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California Advisory Commission on Special Education wants to hear from parents and stakeholders
The California Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE), in an on-going effort to reach out to special education stakeholders from across California, is partnering with California’s Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) to offer the opportunity for remote public comment at our upcoming August 14th meeting between 1:15pm and 1:45pm. Here is a link to the current and past meeting agendas: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/as/acsemtg.asp

The ACSE is an advisory body required by Federal (20 USC 1412(a)(21)) and State Statute (EC 33590-6). They provide recommendations and advice to the State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature, and the Governor in new or continuing areas of research, program development and evaluation in California special education.

The Commission is interested in hearing from you regarding what is working and what is challenging for students with disabilities and their families. We are excited to take advantage of this new tool for public input in order to provide families a broader access for participation that will enhance the conversation and ensure improved options for all students.

It is important to note that the information reviewed by the ACSE relates to state-level activities including state law, regulations, technical assistance, research and unmet program need within the state. They are also interested in what is working well throughout California resulting in positive outcomes for students with disabilities. Input from parents should relate to state-level systemic issues of concern not specific district or individual student IEP concerns. Please ask your PTI staff to assist you if you need more information.

To provide public comment remotely to the ACSE live on their meeting day, August 14 at 1:15pm, please visit your local PTI office. Please plan on arriving 15 minutes early to receive instructions. Three minutes per speaker will be allotted for comment.

It is also possible to provide written input to the ACSE via email or postal service. E-mails may be addressed to ACSE Commissioners and emailed to vdavis@cde.ca.gov. Letters can be mailed to: Gina Plate, Chair California Advisory Commission on Special Education c/o California Department of Education, 1430 N St., Sacramento, CA 95814, ATTN: Venetia Davis.

California's Special Education Task Force: Make Your Voice Heard!
A new initiative in California, the Special Education Task Force, is working on changing education to improve student outcomes. The Task Force will examine California's systems for providing services to students with disabilities and make recommendations to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Department of Education, the legislature and the State Board of Education.

In order to get as much insight as possible into the issues facing students with disabilities, the Task Force needs your help! You can e-mail your written input to spedtf@smcoe.org or attend one of their public forums to submit your input in person. For more information on the California Special Education TASK Force and how you can make your voice heard and influence the process of improving our educational system, visit the Statewide Special Education Task Force website.

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

New: TASK teams up with the California Teachers Association to provide a FREE workshop on Basic Rights in special education. This workshop will take place September 11th, 2014 in Murrieta, CA; download the flyer for more information.

New: Augmentative and Alternative Communication workshops with Margaret Perkins of SoCal AAC Therapy. TASK is thrilled to announce our collaboration with Margaret Perkins of SoCal AAC Therapy.  Margaret will be presenting FREE quarterly workshops for parents and professionals on various topics surrounding AAC. These workshops will be held at TASK's Anaheim office. Download the AAC workshop flyer for more information!

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...

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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 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: