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Call TASK to sign up or to obtain information on workshop 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 resources.
  • Disaster Preparedness
    An 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
    Tried 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 Services
    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 or employment.
  • 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 ages.  
  • 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: 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!
  • Facilitating Language Development with AAC Users
    Supporting 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
    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.
  • Toy Tips: Ideas and Options for Children with Special Needs
    Buying 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!

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