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WHAT'S NEW

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! Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, 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!

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

AAC Competencies...what are they really? workshop with Bernadette Kennard of Trivinity Consulting. Join us for the first workshop from our new Project: Communicate AAC program. This workshop will provide instruction in understanding, monitoring and promoting all five competencies for AAC users. Download the workshop flyer for more information.  

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...

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 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: