BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo's Region 2 Technical
Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center, housed under the
Graduate School of Education Center on Rehabilitation Synergy,
hosts its second advisory committee meeting on July 20-21 in
The meeting will include a keynote speech and group discussion
led by Lynnae M. Ruttledge, Commissioner, U.S. Rehabilitation
Services Administration (RSA), Office of Special Education and
Ruttledge will meet with state directors of vocational
rehabilitation agencies, community rehabilitation programs, client
assistant programs, independent living centers, Native American and
parent advocacy programs from throughout Region 2 which includes
New York, New Jersey Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All
are counselors, educators and rehabilitation professionals who
address the needs of the disability community and work with the
Region 2 TACE Center.
The two-day meeting will focus on the future of vocational
rehabilitation, activities of state agencies and the impact of the
economy on vocational rehabilitation, and will include an address
from Commissioner Rutledge discussing the role of collaboration
between RSA and the TACE Center. This will be followed by a
discussion on the recommendations and perspectives of state
vocational rehabilitation agencies, the TACE Center and the
Recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate and appointed RSA
commissioner in 2009, Ruttledge serves under the assistant
secretary of education and the Office of Special Education and
In addition to attending the advisory committee meeting, the
commissioner has set aside time to meet with the state directors,
along with several other university directors of National Institute
on Disability and Rehabilitation Research funded programs during a
reception on July 20.
Prior to being appointed RSA Commissioner in December 2009,
Ruttledge served as the director of the Washington Department of
Social and Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
She has held numerous leadership positions and has received many
awards, including serving as a Mary E Switzer Scholar.
UB's Graduate School of Education Center on Rehabilitation
Synergy houses a number of million-dollar grants, such as: Region 2
Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center and NYS
Supported Employment Training Initiative.
Formerly RCEP II, The TACE Center was awarded a five-year, $4
million grant in 2008 funded by RSA. The TACE Center works with
State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies and their partners in
Region 2. TACE 2 goals are to provide ongoing customized support
and continuing education in the diverse field of vocational
Media interested in interviewing Ruttledge or UB educators on
the rehabilitative services within the TACE Center should contact
Marilyn Stevens at (716) 829-3243.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, a flagship institution in the State University
of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus.
UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests
through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional
degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a
member of the Association of American Universities