September 2014

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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 Training Events

Do Ask, Do Tell: Creating a Disability-Inclusive Workplace, Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify

September 22, 2014

12:00-1:00 PM ET

Learn how employers can build an inclusive workplace where employees feel safe disclosing that they have a disability, while also meeting the new federal requirements for government contractors.


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.


CILs and AJCs: Strategic Partnerships that Lead to Better Employment and Economic Advancement Outcomes

September 24, 2014

3:00-4:30 PM ET

Join this webinar to learn about findings and tools from a LEAD Center Demonstration Project.


VR Employment Patterns: Wage Variations    

September 25, 2014

12:00-1:00 PM ET

This webinar describes VR clients' educational attainment by patterns of employment closure, wage variation between occupation groups, and wage differences according to clients' characteristics.


Android Is Accessible. Really.

September 25, 2014

2:00-3:30 PM ET

This presentation discusses the level of accessibility available on Android to people who are blind or have low vision.


Powering Up Your Employment Potential through Accessible Technology: What People with Disabilities Need to Know

September 26, 2014

1:00-2:30 PM ET

Learn how to effectively advocate for the adoption and promotion of accessible technology and why accessibility matters in the workplace.


Reasonable Accommodations and Youth Transitions to Employment

September 30, 2014

11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

This webinar will provide basic information on youth transitions to employment, including reasonable accommodations in the employment process, definition of disability, and when and how to disclose about a disability.


Collaborations: The Building Blocks of Evidence-based Practice Conference

October 2-3, 2014

Flagstaff, Arizona

The Evidence-based Practice in Disability Disciplines Conference supplies professionals who work with individuals with disabilities the resources they need to effectively implement evidence-based practice.



Oct. 13-Nov. 17, 2014

Cost: $250


Service Animals and You

October 15, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM ET 

This webinar, intended for consumers, will explore the importance of service animals and how they impact and affect a person's health and overall well-being.


Using Principles of Discovery and Career Enhancement

October 15-28, 2014

Cost: $159

This web training focuses on developing career paths through innovative vocational assessment, career development skills, and vocational profiling for youth and adults with disabilities.


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

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.


The New HCBS Rule: Employment/Day Guidance

October 21, 2014

1:00-2:30 PM ET

As CMS articulates a new standard for what will and will not constitute Home and Community Based Services, advocates and policymakers are paying close attention to the implication for day and employment services. Join us to learn more about the potential impact and how to influence implementation relevant to employment and day services.   


Disability Disclosure: Supported Employment

October 27, 2014

11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

Nowhere is there more debate within supported employment than with the choice to disclose disability or not. It's a personal issue, and an essential consideration for job seekers and their support teams to consider.


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


Career Profiling - Supported Employment

November 10, 2014

11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

Join us as we delve deeper into the use of the career profile as a best-practice vocational tool.



November 19-21, 2014

Columbus, Ohio

OCALICON is a national conference and exhibition on autism, assistive technology, and low-incidence disabilities (including visual impairments, hearing impairments, traumatic brain injury, and more).


The 2014 State of the Art Conference Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

November 20-21, 2014

Fairfax, Virginia

The conference will provide an opportunity for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to discuss the current state of research and practice in the field.


Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation Collaboration: Supported Employment

December 1, 2014

11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

This session will highlight how SE programs and their local VR offices can collaborate. In addition, information regarding the larger statewide roll out of IPS-SE between VR and MH will be presented.


Be the Future: TASH Annual Conference

December 3-5, 2014

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.


Rural Job Development - Supported Employment

December 12, 2014

11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

This session will focus on approaching job development with an eye toward social capital, economic development and even self-employment as an option.


Other Learning Opportunities

The archived webinar Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: What's in It for People with Disabilities and AUCD Network is now available. The webinar highlights the job training improvements for people with disabilities in the new law and how the AUCD network can be involved.


The Workforce Investment Act Youth Flash Training Series offers brief (five minutes or less) trainings on a variety of youth-focused topics such as Helping Youth with Criminal Convictions Find Money for College and Paid vs. Unpaid Internships.



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. 



Regional Spotlight:

Kentucky Office for the Blind's Experience with the Career Centers Webinar

October 1, 2014

2:00-3:00 PM ET

Since May 2010, the Kentucky Department for Workforce Investment, which is comprised of the Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Office of Employment and Training, have been working towards a more unified and collaborative approach to the delivery of workforce development services. Kentucky Office for the Blind has had to adapt to the new business services framework. This presentation will describe where we have been, where we are now, and where we hope to go as a result of the RTAC project.


On Friday, October 10th NCTASH will host a two-part meeting on the Western Carolina University campus open to all persons who are interested in discussing current issues in North Carolina related to the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


The NIDRR-funded project on Defining Success: Web-Based Transition Training for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is seeking parents of children with TBI to participate in a study assessing the effectiveness of a web-based intervention for youth with TBI transitioning from school. Qualifying participants will take a short online survey before and after visiting the Transition Web website over two months, after which they will receive $75 in compensation. For more information, email


Public VR: The Go-To Organization for Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities is the first part of a discussion around vocational rehabilitation and transition services to youth and young adults.


