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

  • FREE one-hour AAC consultation with our Speech Language Pathologist
  • 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

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. Call or email 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.

NOTE Currently, TASK is offering workshops online only.

Assistive Technology Webinars Offered

Apps for Auditory and Visual Skills (English/Spanish): Join us and learn about different apps that focus on visual and auditory skills such as matching, following directions, processing and memory. The apps shown will be both educational and entertaining. Come brush up on your visual and auditory skills along with us!

Apps for Early Learning (English/Spanish): Join us as we demonstrate apps that facilitate early learning for young children with special needs, ages zero to five. Apps will include preschool concepts, early literacy, fine motor skills and more! Join us for a fun-filled, fast-paced webinar!

Assistive Technology for Sensory Difficulties (English/Spanish): Students with sensory difficulties, like those with autism, ADHD and other diagnoses, may have trouble filtering out background noise, sitting under bright lights, may show tactile defensiveness and much more. This workshop will include information about resources such as fidgets, alternative seating, reading tools, auditory devices, items for sensory stimulation and sensory apps. Join us for a fun, informative session, and leave with resources galore!

Fabulous Freebies: No-Cost Assistive Technology and Low-Cost Adaptation Ideas (English/Spanish): In this webinar, we will introduce some great ideas for adapting everyday items for little or no cost, information on free software that can be accessed online or downloaded to your computer, and resources for free iPad applications that we have found to be helpful. We will also share information and resources on built in accessibility features on your computer and iDevices. Join us and learn how you can access assistive technology for free!

Favorite FUN Apps! (English/Spanish): Here at TASK, we have over 3300 iOS apps! During this webinar, we will show you some of our favorite apps that are just plain old FUN! Of course, many of them can be considered helpful for skills such as fine motor, art, life skills and more, but honestly, these are simply apps that we find really entertaining and enjoyable for children and adults!

Introduction to Assistive Technology (English/Spanish): Did you know that there are many different types of assistive technology available to people of all ages and abilities? In this webinar, we will introduce the assistive technology continuum and discuss the different AT categories. The technology will include examples of low tech, medium tech and high tech. Join us for a brief introduction to assistive technology, and see the many options available today!

Let’s Talk Low Tech: AAC Basics (English/Spanish): What is AAC? What is low tech vs. high tech? This workshop includes a thorough explanation of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), types of low and mid tech AAC available, an explanation of various communication symbols and more. Handouts will include a list of free low tech AAC resources available. Join us for a fun, informative webinar learning about low and mid tech AAC!

Let’s Talk Low Tech 2: AAC Thinking Outside the Box (English only): Part 2 of our Let’s Talk Low Tech AAC series includes implementation strategies, ideas, tips and tricks and key terms. We will briefly introduce different communication layouts like PODD (Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display) and LAMP (Language Access through Motor Planning), as well as other options. Core and fringe vocabulary, PECS and Aided Language Support will also be discussed. Join us for a fun webinar, and learn to think outside the AAC box!

Marvelous Math Apps (English/Spanish): Are your kiddos frustrated by math? Are you looking for new ways to teach or practice concepts? Join us as we share over a dozen math apps geared toward early math, elementary, middle and high school.

Reading Apps (English/Spanish): There are so many reading apps out there! We will demonstrate some of the ones that we think are worthwhile and educational, as well as some super helpful reading tools. Categories include comprehension, fluency, decoding and more. Apps shown will be for ages ranging from elementary through high school and beyond.

Social and Life Skills Apps (English/Spanish): Many kiddos (and adults) struggle with social and life skills. Join this session in which we will demonstrate apps that can help with these skills. App focus will include: personal grooming, household chores, telling time, dialing 911, social skills and more. Apps for various ages will be shown.

Writing Apps (English/Spanish): Know someone that struggles with writing? In this webinar, we will demonstrate apps for handwriting, word prediction, grammar and spell check, as well as a few great tools can assist with filling out forms and homework. Apps for elementary through High School will be shown and discussed.

¡Aplicaciones Divertidas Favoritas!: ¡Aquí en TASK tenemos más de 3300 aplicaciones de iOS! ¡Durante este seminario web, le mostraremos algunas de nuestras aplicaciones favoritas que son simplemente DIVERTIDAS! Por supuesto, muchas de ellas pueden considerarse útiles para habilidades tales como motricidad fina, arte, habilidades para la vida y más, pero, sinceramente, estas son simplemente aplicaciones que encontramos realmente entretenidas y agradables para niños y adultos.

