Talk About Curing Autism
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Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a 501(c) organization founded in 2000 and based in Irvine, California by Lisa Ackerman when her son was diagnosed and the doctor gave her no hope. TACA provides information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. TACA aims to reduce the lag time between autism diagnosis and effective treatments and endeavors to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help people with autism be the best they can be.
Currently, TACA holds monthly meetings featuring speakers in many states across the United States.
In September 2007, TACA announced the appointment of its new national spokesperson, Jenny McCarthy, whose son Evan Asher was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Evan's recovery from autistic symptoms is described in McCarthy's book, Louder than Words – A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism, published on September 17, 2007.
In 2008, TACA and Jenny McCarthy ended their relationship.
Pacific Life Foundation Grant
In January 2009, TACA received a $300,000 grant from the Newport Beach-based Pacific Life Foundation. TACA launched three new programs for Orange County, California families including a Spanish-language program, the addition on an in house advocate to provide education, training and support for families, and scholarships that would allow families to procure independent assessments for their children. All of these programs are offered at no charge to families affected by families.
As a result, TACA now has a Spanish-language section of their website, En Español, which is a resource for Spanish-speaking parents of children with autism regardless of their location.
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- TalkAboutCuringAutism.org - Talk About Curing Autism website