January 2014

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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.  


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

Work Experience Expectations: Expanded Discovery

February 3, 2014

2:00-4:00 PM ET

This webinar will feature an enhanced view of work experiences as a form of Expanded Discovery.  


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.  


Experiences with Discovery and Internships for Transition Aged Youth

March 7, 2014

2:00-4:00 PM ET

Description coming soon!


Work Experience Site Development - Recruiting Businesses for Work Experiences and Internships

March 18, 2014

2:00-4:00 PM ET

While work experiences are a valuable way for youth to experience various work environments, career clusters, and to develop skills, there is a strategic process for recruitment of these sites. Join this session to discuss the strategy to determine which sites, market your need and develop the sites for youth to have these experiences.


Working with Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

April 24, 2014

2:00-4:00 PM ET

Description coming soon!


How to Brand Your Job Development Services

May 8, 2014

1:00-2:30 PM ET

Description coming soon! 


Using Technology with Youth for Employment

May 15, 2014

2:00-4:00 PM ET

Description coming soon!


Managing Stress and Feelings of Isolation Related to Job Development

August 7, 2014

1:00-2:30 PM ET

Description coming soon!


Upcoming Training Events

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

January 22, 2014

3:00-4:30 PM ET

Learn about Social Security's Ticket to Work program, and how clients can save money, budget and better manage their finances.   


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).  


How to Design and Deliver an Accessible Webinar

January 23, 2014

2:00-3:30 PM ET

This webinar will cover the use of interactive features, captioning, audio connections, and other features as it relates to those who are planning to provide webinars as well as those who are developing webinar platforms.

Agency Transformation:  Sustaining Conversion, Raising the Bar, and Changing Lives!

January 23, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET  

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

Learn how KFI, an award winning organization, transformed itself from traditional center-based services to personalized supports for people with ID/DD to live in homes of their own, work in community businesses, and contribute to their communities.    


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).   


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.    


Let's Talk About Effective Communication

February 12, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

This webinar will address the requirements of state and local government agencies and of private businesses to ensure effective communication under Titles II and III of the ADA.  


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.  


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. 


Creating a New Vision for Your Organization: Focusing on the Future Rather than the Past

February 26, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

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

Learn how two organizations that have provided "traditional" segregated, facility based services for individuals with disabilities embraced Employment First practices and have been working to change their business model.  


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

Ethics and the New Age of Social Media

March 18, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM ET

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

This webinar will review the ethical challenges facing employment services in the age of social media in light of the six CRC Ethical Principles. Strategies and precautions will be shared to assist professionals who would like to embrace social media without causing undue harm to the persons they serve, their agencies, and the field as a whole.


2014 Disability Policy Seminar
April 7-9, 2014

Washington, DC
This is an opportunity to hear from leading public policy experts, disability advocates and Congressional staff discussing current key policies important to the disability community.


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

April 8, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

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.   


State of the Science - Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap [PDF]

April 8-9, 2014

Bethesda, Maryland  

The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers on Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment Policy and Measurement, and Individual Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities will share research that advances evidence-based practices and policies to close the employment gap between people with and without disabilities.  


Other Learning Opportunities

Visit the VCU-ASD Career Links website to browse their library of archived webcasts. Recent topics include High School Transition the Project SEARCH Way Part 1, Using iPads to Promote Access and Learning for Students with ASD, and The Social Side of ASD.


The Disclosing Disability: What You Need to Know archived webinar is now available for viewing. The webinar is aimed at jobseekers, employees, and employers.


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 February 4, 2014, the discussion will be about Service Animals.  Recordings of past episodes, including a transcript, resources and more information are available at adalive.org.


Happy New Year and welcome to the monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition! themepark-fireworks.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:

January is National Mentoring Month. What are you doing to promote mentoring in your community?

Asset Development Exchange 30-Second Trainings - 2013 in Review:


In 2013, TACE brought you monthly 30-second trainings on incorporating asset development strategies into Vocational Rehabilitation counseling and guidance. We covered the following subjects:

1.     Behavioral Economics

2.     Asset Building Coalitions and How They Can Help

3.     Asset Development: Bank On

4.     Asset Development: Debt Considerations in Vocational Planning

5.     Asset Development: IDAs

6.     Asset Development: Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

7.     Asset Development: Financial Literacy and Transition

8.     Asset Development: Financial Literacy and VR

9.     Asset Development: Resources for Serving Individuals with Disabilities

10.  Asset Development: Earned Income Tax Credit

11.  CFED: The Corporation for Enterprise Development

12.  Asset Development: Student Earned Income Exclusion

13.  Asset Development: Helping Clients Thrive, Not Just Survive


What did you think of the trainings? Would you like them to continue? We would love your feedback!


Pooh Bear and Money Pot Cartoon



Healthy Transitions: A Pathway to Employment for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and other Disabilities [PDF] from the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy shares highlights from a 2012 study on health care transition commissioned by ODEP.


The Department of Labor's Work in Progress blog started 2014 with a post discussing the importance of Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) in helping youth plan their career paths through high school and beyond. The Office of Disability Employment Policy released a new Kick Start Your ILP toolkit to guide students through the process of creating and using an ILP.


