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Do You Need Community Service Hours for High School or College?
If your school requires you to complete volunteer community service hours, TASK is the place to complete those hours! Even if your school doesn’t require the hours, community service can make a big difference when students are applying for admission to colleges and trade schools. Please make sure to obtain the Community Service Verification Form and find out the specific requirements from your school. While there are benefits to being a volunteer, the greatest reward is being part of a team that helps deliver the best service possible to those in need. If you are interested in doing your community service hours at TASK, please e-mail brendas@taskca.org.

Project: Communicate! We are THRILLED to announce Project: Communicate! This project is made possible through a generous grant from the Disability Communications Fund. The purpose of Project: Communicate is to provide communication options for persons with language impairments through hands-on access, assessments, training, support and recommendations.

For this project, we have contracted with Bernadette Kennard at Trivinity Consulting to provide these much-needed services to our families. Bernadette earned her MA from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. She is certified by the American Speech-Hearing Association and licensed by the state of California as a Speech Language Pathologist. She has specialized in developing augmentative and alternative communication systems for individuals with special needs for over 20 years, working closely with families and educational entities to help clients reach their maximum level of communication competence. In 2011, Bernadette created Trivinity Consulting, a company providing customized AAC assessments, therapeutic intervention for AAC users and training for them, their families, and professionals to develop quality support systems.

Through Project: Communicate, we will offer low/no cost AAC assessments, free one-hour AAC consultations, and hands-on access and trials of various dedicated communication devices and iPads with specialized communication apps. We will also be establishing a group for functional and social communication support and offering FREE AAC and communication workshops each quarter in all of TASK's major service regions. We are excited to be able to bring you this service! Visit our page on Project: Communicate!, and if you are interested in any of these services, please feel free to e-mail your questions to laurasm@taskca.org. Be sure to mention Project: Communicate!

Family Day at CEC 2015
The CEC Convention and Expo, the largest and most comprehensive special education event of the year, takes place this April 8-11 in San Diego. Additionally, April 11 is Family Day and is FREE to the first 250 families who register. Click here to download the registration form.    

Board Members Needed
TASK is looking for qualified individuals to serve on our Board of Directors. If you are the parent of a child with a disability or a professional that lives in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Mono, Inyo or Imperial Counties, please consider applying to the board. For more information, please call (866) 828-8275.

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WORKSHOPS

Getting to Know Proloquo2Go! (workshop with Bernadette Kennard of Trivinity Consulting). Proloquo2Go, developed by AssistiveWare, was the first communication app to receive national recognition. This app has been used around the world and has literally changed the way augmentative and alternative communication is addressed globally. Come learn how the app works and the new diverse features now available with version 4.0. We will cover basic layouts and editing, features for accessibility, literacy development and vocabulary expansion.

This workshop takes place Thursday, October 8 at TASK's Anaheim office. For more information, download the flyer!

Other workshops: TASK's Basic Rights workshop includes an overview of the basic rights and protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, an overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and explanations of record-keeping requirements and the assessment process. More...

The IEP Rights and Strategies workshop  provides an overview of the rights and protections mandated for special needs children as well as advocacy tips and strategies. More...

Transition workshops provide information on entering the public school system. TASK also offers an Adult Transition workshop. More...

ADVOCACY TRAINING

TASK provides legal rights information, individual telephone assistance and peer support. If you are in need of services, please call. 

ABOUT US

Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) is a Parent Training and Information Center that parents and professionals can turn to for assistance in seeking and obtaining needed early intervention, educational, medical or therapeutic support service for children. More..

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TASK is now on FACEBOOK!

 

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TASK Videos

Now available for viewing on our website or on YouTube, TASK has produced a series of videos for families who are accessing special education for the first time, as well as those who may still have unanswered questions. Watch them on our videos page! We also have a page featuring some of our favorite videos from around the Web, like the following video, created by Laura Cobb, who has aphasia and made this wonderful clip of tips on how to talk to people who have speech disorders: