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content and requirements for scheduling. Workshops are for adults only;
childcare is not available. Please DO NOT bring
children to our workshops.
Some TASK workshops can be scheduled for other agencies;
if you would like to request a workshop in your area, please contact us at (714)
533-8275 for more information.
TASK is now offering online trainings! For more
information about online trainings, or if you have an agency that would like to
host one of our sessions, please visit our webinar page.
NOTICE: Workshop fees for
professionals are $25.00; parents of children with disabilities are admitted free
unless otherwise noted. Professional group discounts are available. Call (714) 533-8275
for more information.
No walk-ins will be accepted;
all workshop attendees MUST be registered in advance. Workshops
will start promptly at the time stated; there will be NO ADMITTANCE for
anyone who arrives later than 15 minutes after the workshop start time.
Thank you for your cooperation.
- Assessment Process
An overview of the importance of parent input and ways to ensure that
the whole child is being considered when determining appropriate
services and placement options.
- AT and the IEP
This workshop will help parents to understand the process of obtaining an appropriate
AT assessment and how to work with the rest of the IEP team to provide effective
services for their child. (Please note: this is not an assistive technology workshop.)
- Basic Rights
An overview of the four basic rights and protections under the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a brief overview of
Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, and an explanation of
record keeping and the assessment process.
- Bullying Prevention
This workshop was developed by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. It
is intended for parents and professionals to explore the dynamics of bullying so
they can learn what to do and help children address the issue. Topics consist
of: who is bullied; why children are bullied; the role schools play; laws and
policies; and bullying prevention strategies.
- Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments
This workshop will help participants to understand the Common Core
State Standards (CCSS) and their application to students with
disabilities. Participants will learn about how to align the IEP with
the CCSS using Universal Design for Learning in the classroom to help
all students access the curriculum. Workshop participants will
also learn about the California Assessment of Student Performance
and Progress (CAASPP) System, including Smarter Balanced Assessments,
the California Alternate Assessment and the California
Science Test. They will understand the CAASPP supports, including
universal tools, designated supports, accommodations and unlisted
- Disaster Preparedness
introduction to the concept of disaster preparedness for parents of
children with special health care needs, this workshop describes the
need for a disaster preparedness plan and highlights specific concerns
related to children with disabilities.
- Early Intervention and Transition Services at Age Three
This workshop provides a detailed overview of early intervention and transition
services at age three to families and professionals who serve infants and
toddlers with disabilities. It also includes information about procedural
safeguards and tips and pointers for a successful transition.
- Getting and Keeping Your First Job
The goal of this
workshop is to help families, caregivers and professionals understand the
realities of today's work world so they can help youth with disabilities earn
competitive employment. Participants will learn the importance of disability
self-awareness, career planning and strategies to navigate resumes, job
interviews and job accommodations.
- IEP Rights and Strategies
An overview of the rights and protections mandated for special needs
children by IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the
value of record keeping, the requirements of the assessment process, timelines
and other legal components of an IEP, including goals and objectives.
Communication techniques are interspersed throughout the workshop.
- IEP Tips and Pointers
and true tips on how to positively advocate for your children,
strengthen the relationships between parents and service agencies, and
help create the appropriate IEP program.
- Journey through Adolescence
This workshop will provide parents with basic information about the changes
that puberty and adolescence bring to every child, including their son or daughter.
The information is intended to help participants feel more comfortable and confident
as they help their children safely navigate this important transition from childhood
to adulthood. The ultimate aim is to promote the independence, personal safety,
healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships and social inclusion of youth with disabilities.
This workshop is appropriate for parents of primary and middle school students.
- Section 504 Accommodations
Focuses on the individual's rights and accommodations in school,
postsecondary education and workplace. Sample Section 504 accommodation and
individual health plans are included. Positive communication techniques are interspersed
throughout the workshop.
- Section 504 and Transition: The Bridge from High School to Postsecondary
In this workshop, we will assist you to understand the ITP process as it pertains
to postsecondary education and other related services. We will also provide an overview
of programs and resources available to your child entering postsecondary education
- Transition to Adult Services
Focuses on the development of the Individual Transition Plan and the
transition process from school to adult services. Explains other system criteria
and application processes, i.e. Social Security Administration, Department of
Rehabilitation and Regional Center. Discusses supports for the individual to
live independently and productively within the community. Positive communication
techniques are interspersed throughout the workshop.
Assistive Technology Workshops
- The ABC's of AAC
This workshop is for the person that wants to understand what augmentative and
alternative communication is, by definition, scope and practice. Equipment will
be used to illustrate related concepts. The assessment process and possible
outcomes will also be discussed. Whether you are a beginner or simply need to
review, this workshop provides useful information.
