COVID-19 Announcements & Updates


October 25, 2021

Dear TASC Family, Friends and Community Members,

It is with great sadness that I share of the unfortunate news that Ken Lane, TASC’s founder and former executive director, passed away this weekend at the age of 71. Ken had low lung capacity and breathing difficulty for some time and recently developed a bad case of pneumonia.

He left us peacefully with his wife Dr. Donna Lane and son, Jonathan Lane, by his side at his home, which is where he wanted to be. He was an incredibly caring, generous, kindhearted leader and friend who wanted nothing but the best for others, especially for the individuals within the community whom we serve.

Even though he is no longer with us, his impact on our lives will always be felt. His immeasurable gift will live on through his legacy of serving others and through the effect he has had on all of us. His incredible vision, leadership and dedication has been an inspiration to thousands. It will be the guiding star that we will always strive to follow.

TASC was one of Ken’s greatest achievements. He created the organization 34-years ago after he was encouraged by others to open a program of his own to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Ken’s natural warmth and caring-style has been his trademark in his work at TASC.

Ken retired as executive director on January 1, 2021. He enjoyed every moment of his retirement with his wife Dr. Donna Lane by his side. He especially enjoyed sitting in his garden listening to music (Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” were amongst his favorites), or having a meaningful conversation with his family, friends and TASC members over Zoom.

With TASC being his “baby” as he would fondly say, he was still very actively involved in aspects of the organization. He enjoyed being able to “ask the questions” about TASC, rather than being the one to answer them.

Ken was so grateful to people who invested their involvement and care for TASC, no matter how large or small. Since you’re reading this announcement that includes you too. He wishes that he could have said goodbye to everyone, but is able to rest in peace knowing his legacy and memories will continue.

Information on his memorial service will be provided at a later time. Condolences for Ken’s family can be sent to the TASC office for delivery to them (16600 Sherman Way, Suite 240, Lake Balboa, CA 91406). Since the clients supported by TASC’s services were so dear to Ken’s heart, Dr. Donna Lane has created a memorial fund in his name to support TASC’s critical services. Donations in Ken’s memory can be made by going to: https://tinyurl.com/LaneMemorialFund

While this is such a difficult time for all of us, Ken is eternally smiling and happy to rest at peace.

Sincerely,


Dennis Rutnam
Executive Director
The Adult Skills Center (TASC)

March 24, 2021

Hello everyone,

I would like to address the recent tragic events that our nation has seen. We are mourning for the loss of our fellow Americans that lost their lives on Tuesday, March 16 in a string of attacks in Georgia. Eight people were killed. We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.

The attacks last week included six women of Asian descent, amongst them, four were Korean. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an alarming rise in violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

We at TASC wholeheartedly stand in solidarity with our AAPI community. TASC is against these and all acts of hate targeting the AAPI community, as well as any other group. Racism of any kind is not tolerated and must be recognized so we can seek equality and justice.

As a human services agency for individuals with disabilities, TASC understands the importance of inclusion, equality and respect for all. The racial injustices that we have seen in recent events is intolerable. We will continue to advocate for individuals that are treated unfairly. We will also continue to build policies and conduct work that promotes equality and fairness for all.

We all must take action to prevent hate crime. If you witness these actions taking place, please report it to the California Attorney General’s Victims Unit by going here. If the actions are against our AAPI Community, you may also report it to the Stop AAP Hate organization by going here.

If you are a first-hand victim of a civil rights violation, a complaint can be filed at the U.S. Department for Civil Rights by going here.

I am personally seeking ways in which I can support local organizations and agencies to fight against inequality. I encourage you to do the same. Our united voices against inequality will make a difference.


Dennis Rutnam
Executive Director & TASC’s Leadership Team

March 4, 2021

TASC has thankfully continued to see a decrease in cases of COVID-19 as tracked for our clients and staff members. If you are a family member/caregiving and are interested in more information for an in-person return to programs please contact your program supervisor (contact list below). Thank you for following the safety guidelines. We must continue to remain vigilant to protect everyone from COVID-19.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that people with developmental and other disabilities will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 15 (see the announcement HERE for the list of eligible individuals).

Since this date is right around the corner, we wanted to share resources and thoughts from our community:

  • Keep in mind: Even if someone is eligible on March 15, it does not mean a vaccine will be available. While California is working hard to get more vaccines, but it may take more time to get the vaccine that you are eligible for. However, don’t let this discourage you and your family from getting immunized by getting the vaccine. Just be prepared it may take a while.
  • Reminder: Professional and family caregivers are eligible now for the COVID vaccine. Read HERE for more info.
  • Reminder: Individuals with a developmental disability are allowed to have a support person when hospitalized. Read HERE for more info.
  • The North LA County Regional Center’s newsletters are a great source of information regarding COVID vaccines, testing, support groups, local events, and more. To sign up for their newsletters, go HERE.
    • Attached is North LA County Regional Center’s COVID-19 email regarding TESTING resources & locations
  • Check VaccinateLACounty.com or follow @LAPublicHealth on social media for more information on vaccine eligibility and locations.

Information Regarding the Vaccine

We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. Thank you for continuing to do your part in keeping everyone safe. We appreciate you being a part of our TASC family.

Warmest Regards,
TASC’s Leadership Team

P.S. On another note, March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Each year, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and their partners work together to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. To add to this digital conversation, post using the hashtag #DDawareness2021 To learn more about how to get involved, click here.

Contact Key:
Day Services (Community Integration Training (CIT) & Employment Services):
Kelly Grimes, (818) 708-1756 / kgrimes@taschq.com
Alona Yorkshire, (310) 666-1487 / ayorkshire@taschq.com

Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS):
Erik Flores, (818) 512-0929 / eflores@taschq.com

In-Home Services (Independent Living Services (ILS) & Supported Living Services (SLS)):
Sam Flores, (818) 708-1756 / sflores@taschq.com
Lisa Steidl, (818) 939-8197 / lsteidl@taschq.com

Administrative:
Dennis Rutnam, drutnam@taschq.com
Tania Bartolo, (818) 900-1730 / tbartolo@taschq.com

July 21st, 2020

As we innovate new methods of service delivery in light of this pandemic, TASC will continue to make a concerted effort in assessing the safety of our clients. This has served as a catalyst for us to create new and safe ways to provide our brand of service. Never before has TASC offered such a wide array of options for day programming. Some of the new modalities of service delivery include:

  • Tele-health services: Virtual visits via Zoom have allowed us to remain in contact with clients whose IPP team decided to shelter in place throughout this pandemic. Telephone check-ins are also an option for those who feel more comfortable using a phone to communicate.
  • TASC virtual classes: Virtual classes have been an excellent way to continue with skill acquisition programs and allow for social opportunities.
  • Alternative locations: Many IPP teams have elected for direct staffing to take place in the home of the client. This has allowed for new goals to be targeted and a stronger connection to be formed.
  • Traditional community-based day program: TASC has been diligent about keeping up to code with safety precautions recommended by the CDC and Local Health Department. With their guidance we have been successful in providing a safe day program with limited approved activities for those deemed to be a safety risk if left without a program.

Two new options for day program services which are being offered include:

  • Hybrid programming: For IPP teams that decide to have the client attend only some of the scheduled activities or only on certain days, TASC may be able to accommodate that request.
  • Program in-home packages: For those whom it is best to shelter in place, TASC will be providing packages each week filled with program activities that can be done from the safety of their own home. This is an excellent option for those at high risk for serious illness.

The IPP team for each individual is a crucial component to our safety preparedness. We encourage communication as the landscape of our field continues to change. Know that TASC is committed to addressing all safety concerns in a timely manner. We will communicate any changes to our COVID-19 Safety Plan and will continue to reach out to support teams as circumstances continue to change.

Lastly, a special thank you to all who have contributed in making sound decisions with a person-centered approach for each client (whether that be to shelter in place, or attend community-based program).

Warmest regards,
TASC’s Leadership Team

Contact Key:
Day Services (Community Integration Training (CIT) & Employment Services):
Alona Yorkshire, (310) 666-1487 / ayorkshire@taschq.com

Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS):
Erik Flores, (818) 512-0929 / eflores@taschq.com

In-Home Services (Independent Living Services (ILS) & Supported Living Services (SLS)):
Lisa Steidl, (818) 939-8197 / lsteidl@taschq.com
Jennifer Pecor, (818) 903-3452 / jpecor@taschq.com

Administrative:
Dennis Rutnam, drutnam@taschq.com
Ken Lane, klane@taschq.com
Tania Bartolo, (818) 900-1730 / tbartolo@taschq.com

June 10, 2020

Message from Ken Lane, TASC Executive Director

Hello everyone,

This message is well past due however, I would like to share some thoughts on behalf of TASC regarding the events of the past few weeks. We at TASC wholeheartedly stand with the Black Lives Matter movement.

The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black individuals has deeply hurt and saddened the TASC family. We share the frustration and anger that people are feeling at the systemic racism within our culture, which is responsible for these terrible events.

Since our inception 33 years ago, TASC has provided opportunities and has advocated for equality, inclusion and respect for all of our clients, as well as the professional and caring people we employ. We strive to incorporate these values into the support we provide to the clients of TASC.

We stand with and support those who pursue positive change.

Please know that our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those that were taken from them in such an unjust, painful and devastating way. We hope they are able to find comfort in the enormous groundswell of awareness and action that is happening and must continue to happen to create a culture of equality and fairness.

Know that TASC values equality, justice and the pursuit of a meaningful life, and will always seek to advance and fight for these principles for any who are denied them.

In Solidarity,
Ken Lane,
Executive Director & TASC’s Leadership Team

P.S. For TASC staff members that want a resource to express their frustrations or a place to talk, please take advantage of our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offering free counseling services through Trinet. Call this number: (888) 893-5893
For online information: www.feieap.com user name: Trinet

Contact Key:
Day Services (Community Integration Training (CIT) & Employment Services):
Alona Yorkshire, (310) 666-1487 / ayorkshire@taschq.com

Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS):
Erik Flores, (818) 512-0929 / eflores@taschq.com

In-Home Services (Independent Living Services (ILS) & Supported Living Services (SLS)):
Lisa Steidl, (818) 939-8197 / lsteidl@taschq.com
Jennifer Pecor, (818) 903-3452 / jpecor@taschq.com

Administrative:
Dennis Rutnam, drutnam@taschq.com
Ken Lane, klane@taschq.com
Tania Bartolo, (818) 900-1730 / tbartolo@taschq.com

May 5, 2020

Dear TASC Day Services Clients, Families, and Providers,

We hope you are all doing well and staying safe. We also hope you have been enjoying our virtual and modified programming and finding it beneficial. As we move towards any dates for restarting in-person day programming, we wanted to let you know what plans may look like:

1. When the stay-at-home order is lifted (meaning non-essential businesses reopen, schools reopen, etc.), we expect that we will also bring back more in-person programming with modifications. We will announce any dates as soon as we have them. We will connect with each one of you to make sure you feel safe to return at that time.

2. Clients with serious at-risk conditions or who are over 65 are encouraged to participate virtually. We will connect with you to speak about some options.

3. All staff and clients will be required to wear masks for the foreseeable future. Homes and individuals will be responsible for providing their own masks (we can provide an initial reusable mask if needed, but each home will need to wash and provide them daily).

4. Extra disinfecting procedures will be implemented daily, in vehicles and any spaces used.

5. No gatherings of groups of more than 10 people will be allowed. Parties, meetings and all other gatherings will be held virtually through Telehealth platforms.

6. All TASC staff will have already completed a COVID-19 training program that outlines preventative and reactive strategies.

7. TASC will also make a concerted effort to educate participants of our program on CDC safety precautions (hand-washing, social distancing, etc.) upon their return to program.

8. Both staff and clients will be screened daily for signs of illness and will not be allowed to program until cleared if signs are present.

9. TASC will not be going to community places that are expected to be crowded. As community spaces open, TASC will have a strict 2 week buffer until we test that space for overcrowding.

10. TASC will be purchasing tablets for each group. We will continue to utilize and enhance our virtual classes so that clients and staff can assess productive curriculum virtually in lieu of some of our normal community activities. We are working daily on creating integrated and productive virtual learning experiences.

If you have any concerns that were not addressed in the guidelines listed above, please reach out and voice your concern as it will assist us in fully preparing to resume services.
Thank you, and we cannot wait to see all of you again!

Warmest regards,
TASC’s Leadership Team

Contact Key:
Day Services (Community Integration Training (CIT) & Employment Services):
Alona Yorkshire, (310) 666-1487 / ayorkshire@taschq.com

Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS):
Erik Flores, (818) 512-0929 / eflores@taschq.com

In-Home Services (Independent Living Services (ILS) & Supported Living Services (SLS)):
Lisa Steidl, (818) 939-8197 / lsteidl@taschq.com
Jennifer Pecor, (818) 903-3452 / jpecor@taschq.com

Administrative:
Dennis Rutnam, drutnam@taschq.com
Ken Lane, klane@taschq.com
Tania Bartolo, (818) 900-1730 / tbartolo@taschq.com

March 24, 2020

Hello All,

In light of Governor Newsom’s recent “Stay at Home” order, the TASC offices will be closed until further notice. Things are developing quickly and on a daily basis, but we are committed to the services we provide and will continue to conduct business as usual with adjustments in how we operate. The administrative staff will be working remotely and can be contacted 9am-5pm via email, Day Services and ILS/SLS coordinators will also be available as usual. If you have any questions specific to your program, please contact your supervisor directly.

