February 2014

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TACE Training Archives


2010 - 2014 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

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 Position Your Job Development Services in the Labor Market

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

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.   


Ticket to Work: Support Services for People Who Have a Disability and Are Ready to Work

February 26, 2014

3:00-4:30 PM ET

The free webinar provides an overview of the Ticket to Work program and describes the most commonly used Work Incentives.


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. 


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

March 20-May 1, 2014

Cost: $200

This course will provide an overview of each type of popular technology gadget and some of the applications most relevant to individuals with disabilities.


Marketing & Job Development for Youth and Adults with Disabilities   

April 2-15, 2014

Cost: $159

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


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.


Self Determination: Past, Present, Future

June 12, 2014 

2:00-2:45 PM ET

Cost: Varies

This webcast will give a brief history of self-determination, then focus on self-determination's  important role in workplace support and employment issues.


25th Annual APSE National Conference

July 1-3, 2014

Long Beach, California

This conference focuses exclusively on employment of people with disabilities in the general workforce and features nationally renowned keynote speakers and over 70 breakout sessions.


Reinventing Quality 2014

August 3-5, 2014

Baltimore, Maryland
The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota, the Human Services Research Institute The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and The University of Delaware's National Leadership Consortium come together to organize the Reinventing Quality Conference.

Other Learning Opportunities
The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program offers a series of brief online training modules on providing reasonable accommodations for people with different types of disabilities, including vision and hearing, dexterity and cognitive 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 March 5, 2014, the discussion will be about Voting Accessibility.  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! spring-raingear.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 - 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


Please take a minute to let us know what you thought of the trainings. Would you like them to continue? We would love your feedback!


Pooh Bear and Money Pot Cartoon


Regional Spotlight:

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead decision, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is publishing a four-part series on Olmstead in their Making a Difference magazine. Part one of the series appears in the Winter 2014 edition.


The 2014 North Carolina Division on Career Development & Transition annual conference, "Tying the Collaborative Knot," will be held April 9-11, 2014, in Greensboro, North Carolina. For any additional information or questions email Freda M. Lee.


In collaboration with The Arc of Kentucky, Jefferson & Simpson Co. Parent Resource Centers, and Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky  TASH will hold its 2014 Annual Conference April 25-26, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. This year's conference theme is "Opening Doors: Everyone Welcome".


Promoting Transition to Adulthood for Youth with Physical Disabilities and Health Impairments (Targett, P., Wehman, P., West, M., Dillard, C. & Cifu, G., Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 39(3), 229-239) examines the issues involved in the transition of youth with orthopedic or physical disabilities and other health impairments. The article also discusses how to improve transition outcomes.


The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Corporation for National and Community Service have released policy guidance to increase volunteerism and work-based learning for all youth.


Use of Social Security Work Incentives to Promote Work-Based Learning in Youth Employment and Training Programs, an NCWD/Youth Infobrief, provides an overview of the importance of work-based learning experiences, examines the AmeriCorps income exemption for youth with disabilities who are receiving Social Security benefits, and offers recommendations for expanding the use of similar incentives to other youth employment and training programs.


On February 12, the President signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for all individuals, including people with disabilities, working under service or concessions contracts with the federal government. The higher wage will apply to new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts put out for bid after January 1, 2015. The White House developed a fact sheet to provide additional information about the Executive Order.


Disability and Rural Communities: Making a Difference in Small Towns [PDF] is a training guide for people with disabilities who live in rural areas. The guide covers such topics as advocacy, inclusion, interdependence, resources, networking and community involvement, supportive relationships, leadership, and more.



Employees with ASD: Tips for Educating Employers and Colleagues [Video] provides a brief background on autism spectrum disorders and how they can present in the workplace. The video also discusses specific challenges that may be encountered and strategies for overcoming those challenges.


Setting Up Autistic Employees to Succeed discusses the Human Resources implications of a new study which found that placing autistic adults in more independent work settings may help alleviate symptoms of the developmental disorder.


Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities, Second Edition will be available for purchase on March 7, 2014. Authors Cary Griffin, David Hammis, Beth Keeton, and Molly Sullivan have updated this popular guidebook with a new and improved assessment approach, more self-employment success stories, and the latest on policy changes and online opportunities.


Read Dale DiLeo's January 29, 2014 blog post about Moving Beyond "Place, then Train".


The National Trends in Disability Employment 2013 Review/2014 Preview includes a year-end review of employment trends for people with disabilities and a look forward to the job picture for 2014.


APSE-Association of People Supporting Employment First has developed a map of Employment First activity across the United States, and has also issued an Employment First statement that includes characteristics of successful implementation of Employment First.


