Center for
Independent Living
210 Market Street
Suite A
Williamsport, Pa. 17701

Contact Us:
Local Task Force #17
501 East Third St.
Williamsport, Pa. 17701
Phone Us:
Mailbox #11
Professional Chairperson
Mr. Bill Martens,
Director: Division of Student Services,
Parent Chairperson
Ms. Renee Sluzalis,
Disability Rights Advocate,
Co Chairperson
Ms. Robin Maines,
Independent Living


..... Local Task Force #17 serves Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga Counties in North Central Pennsylvania. We are a group, comprised of parents just like you who have children with special needs.
..... Representatives from BLaST IU #17, Educators from area School Districts, Professionals from area Agencies and Organizations such as Education Network, Special Kids Network, Parent to Parent, etc are all involved with our Task Force.
Our Mission Statement:
... To Support Children and families in our community by providing leadership, information,.training and encouragement.
... The Local Task Force hopes to be able to contribute insightful recommendations that will improve, strengthen and help expand services for students with special needs. We provide resources, referrals, information and networking for and between our members and the community.
...We hope to foster strong, solid working foundations between parents and their school district's officials, so that everyone who is invested in the education of a student receiving special education services is able to function as a team to obtain the best possible education for the student.
When are meetings held?
Training Opportunities
Meeting of the Local Task Force #17 meet on the first Wednesday of the month
with the exception of January, June and July. Anyone who
is the parent of a child with a disability or whom works in
a related field is invited to attend. It is hoped that our membership will increase,
but it is not necessary to join if you attend a meeting.
September 12th, 2005
IDEIA 2004 Updates/Gaskin

November 7, 2005
Special Needs Trust

February 6th, 2006
IEP Development

April 3, 2006
Foster Parenting and Special Education

General Meetings
October 3rd, 2005
March 6th 2006
May 1st, 2006

All Meetings will be held at the BLaST IU #17 building at 2400 Reach Road, Williamsport; 6:30 - 7:30 PM