Employment Social Skills: What Skills Are Really Valued? by M. Agran, C. Hughes, C.A. Thoma, and L.A. Scott (Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals) reports the findings of study that asked a national sample of secondary teachers to rate the importance of social skills in employment settings and the extent to which these skills were being taught. Skills rated as most important included:

  • Seeking clarification for unclear instructions
  • Arriving at work on time
  • Refraining from inappropriate touching of others
  • Carrying out instructions needing immediate attention
  • Notifying a supervisor when assistance is needed
  • Responding appropriately to critical feedback
  • Interacting well with customers/clients

(Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Effect of Supported Employment on Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Case Control Study by P. Wehman, F. Chan, N. Ditchman, and H.J. Kang (Survey Methodology) reports study findings suggesting that supported employment services enhance the vocational rehabilitation outcomes of young adults. (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? [PDF] guides young adults through the process of researching a suitable career field.


Looking for a way to explain to families, clients and other professionals what Rehabilitation Counselors do? Try showing The Art of Rehabilitation Counseling [Video], a video exploring the qualifications and abilities of rehabilitation counselors.


October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy offers an online Resource Toolbox to help your office plan events and activities for NDEAM.


The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking nominations for the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities [PDF]. The committee, mandated by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, will prepare recommendations for the Secretary of Labor on (1) ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive, integrated employment; (2) use of the certificate program for subminimum wages; and (3) ways to improve oversight of the use of such certificates. Nominations must be submitted by October 14, 2014.


An Empowerment Model of Entrepreneurship for People with Disabilities in the United States by F.E. Balcazar, J. Kuchak, S. Dimpfl, V. Sariepella, and F. Alvarado (Psychosocial Intervention/Intervencion Psicosocial, 23(2), 145-150) uses case studies to describe the impact of an entrepreneurship program on the lives of the entrepreneurs who have participated thus far.


A special issue of the Journal of Vocation Rehabilitation has been made available online. The issue contains the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) 2013 Conference Proceedings. Learn about current practices from Europe and around the world to assist people with disabilities to find and maintain employment.


Getting the Most out of Vocational Rehabilitation [PDF] is an easy-to-understand guide for young adults.


Evidence-based Best Practices in the Public Vocational Rehabilitation Program that Lead to Employment Outcomes, a special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, is available online at no cost.


Multiple Case Studies on Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery Practices provides an analysis of the best practice policies, procedures, practices, and structural elements that lead to successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.


Separation from Supported Employment: A Retrospective Chart Review Study (Disability and Rehabilitation) reports that in this study, the largest number of separations from supported employment were due to termination, resignation, and mutual consent of the employer and employee. Common issues leading to separation included "poor work performance, attendance and punctuality problems, conflicts with the supervisor, and social and behavioral issues." (Article abstract is free; the full text version may require a subscription or purchase.)


Are You Employable?, a guest post on, summarizes a number of qualities and attributes employers need from their employees, including desire, commitment, reliability and more.


The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched The Young Entrepreneurs Essential Guide to Starting a Business, an online course which introduces young entrepreneurs to the basics of creating and financing a successful business.

National News: 

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network recently published a resource for employers on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The brief WIOA overview includes links to additional information on the Department of Labor and Department of Education websites.


WIA is Now WIOA: What the New Bill Means for People with Disabilities [PDF] provides a brief overview of the disability-related provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for policymakers, federal and state agency personnel, service providers, and educators.


Two new videos have been posted to the website. The Promise of Olmstead:  15 Years Later features images and live interviews from disability rights advocates, including Sue Jamieson, the lead attorney in the Olmstead case, and people with disabilities who live independently and fully participate in their communities. Voices from the Olmstead Decision features video clips submitted by individuals with disabilities, their family members, and other stakeholders from across the nation whose lives have been positively impacted by Olmstead's promise of community integration.


StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes 2013 [PDF] is now available online. The report provides state and national-level employment statistics for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities over a 25-year period.
Post-Secondary Education:

The College & Career Readiness and Success Organizer provides a consolidated visual representation of the elements that impact a learner's ability to succeed in college and careers.

Social Security:

The National Disability Institute has produced the Wage Reporting Fact Sheet for SSA Disability Beneficiaries [PDF]. The two-page fact sheet describes when and how to report wages, and how the wages are counted.


As part of the agency's long-range planning process, the Social Security Administration seeks ideas, opinions and feedback about how SSA should serve America in 2025. To submit comments for "Vision 2025", visit and click "Submit New Idea" on the left side of the page. If you haven't used before, you will have to register a new account. The deadline for comments is October 1, 2014.


Mobile Technology for Special Education: It's More Than Apps discusses mobile devices such as iPads, iPods and iPhones, as well as educational apps that can be used with the devices. The article includes rubrics for evaluating specific apps.


Apple's iPhone Is at the Center of Another Major Revolution describes several innovative uses of the iPhone as an assistive device for people with disabilities.


The AbleData database of assistive technology classifies almost 40,000 products by each product's intended function or any special features it possesses.


The Explore VR website provides access to the latest research on the public VR system. Visitors can also download the latest VR data or request a customized analysis.

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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Meet the Southeast TACE Transition Team
Chip Kenney, Project Director & Principal Investigator
Jill Houghton, Deputy Director
Norciva (Civa) Shumpert, TACE Transition Consultant
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