June 2014

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Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE

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 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

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 JDX listserv to network with job developers in the Southeast and engage in dialogue with a national expert for guidance on this topic.


Managing Stress and Feelings of Isolation Related to Job Development

August 7, 2014

1:00-2:30 PM ET

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 JDX listserv to network with job developers in the Southeast and engage in dialogue with a national expert for guidance on this topic.


Upcoming Training Events

Does Service System Collaboration Improve Student Outcomes in Transition?

June 18, 2014

1:00-2:00 PM ET

The Center on Transition to Employment invites you to an informational webinar exploring the effect of service system collaboration on student outcomes in a statewide transition demonstration project. Researchers will discuss the different approaches to defining and measuring service system collaboration, and present the findings of a study assessing its impact on student vocational rehabilitation outcomes.


Work-Based Learning and Fair Labor Standards Act

June 24, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

Join this in-depth training on the federal guidelines that must be used to establish the understandings between employer, school, family and student.  Pre-registration is not required. To login, choose the "enter as guest" option and type your name. Have the system call you or call in (1-877-512-6886, participant code = 1454304088) if the system doesn't prompt to call you.


Getting from A to B: Connecting Individuals to Transportation Resources in Your Community

June 25, 2014

2:00-3:30 PM ET

This session will cover the family of transportation services including ADA paratransit, dial-a-ride, and private, human service, veteran, and medical providers, as well as voucher networks.


Ticket to Work: Free Support Services for Young Adults in Transition

June 25, 2014

3:00-4:30 PM ET


Strengths and Challenges: Examining the Unique Needs of Individuals with Angelman Syndrome

June 26, 2014

1:00-2:00 PM ET

Cost: Free for TASH Members/$70 Non-members

The webinar will focus on specific strategies that parents and families have found to be effective across a wide variety of activities, school placements and settings.


Self Determination: Past, Present, Future

June 26, 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.


Customized Employment

July 7-August 4, 2014

Cost: $125

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


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.



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.


Job Development

August 4-September 1, 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.


National Pathways to Adulthood 2014: A Convening on Youth in Transition

August 6-8, 2014

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The convening will present innovative practices, highlight successful public and private collaborations assisting youth in transitioning to adulthood, showcase strategies involving youth and family members/caring adults, and provide cross-system networking opportunities.


14th Annual Autism Conference: Autism - Advances in Research and Services
October 16-17, 2014

Baltimore, Maryland
Join the premier educational autism event in the area for educators, clinicians, families, researchers and healthcare professionals.   


Other Learning Opportunities

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Flash Training Series offers brief (five minutes or less) recorded lessons covering specific WIA Youth program topics. Topics so far include: Finding Financial Aid Resources; Finding Federally-Funded Youth Programs; Participant Exit; The 10 WIA Youth Program Elements; Waivers Supporting Youth Services;     What's My Next Move; Workforce Investment Act Youth Councils; and Youth Common Measures.


yellow-tulip-field.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:

In case you missed them last month - Work Incentives Information Sheets for Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals!

Many VR clients are concerned about losing their benefits if they go to work. There are a number of "work incentives" programs or rules that minimize the risk of losing benefits and make employment the better choice. They provide financial incentives for working or they allow the individual to save money without impacting benefits. Work incentives are available through the Social Security Administration, housing authorities and some community services. These information sheets provide information vocational rehabilitation counselors and their clients can use to make the most of work incentives.


Fact sheets currently posted include:

Impact of Work on SSI [PDF]

1619b Continuation of Medicaid [PDF]

Impact of Work on SSDI [PDF]

Impact of Work for Beneficiaries Who Are Blind [PDF]

Student Earned Income Exclusion 2014 [PDF]

Individual Development Accounts 2014 [PDF]



Non-AFI IDAs and SSI [PDF]

PASS Fact Sheet [PDF]

Counselor Tips on When to Contact a Benefits Planner [PDF]


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 contact us. We have a series of partnership questions to which you will be asked to submit written responses.


