In its 35+ years, The Adult Skills Center (TASC) has expanded its programs to focus on what has been identified as the unique needs of each individual we support. Since opening, TASC has provided services to over 2,500 individuals with developmental disabilities ranging from intellectual disabilities to autism, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
I began TASC 30 years ago so that TASC clients and their families would play an important role in the direction of the services and support they receive.
The Adult Skills Center (TASC) opens with 4 staff members and 12 clients.
TASC added a Cooperative Home Program helping clients transition from their family's home or a group home to an apartment of their own within the community.
TASC added a Gardening and Outdoor Maintenance Program helping clients prepare for employment in these specific areas.
TASC added a Community Living Assistance Program (CLAP), where TASC clients were eligible to receive no interest loans to assist them in moving within the community (startup costs such as first months' rent, security deposit, furnishings, etc.).
In October of 2014, TASC moved from a site-based day program to a 100% community integrated day program.
TASC began offering Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS) that includes Psychological Services, Behavioral Services, Health Services, and Community Integration Services.
TASC added an Independent Living Skills Program (ILS) working with clients one-on-one within the community.
TASC added a Supported Living Service Program (SLS) for individuals with a higher level of need who otherwise wouldn't be able to live on their own within the community.
TASC added a Mobility Program helping consumers navigate the bus systems and ACCESS services in order to be more independent and safe within the community.
TASC was awarded a grant from the John Gogian Family Foundation enabling the agency to add an Older Adults Successful Aging Program to address the special aging needs of TASC clients.
TASC began its first CIT program offering more intensive services in a 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3 ratio setting.
TASC opened up its first store "The Sunny Spot." With the Sunny Spot, TASC is able to provide a high level of job training and competitive employment to its clients.
TASC began as a small site-based Day Services program with 12 clients and four staff members.
In 1987, with the aid of the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, Kenneth “Ken” Lane created The Adult Skills Center in response to hearing families concerns about wanting to be more involved with their loved one’s programming.
A nonprofit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities; today TASC employs over 240 staff members and serves nearly 200 clients each year.
Ken’s natural warmth and caring style has been the trademark in TASC's work. This core culture has become the philosophy that has led TASC to become a role model for other agencies serving individuals with developmental disabilities.