TACE Talks Transition (TTT) E-Newsletter

Announcement - August 2010

Check out this sneak peek at the monthly Southeast TACE Talks Transition (TTT) E-Newsletter debuting in September 2010. In two easy-to-read pages, you will find the latest information about transition, employment for people with disabilities, and relevant legislation. We’ll also highlight upcoming training sessions and introduce you to exciting new web sites.

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Quick Preview of What You Can Expect each Month:

Counselor Tips:

Research has shown that quality work experiences can be invaluable as students prepare to transition into the adult world. But what elements should a quality work experience program possess? According to Marc Gold and Associates and Employment For All, the program should expose youth to work; build their repertoire of specific employment tasks and general work skills; offer students a variety of experiences that represent the local job market; provide specific information about students in regard to their interests, support needs, strongest skills, and most ideal working conditions; and offer an individualized progression of experiences that results in a paid job prior to or upon graduation that is well matched to a student in terms of their ideal employment conditions, interests, and contributions. Read more about the “progression of experiences” in next month’s news blast.

Transition Innovation:

The Alabama State Department of Education has posted the Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide 2010 to their web site. This guide provides invaluable information to students, parents, and school personnel as they navigate the transition planning process.
Source: http://www.alsde.edu/text/sections/documents.asp?section=65&sort=5&footer=sections

Employment:

“Customized Employment” is the latest innovative strategy to be used in working with youth with significant disabilities. What exactly does the term mean, and how does it differ from Supported Employment? According to the Department of Labor and Industry, Customized Employment begins with the premise that everyone can work and is based on a match between the strengths, needs, and interests of the job seeker, and the identified business needs of the employer. It creates a win-win situation for the employer and the employee. Customized begins from the same base and uses some of the same strategies as Supported Employment, but Customized always starts with the job seeker, not the employer or the job; initiates and assumes negotiation; generally includes representation of the job seeker; and is an option for anyone. To learn more, visit Customized Employment - Practical Solutions for Employment Success from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
Source: http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/custom/index.htm

Customized Employment Example:

From the Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) project –For dedicated service of raising and lowering the flag at school each day, Darnell was awarded a flag by Congressman Gene Taylor at the Harrison County Child Development Center awards day ceremony in May 2006. Darnell has proven to be a ‘MYTI’ asset to his employer and a ‘MYTI’ success to family, friends, and most of all to himself. Two other students from CDC have secured employment through the MYTI project due in part to Darnell’s success.” Read Darnell’s story from the MYTI website.
Source: http://www.marcgold.com/myti/darnell.html

Announcements:

The Arc is conducting an informational survey, Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports, to “capture the perceptions of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages, and their families, on issues concerning disability support needs across the life spectrum.”
Source: www.surveymonkey.com/s/thearcfinds2010

Legislation:

On July 26, 2010, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order that will establish the Federal Government as a model employer of individuals with disabilities. The order directs several federal agencies to design model recruitment and hiring strategies for agencies seeking to increase their employment of people with disabilities, as well as mandatory training programs for both human resources personnel and hiring managers on the employment of individuals with disabilities.
Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-increasing-federal-employment-individuals-with-disabilities

Upcoming TACE Topics:

The TACE Transition Work Experience webinar dates have been set. Mark your calendars for October 27, 2010 at 2:00 Eastern, November 12, 2010 at 11:00 Eastern, December 6, 2010 at 2:00 Eastern, January 20, 2011 at 2:00 Eastern, and February 10, 2011 at 2:00 Eastern. Watch for details in future issues of TACE Talks Transition!

Training Events:

Postsecondary Education (PSE) for People with Intellectual Disabilities Webinar Series
September 15, 22, 29, and October 6 and 13, 2010, 3:00-4:30 Eastern Time
Cost - $75/session, $337.50/series
Download Registration Form for PSE Webinar Series [PDF]
http://www.tash.org/dev/TashAdmin/PDF/Think%20College%20Session%20Description.pdf

Save the Dates! TASH Webinar Series on Discovery
September 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2010
Watch TACE Talks Transition for additional information and registration instructions.

ASDnet-Innovations in Autism Spectrum Disorders One-Day Conference
September 24, 2010
Location – Tampa, Florida
Cost - $75
http://card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu/ASDnet/ASDnet.asp

Individualized Supports Planning for Students with Intellectual Disability
September 27, 2010, 3:30-4:30 Eastern Time
Cost - None
http://www.aamr.org/IntellectualDisabilityBook/content_4670.cfm

“Honoring Our Past, Shaping Our Future” National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Conference
September 27-28, 2010
Location - Orlando, Florida
http://www.nacdd.org/meetings/annual-conference.aspx

Be sure to check your state’s TACE web page to learn about state and local resources .
http://tacesoutheast.org/resources.php.

Web Sites:

Virginia Commonwealth University has launched their new web site for middle school students with disabilities. The interactive site welcomes visitors to a cybercommunity in which they can explore things they are good at, find out more about the things they really like to do, and think about the things that are really important to them. The site includes pages where parents can learn more about helping their daughters and sons prepare for the transition from high school.
Source: , http://www.alife4me.com/

The National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth recently announced that their interactive, youth-friendly site is up and running -- find news, announcements, funding opportunities, disability history quizzes, and more!
Source: http://www.ncld-youth.inf

About the Southeast TACE Talks Transition (TTT) E-Newsletter:

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.

The 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.

Meet the Southeast TACE staff (select the person’s name for a bio):
Chip Kenney, Project Director & Principal Investigator
Jill Houghton, Deputy Director
Steffany Stevens, Training Coordinator & Administrative Specialist
Norciva (Civa) Shumpert, TACE Transition Consultant

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 Transition Email List or the monthly Southeast TACE Talks Transition (TTT) E-Newsletter, please contact Kim Brown at brown@ruralinstitute.umt.edu.