December 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

The Way to Work: Employment Preparation for Youth in Transition

January 9, 2014

2:00-4:00 PM ET

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


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

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities Webcast Series begins February 13, 2014. Visit the RRTC website for session details and registration information.


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.


15th International CEC-DADD Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability, and Developmental Disabilities [PDF]

January 21-23, 2014

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Topical areas include autism spectrum disorder, assistive technology, collaborative partnerships, intellectual disability, mental health, multiple disabilities, paraprofessionals, parental engagement, post-secondary initiatives and transitions.


The Discovery of Intervention Strategies to Improve Employment Outcomes for High Risk Youth with Disabilities: A Secondary Analysis of the NLTS2 - Part 1  

January 22, 2014

1:00-2:00 PM ET

The Center on Transition to Employment invites you to a two-part informational webinar on a secondary analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2). The first part of this research discusses a data mining strategy used to identify groups of youth who are at-risk of lower employment based on their non-modifiable characteristics.  


The Discovery of Intervention Strategies to Improve Employment Outcomes for High Risk Youth with Disabilities: A Secondary Analysis of the NLTS2 - Part 2  

January 29, 2014

1:00-2:00 PM ET

The Center on Transition to Employment invites you to a two-part informational webinar on a secondary analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2). The second part of this research focuses on finding modifiable characteristics that are important predictors of employment for each of these groups.   


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.  


Customized Employment

February 17-March 17, 2014   

Cost: $125

This course will take a closer look at customized employment and how it can facilitate employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. It will also review strategies for collaboration and braiding funding to support the needs of an individual with a disability in order to be successfully employed in the community.


Using Principles of Discovery and Career Enhancement

February 18-March 3, 2014

Cost: $159

This 2-week, 18-hour web training focuses on developing career paths through innovative vocational assessment, career development skills, and vocational profiling for youth and adults with disabilities.


Job Development

February 24-March 24, 2014   

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.


Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series

March 3-May 26, 2014

Cost: $325


Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism

March 10-April 21, 2014

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.


2014 Southeastern "Across the Spectrum" Autism/Asperger Conference and Expo

March 13-14, 2014

Cobb Galleria Centre

Atlanta, Georgia


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

Providing Reasonable Accommodations for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing [Video]

This free online training module was produced by the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program at the Department of Defense.


Think College LEARN

offers self-paced learning modules on topics related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.

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 January 8, 2014, the discussion will be about Effective Communication.  Recordings of past episodes, including a transcript, resources and more information are available at

Welcome to the monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition! snow-heavy-trees.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.  
News Flash:



The Southeast TACE: Region IV office will be closed from December 21, 2013 - January 1, 2014. We will re-open on January 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. This extended Winter Break is part of the Syracuse University (SU) "Green Day" and Flexible Work and Sustainability Initiative. We wish you a joyous, safe holiday season and a prosperous new year!   

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 Behavioral Economics [PowerPoint]. All previous trainings are archived and available on the Southeast TACE website.


Regional Spotlight:

The Arc of Haywood County (North Carolina) and The Arc of Tennessee are among five sub-grant recipients of The Arc's School-to-Community Transition Initiative funding. These transition projects will connect individuals with paid employment opportunities and/or a degree/certificate-earning postsecondary education program. 


Counselor Tips:

Portable and Accessible Video Modeling: Teaching a Series of Novel Skills within School and Community Settings [PDF] by T. Taber-Doughty; B. Miller; J. Shurr; and B. Wiles (Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 48(2), 147-163) reports that students in the study showed increases in independent task completion and task transitions and decreases in transition durations when learning novel tasks using self-operated video modeling clips.


Comparison of the Effects of Video Modeling with Narration vs. Video Modeling on the Functional Skill Acquisition of Adolescents with Autism [PDF] by M. Smith; K. Ayres; L. Mechling; and K. Smith (Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 48(2), 164-178) reports the findings of a study comparing the effectiveness of video modeling that includes narration and video modeling without narration on the skills acquisition of four adolescent males with autism. Video modeling with narration was more efficient for two of the participants and was preferred by the other two, even though results indicated narration was not a critical component for the latter two subjects.



Pre-graduation Transition Services for Improving Employment Outcomes among Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review reports the findings of an electronic search through 30 computerized databases to identify interventions that "predictably and positively supported the development of transition programs designed to produce employment outcomes for individuals with ASD." Although none of the 85 studies examined met all the inclusion criteria for full review, the authors did identify studies that addressed elements of potential successful employment placements.


The Corporation for National and Community Service and the Office of Disability Employment Policy issued a Dear Colleague letter [PDF] promoting national service for youth, and describing how it can provide critical preparation for young people as they transition from school to employment.


Promise for the Future: How Federal Programs Can Improve the Career Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions [PDF] examines federal programs that can provide assistance in meeting the educational, vocational, and basic supports needs of young people ages 16 to 30 with serious mental health conditions. A related compendium of fact sheets [PDF] is also available.


Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Family Employment Awareness Training in Kansas: A Pilot Study by G. Francis; J.M.S. Gross; R. Turnbull; and W. Parent-Johnson (Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 38(1), 44-57) reports that the Kansas Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) program succeeded in raising expectations for competitive employment among people with disabilities, their families, and support professionals. FEAT also increased participants' knowledge about transition-to-employment services, supports and resources. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Just in time for the the Disability Scoop story about a rescued puppy that was recently named "Dog of the Year" for changing the life of a young boy with autism.'s December 2013 Disability Connection Newsletter features 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Money. Your clients/customers/students may benefit from the resources and programs mentioned in the newsletter.


Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource & Information Center has created a series of seven fact sheets offering information about topics such as employment, inclusion, IEPs, and Social Security.


Equity and Full Participation for Individuals with Severe Disabilities: A Vision for the Future explores a number of critical topics in the lives of people with severe disabilities, necessary reforms to policy and practice, and goals and priorities for improving early intervention, education, health care, behavior supports, and social services.


 Magic Keys to Success [PDF] offers tips for working with a person living with prenatal alcohol exposure.


People with FASD Struggle to Get into the Workforce [Audio] is a CBC News interview in which John Rimore and James Gideon address the topic of people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the workforce. The interview lasts approximately 8 minutes.


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.


How to Keep a Job: The Young Adult's Guide [PDF] offers a variety of tips on professional conduct at work.


Models of Success: Employment for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder contains research findings from VCU-RRTC, which is funded by the National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research. Topics covered include using the iPod Touch as Assistive Technology; college students with ASD and careers; transition-aged youth with ASD and community-based functional assessment; and much more.


The Campaign for Disability Employment developed public service announcements to educate Americans about the importance of focusing on ability and setting goals for employment. The Youth Discussion Guide for the Campaign for Disability Employment's "I Can" PSA [PDF] is intended to help youth and adults plan and lead discussions in their communities about fostering employment expectations for all young adults, including those with disabilities.


Friends: Connecting People with Disabilities and Community Members [PDF] offers a variety of hands-on activities to build and support relationships between people with disabilities and other community members. Some of the worksheets may also be useful for determining employment connections and potential natural supports.


The Knowledge Translation for Employment Research Center at Virginia Commonwealth University maintains the Employment Research Database, a database of articles addressing interventions that lead to successful employment outcomes. The entries may be sorted by a variety of categories, including disability type, type of intervention, employment characteristics or outcomes measured, and more.


In Dale DiLeo's recent blog post on The Two Sides of the Employment First Coin, he discusses what must happen in order for Employment First advocacy efforts to succeed.

National News: 

StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes 2012 [PDF] provides statistics over a 20-year period addressing the status of employment and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.


The Disability System and Programs to Promote Employment for People with Disabilities by D. Wittenburg; D.R. Mann; and A. Thompkins (IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2(4)) examines employment-focused interventions within the disability system, including demonstrations funded by the Social Security Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


On December 11, 2013, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) released the 2013 Compendium on Disability Statistics. "The Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place."

Post-Secondary Education:

Empowering Leadership: A Systems Change Guide for Autistic College Students and Those with Other Disabilities [PDF] is a guide to campus activism written by and for students with disabilities. The book is co-published by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.


Presentation materials, session handouts, and transcripts from the 2013 Inclusive Higher Education: Moving from Good Ideas to Great Outcomes conference are now available on the Think College! website.


The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship program. Scholarships of up to $3,000 are available for students with Autism to attend college, technical or vocational school, or cooperative life skills programs. To qualify, students must:

  • Have an established Autism diagnosis
  • Be attending an accredited institution of higher education in the United States for the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 semesters
  • Be enrolled on a full-time basis or be working toward certification or accreditation in a particular field (e.g., studying to be a paralegal, chef, etc.)
  • Apply by April 25, 2014

Social Security:

Families/caregivers and service coordinators/case managers who have applied for SSI benefits (or assisted in the SSI application process) for an individual with intellectual or developmental disabilities are asked to complete an online survey about their experiences with the process. The survey asks about what is working well, challenges and recommendations for improvement. The purpose of the research is to improve the SSI system and application process. Responses are anonymous and will not affect the SSI benefits individuals receive. Survey participants are eligible for an incentive by lottery.


The newest Ticket to Work Success Story [Video] features Lisa Seeley discussing her experiences with panic disorder and agoraphobia.  After receiving career counseling and advice about employment accommodations, Lisa began a successful home-based job.   


Tongue Controller for the Paralyzed Offers Greater Independence shares the story of cutting-edge assistive technology.


Luke Comeau, Autism Specialist at the South Dakota Center for Disabilities Autism Spectrum Disorders program, hosts Luke's Office [Video], a new educational technology webinar series.


Beyond Communication: Using Eye Gaze Technology to Access the Computer by E. Walker (Closing the Gap Magazine, 32(2), 27-29) describes the PCEye Go and PCEye Pro, clip-on eye tracking devices which convert eye movement to a mouse cursor on the computer. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


The National Institutes of Health website provides access to a wealth of health/mental health-related information.

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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