- Apps for Older Students
This workshop will include apps for middle school and college-aged students. We
will include apps for reading, writing, math, life skills, social skills,
organization and more. Come join us for an informative, fast-paced workshop.
- Apps for Special Students
In this workshop, we will introduce applications for students with special needs.
Topics covered will include reading, writing and math for students of multiple
- Apps for Students with Autism
We will introduce applications with the following focus areas: video
modeling, social skills, life skills, vocabulary building, language
development, communication, fine motor skills and more. Join us
for a fun, fast-paced workshop and learn about apps that may
benefit your child or student.
- APPsolutely Amazing: iPads and Apps for Kids with Special Needs
In this workshop, we will introduce some of the helpful features available on
the iPad. This will include accessibility features that can be used for persons
with varying special needs. We will also briefly show and discuss protective
cases and other hardware that you can purchase to go with your iPad. Some of the
amazing applications that can be used on these devices for children with special
needs will also be demonstrated. Applications demonstrated will include those
for social skills, life skills, interactive books, communication and more. (Apps
shown in this workshop are typicall free apps, but prices are subject to change
at any time.)
- APPsolute Fun: Apps for Early Learning
This session will introduce and demonstrate iPad applications that help
facilitate early learning. This will include preschool apps, early language and
literacy, fine motor skills and much more. Join us for a fast-paced, fun-filled
- APPtastic Adventures: Fun and Educational Apps for Special Education
In this workshop, we will introduce some wonderful applications that can be used
on iDevices for children with special needs. Some of the applications discussed
and demonstrated will include early learning, reading, interactive books,
writing, spelling, fine motor skills and much more. Join us for a fun,
fast-paced workshop! (Please note: prior technology and iDevice knowledge is
recommended but not required.)
- AT 101
workshop provides information on the laws as they pertain to assistive
technology, the AT evaluation process, and some ideas for writing AT
into the IEP. It also includes a brief introduction to the various
types of AT available.
- AT for Autism and Other Disabilities
This workshop introduces technology specifically related to disorders on the autism
spectrum and for those with developmental disabilities, including software with
the following focus areas: video modeling, social skills, life skills, vocabulary
building, language development, communication, interpreting emotions and more. We
will offer many ideas, from low tech interventions to high tech AAC devices.
- AT for Early Learning
Topics will include software that facilitates early learning, toy/book adaptations,
storybook software, switch access software and much more. Come and see how your
little ones can benefit from assistive technology.
- AT for Kids with Physical Disabilities
Accessing the computer can be a challenge for students with physical
disabilities. Come learn about alternate access methods, including adapted
keyboards, mice, trackballs, joysticks, head mice, switches and more. We will
also address software adaptations, accessibility features and low tech items
such as writing tools. Join us for a fun and informative workshop and see how
your child can gain access to technology.
- AT: Tools for Transition
Technology can play a big role in successfully transitioning from high school to
the adult world. We will introduce the different types of technology that may be
useful in high school, college, in the workplace and to help foster independence.
Attendees will leave with an understanding of what types of technology are out
there to help older students and adults with special needs and where to obtain
- Fabulous Freebies: Assistive Technology at No Cost and Adaptation Ideas
for Very Low Cost
In this workshop, we will introduce some great ideas for adapting everyday items
for little or no cost, demonstrate free software that can be accessed online or
downloaded to your computer, and demonstrate free iPad applications that we have
found to be helpful. We will also show you built in accessibility features on
your computer and iDevices. Join us for a fun workshop and learn how to access
technology for free!
- Facilitating Language Development with AAC Users
someone who uses an alternative method to communicate can be time-consuming.
Set-up for a short interaction may require researching the topic, finding
related icons, programming vocabulary and maybe even checking access modes.
After all this is done, it's no wonder we sometimes forget to ask if the
activity is furthering language development, being provided at a level that
challenges the user to grow, and introducing new skills. This workshop will help
you develop critical thinking skills so you can review your AAC user's language
level and develop suggestions for improvement.
- Reading and Writing Solutions, Tips and Tricks
covers high and low tech reading and writing solutions. Some of the topics
include screen readers, abbreviated expansion, word prediction, talking word
processors, portable word processors, storybook software, and more.
- Toy Tips: Ideas and Options for Children with Special Needs
toys for your special needs child can sometimes be difficult and
frustrating. We will give you suggestions as to which types of toys
work best for your child. Learn how to adapt a wide variety of toys.
Get ideas on inexpensive ways to adapt everyday items such as books,
puzzles and much more!