What is TASK?

TASK is an independent non-profit agency serving families of special needs children southwest Virginia. We work in partnership with PEATC to build positive futures for children. We work collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. We provide support for families by giving informational workshops and presentations. All of our services are free and confidential.  

In addition to workshops and presentations, TASK provides a four-week Summer Enrichment Program for special needs children in Tazewell County.  This program is a collaborative effort with Tazewell County Public Schools.  Each summer for the past 36 years, TASK has provided four weeks of recreational and educational programs for special needs children in collaboration with many local agencies. Applications for the 2020 Summer Program are available on the Our Programs tab.

To request an on demand workshop or presentation for your group or agency, please call our office. We have a list of valuable parent and professional focused trainings that include up to date materials approved by the Virginia Department of Education. 



Our Mission is to ensure that families and children receive the support to achieve a "free appropriate public education designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living." TASK is committed to reaching all families, including traditionally underserved, rural and low-income populations and those families that do not know how their effective involvement can make a difference. 

TASK Board of Directors

TASK has a volunteer Board of Directors that meets quarterly. TASK staff and board of directors are caring and responsive individuals who include parents of children and adults with and without disabilities, professionals, self-advocates and community leaders. The 2017 TASK Board members are:

Bronwyn Owen,President

Becky Gearheart Vice-President

Jessica Viers, Secretary

Patrice Lockhart, Treasurer

Chris Owens

Melissa Guzy

Robin Allison

Robert Steele

Patti Cettin, Executive Director

If you are interested in serving on the TASK Board, please contact Patti Cettin, or one of the Board members.

​History of TASK

TASK is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit agency serving the special needs population of Tazewell County, Virginia and surrounding southwest counties since 1975. Originally founded as a chapter of the ARC when P.L. 142 was passed. A group of parents and educators founded the organization to help families and professionals understand the complexities of these new mandates.  

TASK is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that meets quarterly. The agency is funded by the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors, grants, donations, fundraising and Tazewell County Public Schools.

    Have a Question?      Give us a call:


In The


Special Education Workshop Series

February 21

April 4

5-7 PM

Student Center          (Beside Tazewell Co. Career & Tech Center) Tazewell, VA


Refreshments & materials provided free. Registration required.


In The


2020 TASK Summer Program 

This year's Program will be held online. Application link is on main page. Fun education and recreational activities for special needs students in Tazewell Co. Math, Sonday Reading, Social Skills, Yoga, Story Time, Art and Pre-K programs.

Families will receive a schedule with links to each program. JOIN US!



Special Education Advisory Committee Meetings (SEAC)

Call Melinda Smith for info: 276-988-5511 

Ext 2480


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Call Us: 276-979-0408   /  taskforkids@hotmail.com   /  PO Box 877 North Tazewell VA 24630     

Office Located in Tazewell Sheriff Dept.  Bldg. - 315 School St. Tazewell - Handicapped Access through front of Bldg.