Aplicaciones de Escritura: ¿Conoce a alguien que tiene dificultad con la escritura? En este seminario web, demostraremos aplicaciones para escritura a mano, predicción de palabras, gramática y corrección ortográfica, así como algunas herramientas excelentes que pueden ayudarlo a completar formularios y tareas. Se mostrarán aplicaciones para la escuela primaria y secundaria.

Aplicaciones de Habilidades Auditivas y Visuales: Acompáñenos a aprender sobre las diferentes aplicaciones que se centran en las habilidades visuales y auditivas, como la correspondencia, el seguimiento de instrucciones, el procesamiento y la memoria. Las aplicaciones mostradas serán tanto educativas como entretenidas. ¡Venga y repase sus habilidades visuales y auditivas junto con nosotros!

Aplicaciones de Habilidades Sociales y de Vida: Muchos niños (y adultos) luchan con habilidades sociales y de la vida. Únase a esta sesión, en la que demostraremos aplicaciones que pueden ayudar con estas habilidades. El enfoque de la aplicación incluirá: aseo personal, quehaceres, decir la hora, marcar el 911, habilidades sociales y más. Se mostrarán aplicaciones para varias edades.

Aplicaciones de Lectura: ¡Hay tantas aplicaciones de lectura por ahí! Mostraremos algunas de las que creemos que valen la pena y son educativas, así como algunas herramientas de lectura súper útiles. Las categorías incluyen comprensión, fluidez, decodificación y más. Las aplicaciones que se muestran serán para edades que van desde la primaria hasta la secundaria y más allá.

Aplicaciones Maravillosas de Matemáticas: ¿Están sus hijos frustrados por las matemáticas? ¿Está buscando nuevas formas de enseñar o practicar conceptos? Demostraremos más de una docena de aplicaciones de matemáticas orientadas a la matemática temprana, primaria, intermedia y secundaria.

Aplicaciones para el Aprendizaje Temprano: Demostraremos aplicaciones que facilitan el aprendizaje temprano para niños pequeños con necesidades especiales, de 0 a 5 años. ¡Las aplicaciones incluirán conceptos preescolares, alfabetización temprana, habilidades de motricidad fina y más! ¡Acompáñenos a un seminario web lleno de diversión y ritmo rápido!

Hablemos de Baja Tecnología: Conceptos Básicos de CAA (AAC): ¿Qué es el CAA (AAC)? ¿Qué es tecnología baja versus tecnología alta? Este seminario web incluye una explicación completa de la comunicación aumentativa y alternativa, los tipos de CAA de tecnología baja y media disponibles, una explicación de varios símbolos de comunicación y más.

Introducción a la Tecnología de Asistencia: ¿Sabía que existen muchos tipos diferentes de tecnología de asistencia disponibles para personas de todas las edades y capacidades? En este seminario web, presentaremos el continuo de tecnología de asistencia y platicaremos sobre las diferentes categorías de tecnología de asistencia. La tecnología incluirá ejemplos de tecnología baja, tecnología media y alta tecnología. ¡Acompáñenos para una breve introducción a la tecnología de asistencia y vea las muchas opciones disponibles hoy!

Tecnología de Asistencia para Dificultades Sensoriales: Los estudiantes con dificultades sensoriales, como aquellos con autismo, TDAH (trastorno por déficit de atención e hiperactivida) y otros diagnósticos, pueden tener problemas para filtrar el ruido de fondo, sentarse bajo luces brillantes, mostrar una actitud defensiva táctil y mucho más. Este taller incluirá información sobre recursos tales como inquietudes, asientos alternativos, herramientas de lectura, dispositivos auditivos, elementos para estimulación sensorial y aplicaciones sensoriales. ¡Acompáñenos una sesión divertida e informativa y salga con abundantes recursos!

Tecnología Fabulosa: Ideas de Adaptación sin Costo y de Bajo Costo: En este seminario web, presentaremos algunas buenas ideas para la adaptación de elementos cotidianos a bajo costo o sin costo, información sobre programas de la computadora gratuitos que se puede acceder en línea o descargar a su computadora, y recursos para aplicaciones gratuitas de iPad que hemos encontrado útiles. También compartiremos información y recursos sobre funciones de accesibilidad integradas en su computadora e iDevices. ¡Acompáñenos a un taller divertido y aprenda cómo tener acceso a la tecnología de forma gratuita!

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.