in 2015, transitioning people in sheltered workshop programs to integrated and community-based services. Blueprint for Success: Employing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Massachusetts [PDF] outlines the plan to implement these changes.


Barb Trader, TASH Executive Director, was this month's featured guest on the Griffin-Hammis Customized Employment Podcast, hosted by Cary Griffin.  Interview topics included current trends surrounding inclusion, transition from school to adulthood, and the upcoming TASH Conference.


The Employment Environment: Employer Perspectives, Policies, and Practices Regarding the Employment of Persons with Disabilities by W.A. Erickson, S. von Schrader, S.M. Bruyère, and S.A. VanLooy (Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, online ahead of print) examines employer characteristics, policies and practices as important workplace environmental factors. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)

National News: 

The National Council on Disability released Strength in Our Differences, NCD's annual survey of federal disability policy.  According to NCD Council member Janice Lehrer-Stein, "As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, NCD's report is intended to support continued progress toward achieving the goals of full equality, liberty and opportunity for Americans with disabilities." The report is divided into four subject areas:

  • Ratification of the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Health Care and Access to Medical Treatment
  • Community Integration
Post-Secondary Education:

This month, Think College Stories introduces readers to Vanessa [PDF] from VAST Academy and Houston Community College and Ian [PDF] from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.


The October 2013 Think College E-News includes student stories, an introduction to the College Life Pack free-to-download vocabulary collection, information about post-secondary programs, and more.

Social Security:

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 1.5 percent COLA for 2014. The SSI Federal Payment Standard will increase from $710 to $721 per month for individuals and from $1066 to $1082 per month for couples. The SSI Student Exclusion will increase from $1,730 to $1,750 per month; the annual limit will increase from $6,960 to $7,060.


The Ticket to Work website features Success Story videos telling how real people have used the Ticket to Work program to achieve their employment goals.


Use of Social Security Work Incentives to Promote Work-Based Learning in Youth Employment and Training Programs, a report from NCWD/Youth, examines the AmeriCorps income exclusion that allows youth with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits to participate in work-based learning experiences and receive a living allowance or stipend without it impacting their benefits.



In Benefits of Assistive Technology, author Kerry A. Wiley shares her personal experiences using assistive technology. She also reviews Fix It With TAPE: Repurposing Technology to Be Assistive Technology for Students With High-Incidence Disabilities, an article by Emily C. Bouck and colleagues.


ATbar is a free, open-source, cross-browser toolbar that helps users customise the way they view and interact with web pages (increase and decrease font sizes; have text read aloud; use coloured overlays, readability and a dictionary to aid reading; etc.).


The Genetic Alliance's Advocacy ATLAS: Accessible Tools for Leadership and Advocacy Success features a variety of resources organized by topic areas such as Access to Healthcare, Insurance and Financial Assistance, Transition to Adulthood, and Communicating about Your Health.


The LEAD Center (National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities) website houses publications, webcasts, and other resources to expand employment and leadership opportunities for people with disabilities.


The ADA Legacy Project launched their website, which will provide news, updates, scheduled events, and information on partners who are preserving disability history, celebrating its milestones, and educating the public and future generations of advocates. 

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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