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.
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repealed Assembly Bill 3632 (AB 3632).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.
Now that AB 3632 has been repealed, California has returned responsibility
for funding and providing educationally-related mental health services to school
districts. For more information,
visit Disability Rights California's collection of special education publications.
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
What is the Family Participation Fund?
In an effort to helping family members voice their opinions about education policy, the California Department of Education, through the State Improvement Grant, established the Family Participation Fund. This fund provides financial assistance to families when they participate in meetings related to education policy. The Fund assists families who do not have any other agency support to become active members of decision-making committees, task forces and other policy-making bodies. The fund is not for trainings, workshops, conferences, or lobbying activities.
To learn more about the Family Participation Fund or to download forms, visit the Family Empowerment and Disability Council's Family Participation
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TASK's Basic Rights
workshop includes an overview of the basic rights and protections under
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, an overview of Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and explanations of record-keeping
requirements and the assessment process. More...
The IEP Rights and
Strategies workshop provides an overview of the rights and
protections mandated for special needs children as well as advocacy
tips and strategies. More...
workshops provide information on entering the public school system.
TASK also offers an Adult Transition workshop. More...
TASK provides legal
rights information, individual telephone assistance and peer support.
If you are in need of services, please call.
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) is a Parent Training and Information Center that parents and professionals can turn to for assistance in seeking and obtaining needed early intervention, educational, medical or therapeutic support service for children. More..
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