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 Youth Transition Handbook [PDF] from the Washington Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is a technical assistance tool for transition planning with high school students moving into employment.


Disability Scoop recently shared the article For Those with Autism, Hospitals May Be Ideal Training Ground. The author briefly describes Project SEARCH as it is being implemented in Virginia and studied by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. Project SEARCH offers intensive, specialized, on-the-job training in hospital jobs.


What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? [PDF] offers young adults guidance on career exploration including steps to take, questions to consider, how to match jobs to personal interests and abilities, ways to research careers, and resources for gathering additional information.


Bridging the Gap: A Comparative Assessment of Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Practices with Transition-Age Youth [PDF], by Mathematica researchers Todd Honeycutt, Maura Bardos, and Stephanie McLeod, presents an analysis of agency characteristics that promote positive employment outcomes for transition-age youth.


The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy launched an online Interactive Policy Map and brief, Individualized Learning Plans Across the U.S. [PDF], to summarize how individualized learning plans are being implemented nationwide.


Transition of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Youth with Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities by Gary Greene (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(3), 239-245) reviews the transition literature discussing challenges faced by culturally and linguistically diverse families and youth with disabilities. Practical suggestions are offered on how to engage in more culturally responsive transition assessment, planning, and educational programming with these young adults. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)



Presentations from the April 2014 State-of-the-Science Conference: Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap are now available online.


The Office of Disability Employment Policy recently issued the Employer Engagement Strategy: Workforce Inclusion [PDF] white paper, which presents a new employer outreach approach to encourage private employers to hire more people with disabilities.


The May 2014 LEAD Center Policy Update - Employment, Health Care and Disability is now available. This issue includes articles on the new CMS regulations and guidance, an ODEP alliance on health care and transition to adulthood, and much more.



Generating Integrated Work Sites for Individuals with Significant Intellectual Disabilities by Lou Brown and Kim Kessler (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(2), 85-97) discusses an eight-step sequence that may be used to arrange access to integrated work sites for individuals with significant intellectual disabilities. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Trends in Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Outcomes of Youth with Autism: 2006-2010 by A. Migliore, J. Butterworth, and A. Zalewska (Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 57(2), 80-89)
investigates the trends in VR services and employment outcomes of youth with autism. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Social Enterprise Businesses: A Strategy for Creating Good Jobs for People with Disabilities by Elaine E. Katz (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(2), 137-142) describes two models of social enterprise businesses that employ people with disabilities in integrated settings earning market-driven pay rates. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Effective Training for Employment Consultants: Job Development and Support Strategies is an Institute for Community Inclusion Institute Brief describing the key elements of an approach designed to improve job development practices.


The VCU-RRTC factsheet Q & A on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace addresses such questions as, "What types of personal assistance services might a person with a physical disability need in the workplace?" and "Are there other resources that can offset the costs of personal assistance services?"


Teleworkers with Disabilities: Characteristics and Accommodation Use by Maureen Linden and Karen Milchus (Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 47(4), 473-483) concludes that the primary benefit of teleworking as an accommodation for people with disabilities involved in this study is that it reduces pain and fatigue-related barriers to traditional employment. However the study also found relatively low satisfaction with telework, suggesting that other barriers must be considered if this is to be a viable and successful employment accommodation. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Employment Outcomes for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders [PDF] by Ashleigh Hillier and Monica Galizzi (The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, (10)1&2, 69-82) reports the findings of a study investigating employment outcomes among young adults with ASD. Although the young adults reported high job satisfaction and job retention, most were working in low-paid, part-time positions. Parents who were surveyed as part of the study reported numerous barriers to their daughters/sons finding and maintaining employment. The article raises a number of important considerations for those charged with supporting youth with ASD to transition into the work world.


