In Memory of Joan
Joan Tellefsen, who worked at TASK for 25 years and served as our executive director until retiring in 2004, passed away in her sleep on Thursday, Feb. 20th. Having joined the board of directors in 1979, Joan helped preside over TASK’s expansion into a viable organization. Affectionately dubbed “Fearless Leader,” she was renowned by staff for her sense of humor as well as her ambition for our organization: “I’d like to see a [TASK] office in every city and a technology center in every office,” she said in a 2004 interview published in our newsletter. Among her many accomplishments, Joan helped steer the creation of our TECH Center and assistive technology program. She served on numerous national committees that helped strengthen and shape the work of the Parent Training and Information Centers as we know them today. TASK staff would like to thank Joan for helping to blaze the trail and making our organization what it is today.
Joan is survived by her husband Ed, daughters Bobbi and Cindy, and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, plants or sympathy cards, her family has
requested that donations be made to TASK in her
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 firstname.lastname@example.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,
Statewide Special Education Task Force website.
TASK Sponsors AT
Pavilion at Abilities Expo 2014
We are thrilled to announce our
Abilities Expo next year! After taking last year off, we're back! Come on
out to the Los Angeles Convention Center from February 28 through March 2, 2014.
Our booth will have information on TASK and the TECH Centers as well as TONS of
apps to try! Admission is free, but you must pre-register for the show in order
to avoid waiting in line.
Interviews TASK's Deputy Director
TASK Deputy Director Brenda Smith and her
son Tobi recently met with WonderGrove Kids for an "animated" interview.
Click here to watch the video on our news page!
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.
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!
DONATE and get a TASK Tote
Bag! More info...
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..
TASK is now on FACEBOOK!