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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.  


The Job Development Exchange (JDX) offers a variety of resources for vocational rehabilitation counselors and other job development professionals.  

Upcoming TACE Webinars

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

The Way to Work: Employment Success for Youth in Transition

May 6, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

To login, choose the "enter as guest" option and type your name. Dial 1-800-201-2375 and enter the participant code:  611914.


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.


Right on Time? Early Interventions and Initiatives for Promoting Employment

May 8, 2014
11:45 AM-1:30 PM ET

Join us for a disability policy forum, where a distinguished panel of speakers will discuss how timely VR service receipt affects the subsequent application to and receipt of SSDI and SSI.


Job Coaching and Workplace Supports

May 13-26, 2014

Cost: $159

This 2-week, 18-hour web training will cover Principles of Job Design; Job Training and Instructional Support; Natural Supports; and Social-Behavioral Support.


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 across a variety of jobs and skill sets.


Making the VR Connection!

May 15, 2014

1:00-4:00 PM ET

This webinar is designed to inform youth with disabilities, their family members, practitioners, VR counselors, educators, public and private sector agencies, and other stakeholders about the importance of collaboration to ensure a smooth transition process for students with disabilities as they exit school and prepare for post-school activities.


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 also introduce attendees to community mobility management systems that serve as an additional resource for people with disabilities in accessing reliable transportation. These free materials can be integrated in instructional content related to the common core standards and serve to build connections across education, transit, and human service organizations.


Work Based Learning Experiences and the Individualized Learning Plans

June 10, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

To login, choose the "enter as guest" option and type your name. Dial 1-800-201-2375 and enter the participant code:  611914.


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.


Work Based Learning and Fair Labor Standards Act

June 24, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

This webinar will provide an in-depth training on the federal guidelines that must be used to establish the understandings between employer, school, family and student.  To login to the webinar, choose the "enter as guest" option and type your name. Dial 1-800-201-2375 and enter the participant code:  611914.


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 new ways of thinking about all of these. 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
The video and presentation slides from the April session of CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds,


The 2013 EARN webinar archives are posted and available for viewing. Topics include Home Again and Back to Work: The Employment of Veterans with Disabilities, Disclosing Disability: What You Need to Know, and more.


little-purple-flower.jpg Welcome to the monthly electronic Southeast TACE Talks Transition! We've gathered transition-related information from across the country to help you guide the young people you serve successfully into adulthood. 


TACE News:

VR Partnerships and Programs: Making a Difference for Jobseekers with Disabilities in the Southeast

To promote replication of effective VR practices, SE TACE is highlighting VR partnerships with providers/programs in the region that have had measurable impact on employment outcomes for VR-referred adults and youth, especially those with the most significant disabilities. We are interested in how these partnerships work, what makes them effective and innovative, and how they contribute to improved outcomes. If you have a promising practice that meets these criteria, please submit written responses to the following questions. We will be in contact with you and your partners to compile a narrative for dissemination to SE TACE audiences.


Partnership Questions: Please respond to the below questions regarding your partnership with VR. If applicable, you may also attach a summary description of the innovative program or service you are highlighting (up to one page in length).


Nature of partnership or working relationship with the state VR agency:

  • Describe the features of the partnership that make your program effective or innovative.
  • How and when was the connection with VR made? How is it maintained?
  • Who at VR is the connection with?
  • Are other agencies involved in the partnership? If so, what agencies?
  • How does the partnership work? Please describe processes, practices, funding relationships, etc.
  • What is the geographic reach of the partnership?
  • What are your reporting relationships with VR and other partners?
  • Are there other strengths of the partnership or program that would be helpful to those interested in replicating this model?
  • What challenges have you encountered and how were they overcome?
  • What lessons would you like to share with those interested in replication?

Outcomes/Impact for VR-referred jobseekers:

  • How many VR-referred jobseekers have been placed in jobs as a result of this partnership? How many are individuals with most significant disabilities?
  • What is the average rate of retention for these jobseekers?
  • What types of jobs are being filled as a result of this partnership, especially for individuals with the most significant disabilities?
  • What are the average hours worked and average wage for individuals placed, especially for those with most significant disabilities?
  • What businesses have been involved and are any of them federal contractors?
  • Please share any other outcomes/impacts attributable to this partnership.


Regional Spotlight:

Join professionals and advocates in the region for a one-day Regional Conference Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta, Georgia, entitled Promoting Self Determined Futures.  This regional conference is cosponsored by Southeast TACE and the Georgia DD Council. Participants will learn the philosophy and values that guide practice; successful transition self-directed planning; employment experiences during high school and post-secondary options that lead to employment; and roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder. Participants will also hear from a mother and daughter team about their transition experiences through high school and into the community, and from an attorney about alternatives to guardianship that increase self-determination and empower people with disabilities to exercise their legal capacity. Each workshop during the conference has specific objectives that allow participants to take principles and apply them immediately to their schools and communities. Please spread the word!


NC TASH will be hosting its annual Summer Retreat for Families on Secondary Transition June 19-20, 2014. During this time, NC TASH will be inviting experts in the field of secondary transition and adult services to lead breakout sessions on a variety of topics. In addition, there will be a TASH Night Out held which will allow parents and advocates to mix and mingle while enjoying a night of great food and entertainment. These events will provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to network and become involved in advocacy efforts in North Carolina. Lodging will be provided on the campus of Western Carolina University. For more information, please contact Kelly Kelley.


The OSU Nisonger Center E-Mentoring Curriculum includes an emphasis on electronic and face-to-face mentoring in addition to the creation of a Transition Portfolio through technology literacy, career, and reading instruction.


The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute posted five "research snapshots" addressing autism-related topics including Supporting Independence in Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and Equipping Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders for Adulthood: Promoting Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.


A Comprehensive Approach to Transition was produced by members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities to help people work together to support the self-determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life.


Does Providing Transition Services Early Enable Students with ASD to Achieve Better Vocational Outcomes as Adults? by R.E. Cimera, S. Burgess, and A. Wiley (Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 38(2), 88-93) reports study findings that individuals who received transition services by age 14 were significantly more likely to be employed than those who received transition services later (by age 16). They also appeared to earn more and cost less to serve. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)

Transition Services for Youth with Autism: A Systematic Review  identifies qualitative research that addressed elements of potential successful employment placements for individuals with ASD. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


The National Rehabilitation Education Conference will be held in Arlington, Virginia November 2-4, 2014. Proposals are due July 13, 2014.


The 2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research is now available. The summary includes the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's top twenty picks for the most significant studies in autism research in 2013.


Fact sheets and PowerPoint presentations from the April Disability Policy Seminar are now available.


Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future offers a variety of online worksheets to help users set financial goals, calculate net worth, estimate how much to save for retirement, develop a cash flow spending plan, and reduce debt.


The March issue of LEAD On!, the LEAD Center's quarterly e-newsletter, highlights news and innovations in employment, policy and economic advancement for adults with disabilities.


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.



Employment First Across the Nation: Progress on the Policy Front is a Policy Research Brief using an interactive online map to show how states are adopting Employment First policies.


Is Supported Employment a Good Investment for Taxpayers? Or Are Sheltered Workshops Cheaper to Operate? [PDF] summarizes the results of several recent studies that attempt to answer these questions.


Employing People with Autism is a Washington Post article about a Virginia Commonwealth University research study based on the Project SEARCH model.


5 Ways to Keep Your Home-Based Business Running Smoothly suggests basic rules for running a successful business from home.


The State of the Science of Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by D. Nord, R. Luecking, D. Mank, et al (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 51(5), 376-384) examines the literature on the effectiveness of the current employment support system, employment-specific interventions, and more. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Thousands of Disabled Oregon Workers Could Benefit from U.S. Settlement in Rhode Island describes legal efforts underway to move Oregonians with severe disabilities out of sheltered workshops and into the general workforce.


When Experience Pays: Paid vs. Unpaid Internships outlines the criteria that must be applied to unpaid internships under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


The U.S. Department of Justice reached an American with Disabilities Act Settlement Agreement with Rhode Island. In the agreement, the state committed to overhaul its system of sheltered workshops and day programs for people with disabilities.

National News: 

Working in the Community: The Status and Outcomes of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Integrated Employment [PDF], a National Core Indicators Data Brief, "describes the employment status of individuals supported by state ID/DD agencies and compares participating states in terms of proportions of service recipients in different types of community employment."


Individual Characteristics and Employment Outcomes among People with Disabilities: A Critical Review of the Literature presents an overview of the recent literature on employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities and how they vary by individual characteristics.


The American Association of People with Disabilities has released the 2013 Compendium on Disability Statistics.


The 6X15 Campaign, led by six national disability organizations, seeks to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015. Goals are in areas such as Transition, Employment, and Education.


Post-Secondary Education:

Online Learning for College Students with Disabilities serves as a guide to distance learning for students with disabilities. Learn how to work with disability services, employ assistive technology, evaluate online programs, and succeed in the virtual classroom.


The AJ Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UConn Health Center is seeking adults with autism [PDF] who are either current or past college students to participate in a study. The study will examine the experiences of college students with autism in order to identify novel ways to improve academic and social outcomes.


Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities addresses funds for post-secondary education, online colleges, job resources for graduates, and more.


Life at University with Asperger Syndrome: A Comparison of Student and Staff Perspectives by F. Knott and A. Taylor (International Journal of Inclusive Education, 18(4), 411-426) explores the challenges, barriers and supports to students' successful progress through one university. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)

Social Security:

Working at Home in the Ticket to Work Program is a guest blog written by Lisa Seeley, a Ticket to Work Program Participant.  



What Are Your Options to Pay for Assistive Devices? [PDF] covers a variety of funding resources, including public and private health insurance, non-profit organizations, clinical trials and more.


ScanDo! is an app currently in beta testing that will allow individuals with cognitive challenges to scan a QR code and receive simple video or text instructions.


Using Tablets to Reach Kids with Autismis a CNN Tech article that provides real-world examples of how tablets can be used as tools for kids with autism and other disabilities.


Autism Q&A: Introduction to Alternative and Augmentative Communication defines AAC and then explores questions such as, "What are the most common forms of AAC?" and "What are the pros and cons of each?"


The Spring 2014 AT Program News focuses on cultural accessibility, including Proloquo4Text in Spanish and other app options for non-English AAC.


The newly reorganized Youth to Work Coalition website houses resources organized across eight work-based learning experience categories: career exploration, job shadowing, job sampling, service learning, internships, apprenticeships, paid employment, and mentoring.  Within each category, resources are organized for the following audiences: schools, businesses, youth service professionals, families, and youth with disabilities.


The Autism Now website includes a page of job-related subjects such as employment research and reports, supported employment, transition planning for job opportunities, vocational rehabilitation and more.


The Virginia Department of Education has launched the Center on Transition Innovations website. The site is designed to be a centralized statewide resource for educators and other stakeholders in the transition of youth with disabilities.


State Employment First activities and initiatives can be tracked on the Association of People Supporting Employment First website.


Easter Seals Project Action is a federally funded training and technical assistance center cooperative agreement between Easter Seals, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration. Congress originally commissioned Easter Seals Project ACTION in 1988 as a research and demonstration project to improve access to public transportation for people with 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 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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