March 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

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

March 27, 2014

2:00-4:00 PM ET

Join this session to hear how to partner with schools and other agencies to set up work 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 Employment Services in the Labor Market - Part 1

May 8, 2014
1:00-2:30 PM ET

This presentation will provide information and tools on how to develop or refine marketing strategies to better position an organization's employment services in their local labor market.


Using Technology with Youth for Employment

May 15, 2014

2:00-4:00 PM ET

Description coming soon! 


How to Position Your Employment Services in the Labor Market - Part 2

June 19, 2014
1:00-2:30 PM ET

This presentation will provide participants the opportunity to share the marketing strategies that they have developed to better position their organization's employment services in their local labor market.  


The Four Steps to an Employer Relationship

July 15, 2014

1:00-2:30 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

Get in the Picture

March 25, 2014

3:30-4:30 PM ET

Participants will learn about the youth experience and role in transition; the power of authentic youth engagement, self-determination and leadership in transition; and ideas for how to best support youth in the transition process.


Maintaining Employment through Economic Advancement Strategies

March 26, 2014

3:00-4:30 PM ET

Learn how to integrate economic advancement strategies into return-to-work services in order to enhance employment stability and improve time on the job.


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

March 26, 2014

3:00-4:30 PM ET

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


Disability Status Report Webinar

April 1, 2014

1:00-2:00 PM ET

This presentation will explore the Census Bureau's December 2013 release of data from the 2012 American Community Survey related to disability and employment, education, poverty, household income and labor earnings.


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.


The Role "Credit" plays in the Employment of People with Disabilities

April 8, 2014

3:00-4:30 PM ET           

This webinar will provide workforce development professionals and Disability Employment Initiative grantees with information on the role that credit plays in the employment of people with disabilities.  


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

April 8-9, 2014

Bethesda, Maryland  

The 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. 


College Experience Options for Students with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities

April 10, 2014

12:00-1:00 PM ET

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

This webinar will describe the national movement on inclusive post-secondary education including information about ThinkCollege.


A Piece of the Financial Pie: Breaking the Poverty Cycle through Benefits Counseling, Financial Literacy and Asset Development for Individuals with Disabilities

April 30, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

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

This webinar will provide evidence of the justified need for rehabilitation and developmental disability service providers to address financial literacy, asset development and benefits counseling to break the cycle of poverty often faced by persons with disabilities attempting to become fully integrated in society.


Crucial Components of Effective Transition Programs: 10 (actually 17!) "Things" Every Transition Program Should Have

May 8, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

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

This webinar will overview the 17 evidence-based predictors of post-school success from the correlational literature, focusing on those predictors most relevant transition planning for students with intellectual disabilities as they prepare for integrated employment.


Assistive Technology to Support the Independence of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism in Employment Settings

May 14, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

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

Participants will be provided with strategies for determining appropriate AT based on the needs of the employee, the employment setting, and requirements of the job and will also be given an overview of various low to high tech AT supports that can be used to support and promote independence of learners.


Raising Student Knowledge and Skill about Transportation Options to Improve the Successful Transition to Post School Settings

June 5, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

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

This webinar will introduce attendees to community mobility management systems that serve as an additional resource for people with disabilities in accessing reliable transportation.    


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. 


Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Conference and pepnet 2 Training Institute
July 14-19, 2014
Sacramento, California

The AHEAD conference, "Access Always, in All Ways", features foundational and advanced training in disability law, civil rights, disability services management, access technologies, student services, and more. The pepnet 2 Training Institute offers more than 30 sessions, reflecting research and best practices in the design and delivery of state-of-the-art educational opportunities for deaf or hard of hearing students.  


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

Integrating Research into VR Practice is a self-paced training module for practitioners. The module offers an overview of four steps to integrate evidenced-based practice into VR practice:

(1) Formulate well-defined, answerable questions

(2) Seek the best evidence available to answer your questions

(3) Critically evaluate the evidence

(4) Apply the evidence to your individual consumer.


Visual artists with disabilities may benefit from listening to the recorded webinar Online Media and Marketing for Visual Artists with Disabilities. The session describes how artists can establish and grow an online presence through creating an online portfolio, making a great website, networking through social media, and more.


