TECH Center Services

About the Tech Center

Technology for learning and communicating

About the TECH Center: TASK’s TECH Center is a place where children with disabilities and their parents; adults with disabilities; and professionals can learn about assistive technology (AT) through hands-on access to computer hardware, specialized applications, and adaptive equipment.

AT describes any item, piece of equipment, or product system that increases, maintains, or improves a person’s functional capabilities. AT is valuable because it can diminish or eliminate barriers to education and independence. It ranges from “low-tech” pencil grips for people with fine motor difficulties to “high tech” devices like head-controlled peripherals, which allow people who cannot control their arms or legs to use a computer.

For more information about assistive technology, join TECH Tidbits, the monthly email newsletter from the TASK TECH Center!

AAC

Project: Communicate!

Project: Communicate! provides communication options for persons with language impairments through hands-on access, assessments, training, support and recommendations.

Project Communicate! Services

  • Low cost AAC consultations and/or assessments
  • Hands-on access and trials of various dedicated communication devices and
  • iPads with specialized communication apps
  • Device training for individuals and communication teams

For more information about Project: Communicate!, call TASK Orange County at (714) 533-8275 or email Laura Simmons-Martinez at laurasm@taskca.org with “Project Communicate” in the subject line. For a general list of AAC resources, click here.

LOCATION TASK Brea 3040 Saturn St., #103, Brea, CA 92821 (714) 533-8275

HOURS Monday thru Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (by appointment only)

COST Contact Laura Simmons-Martinez at (714) 533-8275 or at laurasm@taskca.org.

BERNADETTE KENNARD, TRIVINITY CONSULTING For Project Communicate!, TASK has contracted with Bernadette Kennard at Trivinity Consulting. 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 more than 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.

Let’s Talk Low Tech

Many professionals work directly with individuals but are unfamiliar with simple communication options that are available. Let’s Talk Low Tech is a program that will train professionals in the disabilities community who work with persons with complex communication needs, as well as interested parents and caregivers. Training will focus on the benefits of low tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Download a copy of the Let’s Talk Low Tech flyer for more information, including workshop descriptions and instructions for scheduling a Let’s Talk Low Tech session for your organization!

TASK will be offering all four workshops in the Let’s Talk Low Tech series at our Brea office this summer for FREE to parents, professionals and caregivers. Download the Let’s Talk Low Tech summer flyer for more information.  

Youth Programs

Summer 2019 Group Lab Series

Due to our recent office move, TASK will NOT be offering Camp TECHie in 2019. However, we WILL be offering a four-week summer group lab series. Download the summer 2019 lab flyer for more information. 

LOCATION TASK Brea

3040 Saturn St., #103, Brea, CA 92821 (714) 533-8275

COST $10 per session or $35 for all four sessions

 

HOURS

  • July 24 – 2:00-3:30 pm
  • July 31 – 10:00-11:30 am
  • August 7 – 2:00-3:30 pm
  • August 14 – 10:00-11:30 am

POLICIES Pre-registration is required. Call the TASK TECH Center at (714) 533-8275 or email laurasm@taskca.org for more information.

TECH Connection

TECH Connection helps transition-aged youth and young adults (ages 12 and up) with disabilities better prepare themselves for the transition from school to work, college and/or independent living. TECH Connection is an after-school group designed for students and their parents or guardians to work together on life skills, job skills and social skills that are applicable to post-high school living. Download the TECH Connection flyer for more information.

LOCATION TASK Brea 3040 Saturn St., #103, Brea, CA 92821 (714) 533-8275

COST Free of charge. TASK membership is required. To register, call (714) 533-8275.

HOURS Third Wednesdays; 4:00 to 5:30 p.m

POLICIES Parents or guardians must attend all sessions.

Individual Labs

Individualized Lab Appointments

The purpose of an individualized lab is to explore AT solutions that can support learning and promote independence for a person with a disability. During a one-hour appointment, a TASK staff member will provide opportunities for a client and their parent, guardian or caretaker to experiment with different software, apps and adaptive equipment to help determine what works best. Individualized Lab Appointments are hands on exploration. They are not formal AT assessments.

TASK’s TECH Centers have computers, more than 1,000 software titles, more than 1,000 iOS apps for iPad and iPod Touch and many different types of adaptive equipment, including alternative keyboards, trackballs, mice and switches. Our software and apps support various ages and abilities, including early learning, cause and effect, reading, math, social skills, life skills, auditory processing and more. A variety of adapted toys are also available to try with your children as well. Appointments last one hour.

LOCATION TASK’s TECH Center facility is located at our headquarters in Orange County. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact: TASK Brea 3040 Saturn St., #103, Brea, CA 92821 (714) 533-8275

COST Members free of charge/Non-members $20 each (first lab is free-of-charge)

HOURS Monday thru Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (by appointment only)

POLICIES Individualized labs are special, exploratory opportunities intended to support the needs of a particular individual with a disability. Out of respect for our clients, and to maximize their lab experience, siblings may attend only if they too are scheduled for an appointment. Plan to bring one adult for each child served.

Assistive Technology Device Training & Guided Labs

TASK offers “guided labs,” which are private, one-on-one appointments, to help our clients with a specific training need. Guided labs are designed to help individuals and their caregivers learn software applications, adaptive devices, and more. Appointments last one to two hours, depending on the need.

LOCATION TASK Brea 3040 Saturn St., #103, Brea, CA 92821 (714) 533-8275

COST Members $25 hourly/Non-members $50 hourly (one-hour minimum) By appointment only.

HOURS Monday thru Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (by appointment only)

Workshops

LOCATIONS TASK’s AT workshop and presentations are offered throughout the year in the counties we serve. They are offered at TASK locations and in communities in partnership with local agencies or nonprofits. To request a TASK workshop or presentation for your group or agency, call the TASK office nearest you.

COST TASK workshops are free of charge. Registration is required. Register on the TASK website.

POLICIES TASK workshops and presentations are intended for adults only, unless otherwise specified. Unfortunately, we do not provide childcare.

Assistive Technology Workshops Offered

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 ages.

APPsolutely Amazing: Apps for Students with Special Needs 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 session.

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 workshop.

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 This 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 that technology.

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!

Reading and Writing Solutions, Tips and Tricks This workshop 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.

Access to the TECH Center is by appointment only.  For more information, call (714) 533-8275 or contact us.

Visit our calendar to browse assistive technology workshops and register online.

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