August 2014

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Monthly Transition Information from the Southeast TACE

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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 Training Events

Managing Stress and Feelings of Isolation Related to Job Development

August 28, 2014

1:00-2:30 PM ET

This webinar will explore the reasons why job developers leave those positions and techniques to manage and control those factors to improve the ability to retain employees in these key positions.

Upcoming Training Events

The State of Sheltered Workshop: Ways to Advocate and Get out

August 19, 2014

2:00-3:30 PM ET

This webinar will explore what the National Disability Rights Network has done to document the conditions of sheltered workshops. It will also discuss advocacy strategies for people in sheltered workshops and what they can do to find other opportunities.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: What's in it for People with Disabilities and the AUCD Network

August 20, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM ET

Join this webinar for an overview of the disability-related provisions in the new WIOA of 2014. This law reauthorizes, updates, and strengthens the Workforce Investment Act, including the creation of new supports and services for individuals with disabilities.


Ticket to Work: Finding and Keeping the Job That's Right for You

August 27, 2014

3:00-4:30 PM ET


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors' Use of Evidenced-Based Practices Involving Motivational Interviewing

September 4, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM ET

MI is a counseling approach that facilitates and engages the intrinsic motivation of the client to change behaviors. Evolved from experience in the treatment of problem drinking, MI has been applied in many sectors including VR. The webcast organizers do not mean to endorse MI as an appropriate approach for VR, but rather to explore how research has been conducted and applied, through training, to inform VR practices.


Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series (ACRE Certified)         

Sept. 8-Dec. 1, 2014

Cost: $325


Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism

Sept. 22-Nov. 3, 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.



Oct. 13-Nov. 17, 2014

Cost: $250


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.


2014 Think College Wisconsin Conference: Raising Expectations

October 17, 2014

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This conference is for everyone interested in post-secondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. Participants will hear from one of the founders of the national Think College movement and network with other colleges and school districts in various stages of planning and implementation of college initiatives.


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

Oct. 30-Dec. 11, 2014

Cost: $200.00

New popular technology gadgets such as the iPad/iTouch/iPhone, Kindle, and Droid present endless possibilities to positively impact people's lives. This course will provide an overview of each type of device and some of the applications most relevant to individuals with disabilities.


Real Work for Real Pay for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder       

Nov. 3-Dec.1, 2014

Cost: $150

This course will highlight the best practices that facilitate employment outcomes for individuals with ASD.


Transition Rocks

November 6- 8, 2014

Cleveland, Ohio

Attend the annual Division on Career Development and Transition International Conference and participate in strands such as transition assessment, cultural diversity, postsecondary education, employment, and community partnerships.

Other Learning Opportunities

Slides and materials are now available from the Job Accommodation Network's webcast Best Practices - Employment and Service Dogs: Perspectives from Assistance Dog Experts.


The archived webinar Customized Employment: Moving beyond the Basics is now available. Webinar presenters share valuable information and strategies to support your job placement efforts for a variety of job seekers.



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 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!  


Announcing the 7th Annual Summit - Performance Management in Vocational Rehabilitation! Join this year's summit September 8-9, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky. The event is hosted by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Kentucky Office for the Blind, Indiana Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, University of Kentucky Rehabilitation Counseling Program, TACE Regions 4 and 5, The Summit Group: Performance Management in Vocational Rehabilitation, and The Rehabilitation Program Evaluation Network (RPEN). Registrations are due by August 29, 2014.



Does Providing Transition Services by Age 14 Produce Better Vocational Outcomes for Students With Intellectual Disability? by R. E. Cimera, S. Burgess, and P.L. Bedesem (Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 39(1), 47-54) reports study findings that youth from states where transition is required to be addressed in the IEP by age 14 were more likely to be employed by the time their cases were closed than their peers from states requiring transition services to be addressed by age 16. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Work-Based Learning Experiences Help Students with Disabilities Transition to Careers: A Case Study of University of Washington Projects by S. Bellman, S. Burgstahler, and R. Ladner (Work, 48(3), 399-405) reports study findings that students who participate in work-based learning opportunities show "increased employment success, motivation to work toward a career, knowledge about careers and the workplace, job-related skills, ability to work with supervisors and coworkers, skills in self-advocating for accommodations, and perceived career options." (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Transition of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Youth with Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities by G. Greene (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(3), 239-245) "reviews the literature on transition outcomes of youth with disabilities who are White, Hispanic, and African American and provides information about how to provide quality transition services to youth with disabilities who are from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds." (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)



The 2014 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is now available. The report ranks states on child well-being in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community.


The October 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month poster and toolkit are now available online and to order in hard copy format. This year's theme is "Expect. Employ. Empower."


Registration is now open for the 2014 TASH Conference, Be the Future. The event will be held December 3-5, 2014, in Washington, DC. For more than 38 years, the TASH Conference has impacted the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders in the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life.


United Cerebral Palsy recently issued Ten Commandments of Etiquette for Communicating with People with Disabilities. The guidelines offer a quick introduction for those who might not be familiar with disability etiquette.


