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Training, Technical Assistance (TA) and Networking Resources

Through the delivery of state-of-the-art training, technical assistance and networking, the Training & Advocacy Support Center (TASC) is designed to enhance the advocacy functions of the Protection & Advocacy (P&As) System and Client Assistance Programs (CAPs) in your efforts to protect the civil rights of persons with disabilities and prevent and/or remedy abuse and neglect of those who reside in institutions, other facilities and the community.

Guided by the needs of the Network, TASC provides a broad range of training, technical assistance (TA), and networking to staff, Board, and Advisory Board members of the Network to build the capacity of P&A/CAP staff and organizations as a whole in order to accomplish the organizational mission.

Technical Assistance and Networking: TASC sustains numerous channels to both respond to individual questions and assist staff in linking to resources from other P&As/CAPs working on similar issues. Requests from individuals affiliated with the P&A/CAP Network are received by phone or email, as well as through the listservs and website, in the areas of quality assurance, community integration mandates, abuse and neglect, restraint and seclusion, employment, criminal justice, juvenile justice, education, housing, transportation, health, recreation, information and referral, community outreach, consumer education and self advocacy, management, and governance.

Trainings: TASC conducts four national training events each year, including the Skills Building and Annual conferences, in addition to position-specific trainings and conferences for CEOs and Fiscal Managers. All materials and resources for the trainings are provided to participants on CD.

TASC coordinates a series of periodic teleconferences and webcasts open to the entire Network on emerging policy and legal issues and based on requests coming from the Network.

Listservs: TASC hosts 18 listservs that focus specific personnel within the Network (PABSS, CAP, and Resource Advocacy staff, as well as Fiscal Managers, HR Directors, Legal Directors, and those who do Communications work), while others address specific legal areas (Abuse and Neglect, ADA, Community Integration, Criminal Justice, Education, Housing, Juvenile Justice, Return to Work, TBI, and Voting). The listservs are open to any P&A staff member and provide a confidential place to seek guidance and input from your peers within the Network.

Website: TASC maintains a fully accessible web-based collection of TA materials and links to other resources, providing assistance on a large number of diverse and sophisticated issues. Composed of thousands of pages and updated on a regular basis, the website is a centralized, comprehensive repository of TA materials developed by TASC and its contractors, as well as selected materials developed within the network. The materials are categorized by subject matter area (including service provision, P&A program criteria and self-assessment tools, quality control, confidentiality, information and referrals, investigations, substantive areas of disability law, etc). There are additional materials providing guidance, regulations, and information specific to P&A/CAP services, as well as numerous links to facilitate collaboration.

Publications: TASC provides two monthly publications - TASC Update, which provides a general overview of network news, resources, and upcoming events; and LegalEase, which reviews significant decisions and other legal developments both inside and outside the Network. Attached to LegalEase, TASC produces monthly and quarterly in-depth legal analyses of new legal developments and significant legal issues that P&As face coverage of specific issues through Q&As and Fact Sheets.

TASC updates and distributes its P&A case dockets addressing significant ongoing P&A cases occurring nationwide on core areas of disability law and policy such as the ADA, special education, fair housing, and community integration (including issues on abuse and neglect, access to health care, and P&A investigative authority). Dockets summarize and analyze the cases, identify the P&A/CAP attorney working on the case (who may be contacted for further information), and catalogue the litigation documents filed in the cases. These documents, in turn, are made available (in hard copy or online) to P&A/CAP staff upon request.

TASC also creates and maintains manuals which provide in-depth coverage on a range of P&A/CAP issues. Manuals are distributed both through the website and in hard copy.