 Differences in Service Delivery Between Transition VR Counselors and General VR Counselors (Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 57(2), 109-115) by A.J. Plotner, J.S. Trach, K.M. Oertle, and A.R. Fleming, examines the relationship between the VR counselors' primary job roles and the counselors' perceptions of the importance of, frequency of, and preparation for providing a set of transition activities. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Transition to Community by Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome: Staying Afloat in a Sea Change by E. Giarelli and K. Fisher (Disability and Health Journal, 6(3), 227-235) reports the findings of a study designed to examine the movement out of secondary school to independent living or higher education among young adults with Asperger syndrome. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Job Acquisition by Urban Youth with Disabilities Transitioning from School to Work (Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 57(1), 31-45) by P.B. Gold, E.S. Fabian, and R.G. Luecking,  reports findings from an evaluation of the Marriott Foundation's Bridges from School-to-Work Program, "a national multisite intervention offering paid competitive employment to high school youth enrolled in special education programs." (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) for Youth published six tip sheets to help guide youth through various life transitions and challenges. Specific action steps and additional resources are included. Topics covered are:

Jill Houghton, executive director of the US Business Leadership Network, posted Career Mentoring Youth with Disabilities as a Business Strategy on Disability.Blog, the official blog of Disability.gov.


The Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is accepting applications for the 2014 Autism Campus Inclusion Summer Leadership Academy, which will be held June 8-14 in Washington, DC. The Academy prepares students to create systems change on their college campuses. Applicants must identify as Autistic and be current college students with at least one year remaining before graduation.  Travel and lodging are fully covered by ASAN.


Disability.gov's Guide to Employment provides links to many programs and services that connect people with disabilities to employment services.


Mayberry Meets the ADA - Confidentiality and Coworkers is a blog post addressing the issue of confidentiality in the workplace related to the ADA.


The Green Economy and Job Creation: Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the USA (International Journal of Green Economics, 7(3), 257-275) by S. Bruyére and D. Filiberto, suggests implementing a focused strategy to train and engage people with disabilities in the green economy. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


The State of the Science of Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 51(5), 376-384) by D. Nord, R. Luecking, D. Mank, W. Kiernan, and C. Wray, reviews the literature on the effectiveness of the current employment support system, employment-specific interventions, and the economics and cost benefits of employment for people with IDD. The authors also present recommendations and directions for future research. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Strategies to Jumpstart Employment Innovation, an EARN/Exchange Business & Disability Blog post, features guest blogger Elaine E. Katz, Program Center Senior Vice President at the Kessler Foundation, discussing strategies that employers and rehabilitation practitioners may use to increase the employment of persons with disabilities.


The December 2013 issue of the LEAD Center LEAD On! newsletter is now available. This edition highlights news and innovations in employment, policy and economic advancement for adults with disabilities.


The January 2014 Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) newsletter is now available. This month's topics include National Mentoring Month, federal hiring of people with disabilities, and the Workforce Recruitment Program.


How Do Social Networks Influence the Employment Prospects of People with Disabilities? (Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 25(4), 295-310) by C.R. Langford, M. L. Lengnick-Hall, and M. Kulkarni, explores the role of social networks used by people with disabilities for finding employment. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Engagement in Vocational Activities Promotes Behavioral Development for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, November 2013 online) by J.L. Taylor, L.E. Smith, and M.R. Mailick, reports study findings suggesting that "greater vocational independence and engagement was related to subsequent reductions in autism symptoms and maladaptive behaviors, and improvements in activities of daily living."

National News: 

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released the 2014-15 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The handbook includes details about work activities, wages, education and training requirements, the job outlook, and more.

Post-Secondary Education:

Barriers and Supports to Postsecondary Transition: Case Studies of African American Students with Disabilities (Remedial & Special Education, 35(1), 28-39) by J. Banks uses case studies to examine the experiences of African American students with disabilities as they secured accommodations from disability services.(Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


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:

The Explore VR SSDI Video Project seeks individuals with a disability who are currently employed and who wish to share their success stories with others. Specifically, the project is looking for people who:

  • Have received services from a state VR agency,
  • Are former Social Security Disability Insurance recipients, and
  • Now earn above the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) amount.

Stories will be discussed with and filmed by staff from the Explore VR project at the Institute for Community Inclusion. Individuals whose stories are chosen for the project will receive a $500 stipend.


The Social Security Administration has announced 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions, which qualify for expedited disability application processing.


Meet Ben! An Introduction to Ticket to Work [Video] is a four-minute video from the Social Security Administration explaining options and services offered through the Ticket to Work Program.


One of the biggest concerns SSI beneficiaries have about going to work is the possibility of losing Medicaid coverage. Section 1619(b) of the Social Security Act provides some protection for these beneficiaries.


Disability.gov's Benefits section has links to a wealth of resources about Social Security disability benefits and assistance programs and services for people with disabilities, seniors and their families.


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.

Please forward this TACE Talks Transition to others. Invite them to subscribe by joining the Southeast TACE Transition Listserv. To join the listserv, they simply visit the Southeast TACE Transition Services web site and follow the Transition E-Mail-List link . We'll take it from there!  
If you have any questions about TACE or would like to request technical assistance, please contact Civa Shumpert at norciva@gmail.com.

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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