Welcome to the monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition! yellow-tulip-field.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.  
Hot off the Presses:



Every vocational rehabilitation counselor (VRC) has sat across from beneficiaries who are receiving Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI), or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and heard an erroneous
figure of what they could earn before losing benefits, or that they cannot work because of their benefits. Sometimes the individual making the statement should know better. But we all know there is an abundance of misinformation about the impact of earned income on SSI and SSDI. Even after beneficiaries have received accurate information from a benefits planner or CWIC they still do not believe that they can earn much money without losing their benefits. It is surprising and frustrating that the myths about working and social security benefits are still so strong and result in many beneficiaries remaining poor.  Download the strategies that can assist you in helping beneficiaries understand that they do not have to choose between benefits and a living wage. Download resources to learn what you can do to assist beneficiaries in understanding they can work and be financially better off.


  • Frame discussions about wages, career goals and benefits as broadly as possible.
    • Does this career goal(s) set the foundation for a financial future?
    • Let's think about how work incentives can augment your financial goal(s).
  • Use the SSI Calculator with the beneficiary. The calculator will show the beneficiary exactly the impact of earned income on SSI, and how work incentives can increase their monthly income.
  • Download and read the  SSA Redbook.
  • Learn the difference between SSI and SSDI.
  • Know what the work incentives are for SSI and SSDI.  
  • Have handouts available about each of the work incentives, Make sure the handouts are written in an easy to understand format. 
  • Find out what the beneficiary is afraid of losing. Show what can be protected with work incentives.
  • Have beneficiaries think about what benefits are essential to them and what can be replaced with employer benefits.
  • Think about how to integrate work incentives into vocational planning; show beneficiaries how much more they would live on with a work incentive.
  • Before referring a beneficiary for a benefits analysis, find out what are his or her immediate concern(s) about working and benefits. Help the beneficiary frame questions for the CWIC or benefits planner.  Be sure the CWIC or benefit planner answers those concern(s).
  • Review the information the CWIC or benefits planner provides with the beneficiary.
  • Realize that to break the cycle of misinformation any person needs to hear accurate information repeatedly.  This means introducing work incentives from the start of the rehabilitation process. During orientation beneficiaries should be introduced to the concepts that people are always better off by working and work incentives will help people have more money. This message should be repeated throughout the process.
  • When writing a plan help the beneficiary think of the pros and cons of earning over SGA:
    • Help the beneficiaries think about what would need to be in place for them to feel secure in earning above SGA.
    • Frame the conversation as a boarder discussion. How does this career goal(s) set the foundation for a financial future?  How can work incentives augment your goal(s)?


TACE News: 

TACE's 30-second Training Series is archived and available for on-demand viewing. The sessions address strategies to incorporate asset development into Vocational Rehabilitation counseling and guidance. Specific topics include:

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


Counselor Tips:

Use the SSI calculators on the TACE website to show clients who are on SSI what happens to their benefits when they return to work. Select the calculator for the work incentive(s) in question, such as Impairment Related Work Expense, PASS or Student Earned Income; enter the requested figures in the spreadsheet and let the calculator do the rest! Note that these are meant to illustrate the impact of earned income; they are not a replacement for benefits planning.


With income tax season upon us, now is the time to talk with your Vocational Rehabilitation clients about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. This credit is a great incentive for many of your clients who are struggling to make work pay.


The IRS released Where Taxpayers With Disabilities Can Find Online Help from the IRS [Video], a YouTube video that provides information about tax products and other IRS services offered to people with disabilities.


The Southeast TACE Asset Development Exchange offers several user-friendly tax resources to assist clients with their taxes.


Promise for the Future: A Compendium of Fact Sheets on Federal Programs for Transition-Age Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions [PDF] describes programs administered by the federal government that can help young people ages 14-30 transition to careers and independent living.


The March 2014 Disability Connection Newsletter features 10 Ways to Make a Smooth Transition to Adulthood.


The I'm Determined Transition Guide from the Virginia Department of Education Self-Determination Project suggests transition preparation activities students should undertake at different ages. The realms of Independent Living, Employment, Post-secondary Education and Training, and Self-determination are addressed in the guide.


 Employment Outcomes of Transition-Aged Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A State of the States Report by S.  Burgess and R.E. Cimera (American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 119(1), 64-83) reports findings of a study to evaluate the employment outcomes of transition-aged adults with autism spectrum disorders served by vocational rehabilitation services over the last 10 years by state. Although the number of young adults with ASD seeking VR services has increased, employment outcomes (percentage of adults working, number of hours worked, and wages earned) have not improved.


