TASK's mission is to enable children with disabilities, birth
through 26 years of age with the full range of disabilities, to reach their
maximum potential by providing them, their families and the professionals who
serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and by
providing community awareness programs.
TASK believes that:
A knowledgeable and ethical advocacy effort can have positive impact on the quality of health and educational services for children with disabilities.
The ultimate decision making in all aspects of a special child's life belongs with the parent, for it is the parent who will live with the results of those decisions.
The intent, spirit and letter of the law should be followed by public and private sectors as well as the parents.
All administrative avenues available within the established system should be exhausted before proceeding to the courts or news media to resolve differences or effect change.
Parents have the potential to be the best advocates for their children due to their unique knowledge and experience, which cannot be duplicated even by the most dedicated professional.
Once provided with the information and training needed, parents can work responsibly in partnership with educators and other service providers, and this partnership can be a positive and invigorating one in which parents contribute their talents, creativity and wisdom in educating children with disabilities.
TASK's purpose is to improve the quality of life for all children with special needs and their families. TASK ensures the availability of appropriate educational and health services through the development of a knowledgeable and ethical advocacy effort by parents, trained advocates, and the students themselves, when appropriate.