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
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
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
email@example.com. Be sure to mention
Family Day at CEC 2015
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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Facilitating Language Development with AAC Users (workshop
with Bernadette Kennard of Trivinity Consulting).
Supporting someone who uses an alternative method of communication can be
time-consuming. Set-up for a short interaction may require researching the
topic, finding related icons, programming vocabulary and maybe even checking
access modes. After all this is done, it's no wonder why we sometimes forget to
Is this activity furthering language development?
Was it provided at a level that challenges the user to
Were any new skills introduced?
This workshop will help you develop critical thinking skills so
you can review your AAC user's language level and develop suggestions for
improvement. For more information, download the flyers for the
August 5 workshop in San Bernardino
or the August 11 workshop in
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...
workshops provide information on entering the public school system.
TASK also offers an Adult Transition workshop. More...
TASK provides legal
rights information, individual telephone assistance and peer support.
If you are in need of services, please call.
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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