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! Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, 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
Education Task Force: Make Your Voice Heard!
A new initiative in California, the Special
Education Task Force, is working on changing education to improve student
outcomes. The Task Force will examine California's systems for providing
services to students with disabilities and make recommendations to the
Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Department of Education, the
legislature and the State Board of Education.
In order to get as much insight as possible into the issues facing students with
disabilities, the Task Force needs your help! You can e-mail your written input
to email@example.com or attend one of their
public forums to submit your input in person. For more information on the
California Special Education TASK Force and how you can make your voice heard
and influence the process of improving our educational system,
Statewide Special Education Task Force website.
Board Members Needed
TASK is looking for qualified
individuals to serve on our Board of Directors. If you are the parent of a child
with a disability or a professional that lives in Ventura,
Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Mono, Inyo or Imperial Counties, please consider applying
to the board. For more information, please call (866) 828-8275.
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AAC Competencies...what are they really? workshop
with Bernadette Kennard of Trivinity Consulting.
Join us for the first workshop from our new Project: Communicate AAC program.
This workshop will provide instruction in understanding, monitoring and
promoting all five competencies for AAC users.
Download the workshop flyer for more
Augmentative and Alternative
Communication workshops with Margaret Perkins of SoCal AAC Therapy. TASK is
thrilled to announce our collaboration with Margaret Perkins of SoCal AAC
Therapy. Margaret will be presenting FREE quarterly workshops for parents
and professionals on various topics surrounding AAC. These workshops will be
held at TASK's Anaheim office.
Download the AAC workshop flyer for more information!
Other workshops: 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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