TASC’s Leadership Team

March 20, 2020

Dear TASC Staff, Families & Friends,

Let me start by thanking each and every one of you for doing everything possible to make the lives of the people we serve as easy as possible during the COVID-19 crisis. I want to assure you that there is no higher priority for TASC than the health and safety of the people we serve and the staff who work with them. As new changes occur daily, we are changing the program to meet the needs of our community. Our supervisory team is working around the clock to ensure that the vital services that we provide continue to be provided with the guidance from the Regional Centers, the Department of Developmental Services and Federal, State and Local government.

Concerning the “Safe at Home” announced on 03/19/2020, we encourage everyone to follow those rules. When it comes to the services that TASC provides, we are considered “Healthcare Operations” and would be able to continue to operate. Even though this means that TASC remains open, some of our departments are closed or partially closed. We will continue to offer our essential programs during this time, which include but not limited to Community Integration Services (CIT), Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS) and our Independent Living and Supported Living Services (ILS and SLS). We have adjusted the way we serve people to adhere to the safety guidance from the entities mention and have come up with creative and beneficial ways to continue to serve the individuals with the most critical needs. Please continue to be in communication with the TASC representative you are usually in contact with.

Please check our website www.TASCservices.org for updates or for our contact list and sign up for our newsletter.

Thank you and be safe!

Sincerely,
Ken Lane,
Executive Director & TASC’s Leadership Team

Contact Key:
Day Services (Community Integration Training (CIT) & Employment Services):
Alona Yorkshire, (310) 666-1487 / ayorkshire@taschq.com

Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS):
Erik Flores, (818) 512-0929 / eflores@taschq.com

In-Home Services (Independent Living Services (ILS) & Supported Living Services (SLS)):
Lisa Steidl, (818) 939-8197 / lsteidl@taschq.com
Jennifer Pecor, (818) 903-3452 / jpecor@taschq.com

Administrative:
Dennis Rutnam, drutnam@taschq.com
Ken Lane, klane@taschq.com
Tania Bartolo, (818) 900-1730 / tbartolo@taschq.com

March 12, 2020

Dear TASC Families & Friends,

We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top-priority is the health and well-being of our clients, staff and community partners. At this time, The Adult Skills Center (TASC)’s services and programs will remain on a normal schedule. Currently, there is no known connection between individuals with COVID-19 and anyone attending or employed at TASC.

The services and programs that TASC provides are necessary for the individuals we serve. Based on recommendations from health authorities, the best plan is to continue the critical services to our clients.

Families & TASC Client Contacts: Please read below to be prepared for procedures within each service department if conditions change. We will also provide additional necessary information, if needed.

Additionally, we are taking extra care to ensure the cleanliness of all areas that TASC clients and staff come into contact with; whether it be in the office, homes, vehicles, or while in the community. We are also encouraging frequent hand-washing and other good hygiene practices.

Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the correct department staff, see below.

We are staying abreast of COVID-19 news and updates. As always, the health, safety and well-being of our clients, staff and community partners is of utmost concern. While the future of the COVID-19 seems uncertain, we are confident we will get through this together and are here for you, should you have any concerns.

Sincerely,
Ken Lane,
Executive Director & TASC’s Leadership Team

Contact Key:
Day Services (Community Integration Training (CIT) & Employment Services):
Alona Yorkshire, (310) 666-1487 / ayorkshire@taschq.com

Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS):
Erik Flores, (818) 512-0929 / eflores@taschq.com

In-Home Services (Independent Living Services (ILS) & Supported Living Services (SLS)):
Lisa Steidl, (818) 939-8197 / lsteidl@taschq.com
Jennifer Pecor, (818) 903-3452 / jpecor@taschq.com

Administrative:
Dennis Rutnam, drutnam@taschq.com
Ken Lane, klane@taschq.com
Tania Bartolo, (818) 900-1730 / tbartolo@taschq.com