 "Just Having a Job"': Career Advancement for Low-Wage Workers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by L. Lindstrom, K.A. Hirano, C. McCarthy, and C.Y. Alverson (Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals,  online ahead of print) found that young people's employment opportunities seemed to be influenced by family advocacy and expectations, school-based work experiences, job development services, and work environments. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Transition from School to Adulthood for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder: What We Know and What We Need to Know by P. Wehman, C. Schall, S. Carr, P. Targett, M. West, and G. Cifu (Journal of Disability Policy Studies, online ahead of print) provides a critical review of the key aspects of the transition process and identifies recommendations for policy and practice. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Identifying a Transition Competency Domain Structure: Assisting Transition Planning Teams to Understand Roles and Responsibilities of Community Partners by A. Plotner, J. Trach, and K. Shogren (Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 26(2-3), 255-270) describes a transition competency domain model consisting of seven domains: (1) provide career planning and counseling, (2) provide career preparation experiences, (3) facilitate allocation of resources, (4) build and maintain collaborative partnerships, (5) promote nonprofessional support and relationships, (6) promote access and opportunity for student success, and (7) coordinate program improvement activities. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


The Office of Disability Employment Policy website describes ODEP's youth initiatives and provides links to transition-related resources.


March is national Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.


The Transition Special Education Distance Education Certificate Program at George Washington University invites candidates to apply for the Summer 2014 Transition Special Education Certificate Program. Students who have enrolled in this program will be given priority when being considered for admission to the Master's program and all credits earned will be easily transferred. Candidates who want to enroll in the Certificate Program for the summer semester should complete and submit the application and supporting documents by April 15th. For further information about the certificate and the application process or should you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Michael Ward, Program Coordinator, at


The "No Boundaries" public service announcements are now available online.


TASH is accepting presentation proposals for the 2014 Annual Conference, "Be the Future," in Washington, DC, December 3-5, 2014. Proposals are due by May 10, 2014.


Recorded archives of the ODEP and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Disability & Elderly Public Health Group Webinar Series on recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS are now available:


A fact sheet that combines the answers to key questions raised in both of these webinars will be available in the near future.



Read about Poppin' Joe's, a successful self-employment enterprise, on this month's DynaVox blog.


Q & A on Employment: Customized Employment for People with Physical Disabilities addresses a number of questions about customizing jobs for people with physical disabilities.


An Exploratory Study of the Elements of Successful Service Dog Partnerships in the Workplace by Margaret K. Glenn identifies 68 elements that stakeholders perceived and rated to be important or highly important to successful service dog partnerships in the workplace.


Promoting Integrated Employment: Lessons Learned from States' Efforts to Transform Their Employment Service Systems for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities "describes five states' efforts to increase integrated employment among individuals with IDDs, discusses barriers that have hindered states' progress toward expanding integrated employment outcomes, and highlights lessons learned that can help other states advance their efforts transforming their employment service systems."


EARN recently published brief guides on how to conduct a job analysis and write a job description.


Self-employment for Individuals with Disabilities is an archived webinar offering an overview of self-employment for individuals with a disability and tips on how to structure a home-based business.

National News: 

Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder [PDF] is now available from the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute spearheaded the project, screening 29,000 articles about autism spectrum disorders to locate the soundest research on interventions for children from birth to age 22. The report provides guidance for both parents and professionals.


The National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force [PDF] reports findings of a study documenting the employment situation of working-aged adults with intellectual disabilities across the country.


Research Report: Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services in Rural Areas by R. Goe and C. Ipsen presents findings from interviews with vocational rehabilitation counselors, supervisors, and administrators regarding rural transition service delivery.


Post-Secondary Education:

Inclusive Postsecondary Education: Reimagining the Transition Trajectories of Vocational Rehabilitation Clients with Intellectual Disabilities by K.K. Yamamoto, R. A. Stodden, and E. D.R. Folk (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(1), 59-71) highlights how one VR agency assumed a leading role in the transition of students with ID into PSE through participation in a model demonstration based around three evidence-based practices: interagency team processes, person- centered planning, and provision of essential PSE supports (educational coaches). (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)



Social Security:

 Earnings and Disability Program Participation of Youth Transition Demonstration Participants After 24 Months  by J. Hemmeter (Social Security Bulletin,  74(1), 1-25) evaluates employment and SSA disability program payment outcomes for young adults participating in SSA's Youth Transition Demonstration project. YTD participants received extra employment-related and other transition supports.



What You Need to Know about Assistive Technology but Didn't Know Who to Ask [Video] is an 80-minute archived presentation highlighting assistive and cognitive support technologies, resources to locate products and services, and the process for identifying the AT needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities. Individual slides from the presentation are also available.




The new VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities website provides information on training and resources including fact sheets, research briefs, examples of job accommodations, and a research database on topics related to employment of people with physical disabilities.


Workforce System Strategies  is a searchable website designed to share evidence-based research and tools with workforce practitioners.


Quality Mall is a website housing a wealth of free information about person-centered supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.


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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