COVID-19 Related Information

To try to help families during this difficult time with school closures due to Covid 19, we have added a COVID-19 section to the LTF3 website.

To view the original homepage of the LTF3 website, click here.

 

Local Task Force Zoom Meeting Link

The LTF3 Meetings will now be available on Zoom Meeting, so you can now access the meetings from your computer or telephone!  Thank you, Brian Welles and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for setting this up; we appreciate your support!

Topic: Local Task Force Zoom Meeting Link
Time: This is a recurring meeting that occurs on the first Wednesday of each month
Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://paiu.zoom.us/j/199666919

Or join by phone:

+1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 199 666 919
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/alogmfj2

Or join from a H.323/SIP room system:

Dial: 162.255.36.11
Meeting ID: 199 666 919

If you have never used Zoom before, or will be using it on a different device, I recommend logging in at least 10-15 minutes early so you have time to troubleshoot any issues and test your settings.  I have found that some of my devices will not allow me to increase the volume enough so I can hear and I always use my laptop for that reason.  You may need to experiment with your device and earbuds/headphones/external speakers, etc. to find the right combination for you.

Also, if you are logging in from a device with a camera but don't want to be shown on-screen, just click on the video camera in the lower left corner of the screen, once you're in the meeting, so a red line appears through the camera icon.  If you are new to Zoom, you'll also want to type your name in, so we can see who is present and who you are when you are speaking.

Lastly, we ask that ALL participants MUTE themselves as soon as they enter the meeting.  Click on the microphone icon on the lower left of the screen so that a red line appears through the microphone.  Otherwise, the background noise from the open microphones will obscure what the current speaker is saying.  Zoom will give you instructions to open your mic, if you'd like to make a comment or ask a question.  You can do that by clicking on the microphone, speaking, and clicking it back off when you're done, or by holding down the space bar continuously while you speak and releasing it when you are done.

I'm sure we'll be working through some technical difficulties our first few meetings, as we'll have to experiment with the room set up, camera/microphone placement, and how we can all work smoothly together through the Zoom interface.  Please be patient with us as we try to expand our meetings to include even more families!

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 6:30 pm, either in person or via Zoom!

Sharon Janosik & Debbie Efkeman
Co-Chairs, LTF3

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Welcome to The Local Task Force on the Right to Education in Allegheny County

Welcome to our website.

PARENT ASSISTANCE LINE (412) 394-5930
A member will answer questions or provide information to the caller concerning special education issues.

IMPORTANT!
The City of Pittsburgh has its own Local Task Force. Their parent assistance hotline number is (412) 323‑3996.

OUR MISSION:
The Local Task Force serves as a resource for children with all disabilities and their families in the 42 school districts in Allegheny County.

MEETING SCHEDULE:
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month except July and August at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit offices at the Waterfront in Homestead from 6:30 till 8:30 p.m.

HISTORY:
The Local Task Force (LTF) system was established in 1972 as part of the Consent Decree between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the PA Association for Retarded Citizens. The PARC Consent Decree guaranteed a free public program of education for all school-aged persons with mental retardation or thought-to-have mental retardation regardless of their intellectual functioning.

Today the LTF system supports all school-aged persons with all disabilities and their families.

MEMBERSHIP:
The Local Task Force on the Right to Education is open to:

  • PARENTS
  • PROFESSIONALS
  • EDUCATORS
  • AGENCY REPRESENTATIVES

Under the Consent Decree, parents must make up 51% of the membership.

OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Cyclical Monitorings

School districts are audited by the Bureau of Special Education every 5 years. The LTF provides information to the chairperson of the cyclical monitoring team. This information can be commendations or issues and concerns which have been brought to the task force’s attention.

  • Parent Satisfaction Survey

Local Task Forces can initiate a process with school districts to have the school districts disseminate the Parent Satisfaction Survey developed by the 29 Local Task Forces throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Although not mandatory, the school districts can benefit from receiving feedback from the families of sons and daughters who have IEPs. This survey could be done any year except in the school year when the district is involved in their Cyclical Monitoring or Indicator 13 training.  Families can make this request to our Local Task Force 3 through the Parent Assistance Line or in person at one of the 10 public meetings held from September through June.

October 2020 Meeting Agenda

DUE TO COVID-19 WE WILL BE HOLDING THE MEETING ENTIRELY ON THE ZOOM PLATFORM

 Please note that the ZOOM meeting link will be the same for the entire 2020-21 school year.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://aiu3.zoom.us/j/99112011232

Meeting ID: 991 1201 1232

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Meeting ID: 991 1201 1232
Find your local number: https://aiu3.zoom.us/u/ab29Syg5SL

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PaTTAN Training Announcement - Person Driven Planning for Life after High School - Meeting the Needs of All

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following training opportunity

Person Driven Planning for Life after High School – Meeting the Needs of All
Youth engagement in transition planning is critical to ensuring that students have a voice in the development of their IEP and take an active role in their career development and post-secondary goal planning process. Person Driven Planning (PDP) grew out of a commitment to inclusion as a social goal. Intentionally designed as an inclusive process, PDP is an attempt to ensure that individuals take charge of their plans. This webinar series will explore Person Driven Planning, tools for engaging in the practice, the importance of benefits counseling in the plan development, and promising practices in Pennsylvania.

Why Person Driven Planning? Not About Us Without Us
October 27, 2020 (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
Person Driven Planning is based on ensuring that individuals with disabilities not only have a voice in, but also take charge of their own transition planning. During this webinar, components of Person Driven Planning will be discussed. Conversations about why it is so critical to implement for students with disabilities of transition age will also be shared.

Tools for Person Driven Planning
December 15, 2020 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
There are many different tools that can be used in Person Driven Planning. This webinar will review several different tools for IEP teams to consider, including: Life Course Tools; Making Action Plans (MAPS); Planning for Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH); and Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (ReNEW). Each tool will be described by a person trained in its use. Presenters will share their experiences and field questions from participants.

Benefits Counseling – Key to the Plan
February 16, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers disability benefits for more than 8.5 million people. Depending on the type of benefits, payments may go to qualifying family members of the disabled person. Webinar participants will learn about the social security eligibility factors, basic information on how to apply for social security, and the information and documents needed to complete the application. Although the SSA offices are currently closed to the public, questions can be answered by calling 1-800-772-1213 or by visiting our site www.ssa.gov.

Empowering Youth in PA - Resources for Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy
April 20, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Self-determination and self-advocacy are more than just buzz words; they are critical to post-school success. During this webinar evidenced-based practices and resources for youth, families, and stakeholders to increase youth-centered practices through the introduction of the Transition Discoveries Youth Development Toolkit.

REGISTRATION
Please register online by visiting the PaTTAN website at www.pattan.net.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar, including the Zoom link.

No continuing education credit (Act 48) will be offered. Certificates of Attendance will be available 30 days after each event.

CONTACT INFORMATION
For questions regarding registration, contact:
PaTTAN Pittsburgh – Paula Quinn, pquinn@pattanpgh.net, 412-826-6880

For questions regarding content, contact:
PaTTAN Pittsburgh – Hillary Mangis, hmangis@pattanpgh.net, 412-826-6878

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