The Job Accommodation Network quarterly newsletter is available and includes information about providing temporary accommodations, new accommodations-related resources, and upcoming training events.


Disability Scoop reports that a Gallup survey found just 1 In 3 adults with intellectual disabilities are employed and of those who are working, "slightly more than half are employed in competitive environments alongside those without disabilities, while 38 percent work in sheltered workshops and 9 percent are self-employed."


States as Model Employers of People with Disabilities: A Comprehensive Review of Policies, Practices and Strategies [PDF] examines strategies used in state government and large municipalities relating to the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of people with disabilities into government jobs.


Advancing Economic Opportunities for Business Owners and Jobseekers with Disabilities: A Review of State and Municipal Government Contracting Procurement and Tax Incentive Programs for Disability-Owned Businesses [PDF] "identifies state and local government entities that show evidence of having state business certification, preferences, and set-aside programs for private-sector disability-owned businesses, as well as established state tax incentives available to for-profit businesses to hire jobseekers with disabilities. It also highlights key elements of these programs, including how disability is defined, and the unique characteristics and features of the programs."

National News: 

The Department of Health and Human Services has updated the poverty guidelines used in determining eligibility for a number of Federal programs.


The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Effective VR Service Delivery Practices' Fall 2013 Research Synopsis [PDF] shares the findings of the RRTC's look at the Rehabilitation Services Administration's 911 data across a 3-year timeframe (FY 2007-2009), and also outlines examples of promising VR practices from four states.


In January, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division reported findings [PDF] of its investigation of Rhode Island's sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs. The DOJ concluded that the state was violating the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act by over-relying on segregated placements. Steps the state must take to comply with the ADA include providing supported employment services, integrated day activities, and transition services to youth with I/DD.


Massachusetts is the latest state to move toward closing sheltered workshops for people with disabilities. On January 1, 2014, the state's administration on developmental disabilities ceased all new referrals to sheltered workshops; the existing sheltered workshops will be closed by June 30, 2015. Read the Blueprint for Success: Employing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Massachusetts [PDF] to learn more about how Massachusetts plans to successfully make this transition.


The LEAD Center released its report from the 2013 Policy Roundtable held in July. The report includes recommendations that will promote cross-system collaboration and one of the appendices provides resources for blending and/or braiding funds.


The Office of Autism Research Coordination recently released the Report to Congress on Activities Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities Under the Combating Autism Act of 2006 and Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 (FY 2010-FY 2012). The report includes a section entitled Adult Services and Supports, which provides descriptions of autism-related research and projects in Federal departments and agencies.


Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder [PDF] reports the findings of a federally-funded review of thousands of studies. The review found more than two dozen autism interventions that met the criteria to be considered "evidence-based."


Post-Secondary Education:

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2014 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. This year's conference will be held November 20-21 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Social Security:

The Impact of a Written Benefits Analysis by Utah Benefit Counseling/WIPA Program on Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes by S. Wilhelm and S. McCormick (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 39(3), 219-228) reports study findings that Utah Benefits Planning Assistance & Outreach Program services are associated with improved earnings, employment outcomes and successful case closure status of VR clients. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


The Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2012 [PDF] is now available.



Capti is a free app that converts any webpage with an article, blogpost, or a book to speech. It is currently available from the iTunes App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices.


Meet Brody, the newest star in the AT in ACTION Video Series [Video]. Brody is a sixth grader who uses assistive technology to help him write and participate in class. 


Student Social Media Guidelines [PDF] can help young people learn how to use social media responsibly.


Proloquo2Go is a popular symbol-supported communication app.


GW Micro's screen reader Windows-Eyes is now free for anyone with a Microsoft Office 2010 or later license.  Windows-Eyes is a screen reader that enables people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled to have full access to Windows PCs and makes the computer accessible via speech and/or Braille. 


Don't Break the Bank in 2014 - Low Cost Accommodations Do Exist! is an Ask JAN blog post offering numerous examples of real-life, low-cost workplace solutions.


Could 3D printing provide new solutions for disabled people? offers a glimpse into what the future might hold...




TeleworkTools.org offers telework and telecommuting resources for interested jobseekers, service providers, and employers.


The ADA National Network launched its new website this week. The site allows visitors to access information, resources and publications about the Americans with Disabilities Act.


The Telecom Toolbox, developed by RTC-Rural, was designed to "increase VR counselor capacity to use online communication methods.  While the Toolbox focuses primarily on email communication between the consumer and counselor, it also includes tips for using social media and video conferencing. In addition, the Toolbox provides links to external resources addressing telecommunication in counseling practice."   


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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