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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to mention
In Memory of 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, 2015. 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.
TASK Is Proud to Announce
the Winners of our Membership Drive
And the winners are...[drum roll, please]... The new TASK member
that won a hundred dollar gift card of her choice is...Jeanette Picasso!
Our winning employee, with a total of five memberships is...Elizabeth Ortega!
Liz wins a half day off paid by TASK! Congratulations, ladies!
WonderGrove Kids interviews TASK Deputy
Watch the WonderGrove Kids
interview with TASK Deputy Director Brenda Smith and her son Tobi below!
Sanchez announces significant grant award for TASK
On September 13th, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez announced that
TASK received two Parent Training and Information Center grants for a total of
4.3 million dollars over the next three years. These grants will enable us to
continue our work with families helping their children with disabilities to grow
and succeed in their education and their life.
Click here to read the full press
release from Congresswoman Sanchez's office.
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!
Changes to Educationally-Related Mental Health Services Effective July 1st, 2011, the California Legislature
repealed Assembly Bill 3632 (AB 3632). Previously, under AB 3632, the state
funded educationally-related mental health services to special education
students through county mental health agencies. Under AB 3632,
educationally-related mental health services included, among other services,
case management, counselling, medication management, and residental placement
and sometimes out-of-state residential placement.
OSEP Spanish Glossary Project The Office of Special Education Programs has relased a Spanish
glossary of common, standardized terms related to special education and the IEP
process. To learn more, visit
the OSEP Spanish
Yankee Doodle Advocate"
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ADA and in
advocacy for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) communication
rights, a new song-with-lyrics video was released July 3, 2010 (Independence Day
Eve) on YouTube.
a Yankee Doodle Advocate" is brought to you by the ISAAC 2010
International AAC Awareness Campaign, the TASH Communications Committee
and Everyone Communicates. The computer-programmed voice is by Snoopi
Botten, an expert at programming the computer voices that can make
communication devices sing. The lyrics are by Judy Bailey, Project
Director of Everyone Communicates and a member of ISAAC/USSAAC and
Presents: The TECH Connection
TASK's TECH Center would like to introduce a NEW program called The
TECH Connection. This program was developed to provide much needed
services to the special needs community. One of the services offered
will be a Social Skills Group Lab. This is a monthly group for children
with developmental disabilities and their families. (Future dates and
times will be determined through group consensus). During this time, we
will feature software and low tech interventions geared toward each
student's needs. These might include social skills, life skills,
interpreting emotions, vocabulary building, language development,
communication, and more. These two-hour sessions will give parents a
chance to work with their children in a comfortable, fun environment
while sharing helpful information with other parents. There will also
be arts and crafts activities to help facilitate fine motor skills and
opportunities for group interaction.
We are currently
developing a workshop titled Assistive Technology for Students with
Autism. In this workshop, we will be introducing parent and teacher
tools including visual schedules, augmentative communication boards and
other types of assistive technology.
We are thrilled to have
Dynavox sponsor our TECH Connection kickoff event! Please download the flyer
announcing our Holiday Party Event and RSVP if you can attend. More
information on the monthly groups will be available soon. Please call
with any questions or to RSVP (714) 533-8275.
Center teams up with Blink Twice for Disneyland adventure!
Several Camp TECHie campers teamed up with Blink Twice for a
trip to Disneyland. Equipped with Tango! speech-generating devices,
campers had a wonderful successful trip, complete with rides, shows,
tons of energy, and some amazing breakthroughs.