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Right To Education Local Task Force

 
Contact:  Natalie Smith at 724-219-2321 or nsmith@wiu7.org
 
What is the Local Task Force?
  • The Local Task Force (LTF) is a committee of concerned and active parents, consumers, and representatives, brought together to collaboratively ensure that all children with disabilities in Westmoreland County receive the supports and services they need to be successful in the least restrictive environment.
  • A major purpose of the Local Task Force is to propose recommendations that will improve, strengthen, and when needed, expand services for children with special needs.
  • The Local Task Force serves as an information-sharing and networking vehicle between members and the community.
  • The Local Task Force addresses individual issues brought to the committee by parents regarding their child's educational needs during Creative Resolutions.
Who Can Attend Meetings and Activities?
Any interested person or parent of a student with a disability or special need may attend any of the regularly scheduled Local Task Force meetings.  It is not necessary to be a member to attend, and no advance notice is necessary.
...You are always welcome!
 
When and Where are the Meetings?
Meetings are typically held every other month, with some meetings in the daytime starting at 10:00 a.m. and some meetings in the evening starting at 6:30 p.m.  Meetings usually last one hour.  Please call 724-836-2460 to find out exact dates.  All Local Task Force Meetings occur at Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, 102 Equity Drive, Greensburg, PA.
 
What is the State Task Force?
The State Task Force serves as an advocate for students with intellectual disabilities, as well as those with other special needs, through resolution and administrative/policy support.  The State Task Force meets up to six times per year in Harrisburg, PA with downlinks in other areas of the state, and includes agency members.  Parent and educators are encouraged to attend.
 
What is Creative Resolutions?
Creative Resolutions offers an opportunity for a parent to bring individual special education concerns to the attention of a Local Task Force voting member for the purpose of discussion and problem-solving.  This confidential meeting usually takes place directly before a Task Force meeting, then comments are welcome after the general Task Force forum.  Confidentiality is ALWAYS protected and NO name or district is ever revealed.  Parents can schedule a Creative Resolutions meeting by contacting one of the co-chairpersons of the Local Task Force.
 
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