Employability Skills for Entry-Level Employees with and without Disabilities: A Comparison between the Perspectives of Educators and Employers by Song Ju, Jackie Pacha, Kayce Moore, and Dalun Zhang (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(3), 203-212) examines educators' and employers' perspectives on general employability skills for individuals with and without disabilities, and discusses implications for school. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Employment Outcomes of Transition-aged Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A State of the States Report by Sloan Burgess and Robert E. Cimera (American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - AJIDD, 119(1), 64-83) evaluates the state-by-state employment outcomes of transition-aged adults with autism spectrum disorders served by VR over the last 10 years. Implications for practice are discussed. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Work and Desire to Work among Medicaid Home and Community-based Services Beneficiaries [PDF] examines the characteristics of the working-age population among non-elderly disabled Medicaid beneficiaries receiving home and community-based services and identifies barriers to employment.


National News: 

RSA-TAC-14-03 [PDF] from the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, offers guidance around "Transition Planning and Services Provided through the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program." The circular addresses "(1) the effective collaboration between VR agencies and State educational agencies (SEA) for the provision of transition services; (2) the VR process as it relates to referral and application for services, the determination of eligibility, and the development of the individualized plan for employment ( IPE); and (3) the services that may be provided through the VR program." 


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is asking for public comments as it prepares to revise its regulations on federal employment of people with disabilities.

  • What barriers do individuals with disabilities face in the federal recruitment and hiring process?
  • What kinds of regulatory requirements, other than the existing requirement not to discriminate based on disability, might effectively address these barriers?
  • Are there any policies or practices related to retention, inclusion, and advancement of federal employees with disabilities, other than policies and practices that are already required by EEOC regulations, that a federal agency should be required to adopt to become a model employer of individuals with disabilities?

Comments are due by July 14, 2014.


The 6by15 campaign aims to mark 40 years of IDEA and 25 years of the ADA by achieving six national goals by the end of 2015. The goals are in the following areas: Employment, Community Living, Education, Transition, Healthy Living, and Early Childhood. 


Post-Secondary Education:

Think College LEARN online self-paced learning modules use videos, publications, interactive learning activities and podcasts to share information related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. Topics addressed in the modules include: Coaching and Mentoring; Comprehensive Transition Programs; For Families; Universal Design for Learning; and Job Development.


Rethinking College, a 25-minute documentary from Think College!, shows how colleges and universities can provide a setting for all students to build toward better futures.


Farther, Faster: Six Promising Programs Show How Career Pathway Bridges Help Basic Skills Students Earn Credentials that Matter [PDF] highlights six promising programs that show how career pathway bridges can help students move more quickly along college and career paths.


The archive of the College & Career Readiness Success Center: Predictors of Postsecondary Success webinar held on June 2, 2014 is now available. This webinar builds upon the brief, Predictors of Postsecondary Success, which summarizes research that identifies student skills, behaviors, and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success.


How Ready Are Postsecondary Institutions for Students Who Are d/Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing? discusses characteristics of colleges and universities that display high readiness for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.


A State Comparison of Vocational Rehabilitation Support of Youth with Intellectual Disabilities' Participation in Postsecondary Education by Meg Grigal, Alberto Migliore, and Debra Hart (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(3), 185-194) examines the role of VR in promoting postsecondary education participation for individuals with intellectual disabilities. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a national resource to facilitate and promote the use of accessible technology in the hiring, employment, retention, and career advancement of individuals with disabilities.


A Virtual Personal Assistant: Technological Innovation and Individualized Supports [PDF] is a brief case study about a woman with a mild traumatic brain injury who uses the services of a "virtual personal assistant" to provide the individualized supports she needs.


Google Glass Offers Disabled People Access to a Bigger World describes some of the ways people are using Google Glass and various apps to transform their lives. 


Mobility International USA launched their new website filled with resources related to global travel and educational exchanges for people with disabilities.


The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes among Individuals with Disabilities recently launched a new website featuring research findings, tools and resources.


The newly reorganized Youth to Work Coalition website houses toolkits, guides and other resources that link employers and schools to create work-based learning experiences for students with disabilities.


LearnHowToBecome.org offers job seekers in-depth career information and guidance. 

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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