Bringing Fidelity to Customized Employment Processes [PDF] by Cary Griffin of Griffin-Hammis Associates introduces and describes a process flow chart, or logic model, that "represents an attempt at bringing some fidelity to the CE process as it evolves as an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)."


Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity [PDF] is a report that details findings from a review of federal job training programs and highlights successful job-driven strategies.


The South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative produced Disability Disclosure [Video], a video featuring personal testimonies from South Dakotans with disabilities on their choices about whether or not to disclose their disabilities in employment, education and social settings.


Cyber Disclosure for Youth with Disabilities, a supplement to The 411 on Disability Disclosure, offers suggestions to youth about how to make decisions about and manage disability disclosure online.


The slides from Personal and Environmental Factors that Support and Encourage Innovation and Best Practices that Lead to Employment Outcomes in Public Rehabilitation [PDF], presented at the RRTC-EBP VR State-of-the Science Conference in April, are now available to download and review.


The archived webinar Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead & State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities [Video] is now available for download and review.


Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success [PDF], a new EARN report, strives to address the concerns of small business leaders about hiring people with disabilities.


The latest Job Accommodation Network (JAN) ENews includes articles about online application systems, personal assistive devices at work, accommodating social anxiety disorder, and more.


Employment Supports for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Two Case Studies by W. Ham, McDonough, A. Molinelli, C. Schall, and P. Wehman (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(2), 117-124) describes the successful transition to employment of two young people with ASD. "Their supports included consultation with a positive behavior support facilitator, the implementation of a multi-component behavior intervention plan, and the implementation of supervisor and co-worker training in the implementation of the plan." (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


In Utilizing Assistive Dogs in Integrated Employment Settings: Multidisciplinary Elements to Consider for Individuals with ASD by D.A.G. Groomes, A. Clemons, S. Hulme, K. Kort, and G. Mesibov (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(2), 165-173), the authors discuss the value that assistive dogs deliver in terms of employment supports for individuals with ASD. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


TransCen, Inc.'s WorkLink Program: A New Day for Day Services by S. Murphy, E. Easterbrook, S. Bendetson, and S. Lieberman (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(2), 125-130) describes an innovative approach to braid services to promote employment and support customized job placement for people with more significant intellectual disabilities. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


National News: 

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law. The bipartisan bill makes sweeping changes to disability programs authorized under the Rehabilitation Act and the Assistive Technology Act. Examples of changes include:

  • Strengthened policies governing the transition from school to work for students with disabilities, including limiting sheltered workshop eligibility and directing 15% of Vocational Rehabilitation funding toward assisting youth transitioning into the workforce;
  • The transfer of the Independent Living programs, the National Institute on Disability and Independent Living Rehabilitation Research, and the Assistive Technology Act programs from the Department of Education to the Administration for Community Living; and
  • Creation of an Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014 or the Autism CARES Act (S. 2449) has been sent to the President for his signature. The bill reauthorizes the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (as amended by the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011) for five years.


On July 23, the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight held a hearing on the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (S. 313/H.R. 647). The Act would create tax preferred savings accounts for people with disabilities that would not affect their eligibility for the Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid programs.


The Institute for Community Inclusion's National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes 2013 [PDF] provides statistics over a 25-year period from several national datasets. The report is divided into three major sections:

  • A comprehensive overview that describes national trends in employment for people with IDD.
  • A topical chapter that presents a state-by-state description of employment and non-work service participation of people with IDD as reported by community rehabilitation providers.
  • An appendix with individual state profiles and a national profile.

Post-Secondary Education:

More Colleges Expanding Programs for Students on Autism Spectrum briefly highlights the differences between several postsecondary education programs serving students with ASD.


In Their Own Words: The Career Planning Experiences of College Students with ASD by L.W. Briel and E.E. Getzel (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(3), 195-202) reports that the students with ASD interviewed for the study said they needed more experiential learning opportunities such as informational interviews, job shadowing or mentoring opportunities, internships, and/or work experience. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Learning and Assistive Technologies for College Transition by S.B. Asselin (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(3), 223-230) examines the impact of assistive technology for students with disabilities who transition from high school to postsecondary education. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Social Security:


The AT Act Data Brief [PDF] provides a national summary of State Assistive Technology Programs' fiscal year 2013 data, including five-year trend data for core activities and AT program success stories. 


The Transitions RTC website offers a number of tip sheets and briefs on employment, education, living skills and more.


DelAWARE DisABILITIES HUB provides resources for youth and young adults with special needs and disabilities, as well as those who support them, during the transition years to help them reach their full potential. Although the website is geared toward those living in Delaware, much of the information is applicable nationwide.


The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMass Medical School redesigned their website to offer easier navigation. The site includes information about the center's current areas of IDD research, disability technology solutions, education and training programs, and more.


Mathematica redesigned their website to allow for more efficient locating of research, publications and other resources.


TASH has launched a new website, which will soon include a resource library. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates. features information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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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