Talk About Curing Autism
|Autism cure movement|
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a nonprofit 501c3 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 was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Evan's recovery from autistic symptoms is described in his mother's concurrently released fourth book, Louder than Words – A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism.
In 2008 TACA and Jenny McCarthy concluded their relationship. https://www.tacanow.org/about-taca/taca-jenny-mccarthy-2/
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.
TACA, as an organization, prominently supports the research of Andrew Wakefield, a former physician and autism researcher who was recently shown to have falsified information about patients who participated in the study that claimed a link between autism and vaccines. The British Medical Journal reported that Wakefield was paid more than $675,000 by a lawyer seeking to sue vaccine makers on the basis that children had developed autism after receiving MMR vaccinations. An award-winning investigation by Brian Deer for The Sunday Times of London, the UK’s Channel 4 TV network, and the British Medical Journal, revealed that the children's medical records show that some clearly had symptoms of developmental problems long before getting their shots, and several had no autism diagnosis at all.
Wakefield was later barred from practicing medicine in the United Kingdom by the General Medical Council, stating that he was found to have acted "dishonestly and irresponsibly".
Despite this, and 41 separate studies listed by the American Academy of Pediatrics which show no link between vaccines and autism , TACA continues to promote Andrew Wakefield, his books, and the stance that childhood immunizations are a significant contributor to autism spectrum disorders.
- Our New Spokesperson, Jenny McCarthy. TACA. Retrieved on 2007-11-16.
- Wiser, Paige. Actors in action; Chicago-rooted stars use lofty platform to help. Chicago Sun-Times, October 18, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-11-16.
- Deardorff, Julie. McCarthy puts hope in lexicon of autism. Chicago Tribune, October 30, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-11-16.
- New York Times, 5 January 2011.
- Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds
- MMR doctor struck from register
- TalkAboutCuringAutism.org - Talk About Curing Autism website