Your Donations Are Used Wisely.

95% of all services are provided to TACA families at absolutely no charge to them.

Autism Is Treatable.

For decades autism has been viewed as a hopeless, untreatable disorder - today we know that interventions can help people with autism at any age. Your support helps TACA educate and empower families to seek appropriate interventions that are leading to significant progress for many children. Often this can mean the difference between never hearing a child speak, and a mother being able to hear, “I love you" from her child for the first time.

The Number Of Families TACA Helps

Is Growing Exponentially The increased media attention that autism and TACA have received has resulted in the numbers of families served by TACA growing at an unprecedented rate, In 2007 TACA served 6,ooo families, today we are reaching more than 15,ooo. As we grow, support from the community must increase as well so that we can continue to help children and families with autism reach their full potential.

TACA Is The Preeminent Organization

Providing Direct Support To Families Living With Autism. TACA is the only national organization focused solely on family support, education and empowerment. These families need help, and TACA exists to provide it.

Some special facts about TACA:

  1. TACA is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization. Your generous donation is tax deductible following the IRS guidelines.

  2. TACA has many volunteers and a small support staff. Much of TACA’s efforts are performed on a volunteer basis. We utilize approximately 200 volunteers throughout the year. TACA's paid staff is six full-time employees and eight part-time staffers to help serve our families and our mission. TACA's board members are also volunteers.

  3. Our meetings, services, support, and information are FREE to parents, caretakers, and friends of families affected by the devastating disorder called Autism. (Note, there are occasionally special events at small costs to parents when speakers travel a great distance.)

  4. Most meeting speakers volunteer their time, information and efforts to support families with autism. (Note, there are occasionally meetings at small costs to parents when speakers travel a great distance.)

Child Newly Diagnosed with Autism

This brief introduction is an important overview for the parent when a child is diagnosed with autism. It provides suggestions for next steps for your child.

You have entered an new world with your family - AUTISM.

Having a child with special needs require focus and diligence.

It is important to focus on the three core components of managing your life after the diagnosis. Think of these three areas like a stool - without one leg the stool will fall over.

Traditional Therapies

  • Traditional therapies are the intensive early interventions provided to help the child:
    • Minimize behaviors
    • Enable learning
    • Set and achieve goals and objectives
  • These therapies include:
    • One-on-one therapies such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Floortime, RDI and others
    • Speech therapy
    • Occupational (OT) or physical (PT) therapies
    • Social skills

Biomedical Therapies

  • Treating children with autism with only one therapy either biomedical - or - traditional therapies is not enough. You need to focus on both.
  • Biomedical therapies include:
    • Testing for genetic disorders and baseline testing
    • Testing and treating for other problems besides autism
  • Biomedical therapies take the longest to yield results but diligent effort, research and persistence will pay off.
  • There is a high percentage of autistic individuals that have medical conditions besides autism. These conditions need attention and treatment.
    • It is important to never let the excuse that "your child has autism" be the reason for NOT TREATING a medical issue that requires treatment.
  • Remember: Autism is treatable via biomedical interventions. There are a lot of choices.

Keeping Family Healthy

  • One of the most devastating events to happen to a family is the diagnosis of a special needs child.
  • Many families focus on the needs of the diagnosed child while neglecting other children, spouse and family members.
    • Even though time is precious - paying attention to these other relationships is key.
    • Managing health of care takers is also important. Do not neglect your own health needs while caring for a special needs child.
    • It is important to investigate local support groups for family and marriage counselors in your area
  • The divorce rate the U.S. is high enough - but odds increase when you have a special needs child. It is your job to buck these odds and whenever possible stay married.
    • An important note is that special needs children do better in a two-parent family.
  • Keeping family healthy is an important part of the stool and should not be ignored.

Where to Start?

  • Our web site has information on all the legs of the stool including Traditional Therapies and Biomedical therapies.
  • Get an independent assessment and diagnosis of your child's unique needs.
    • Assessments outside your regional center, early intervention agency or school districts are important.
  • Look into early intervention in your area and get on wait lists if necessary.
    • The "wait-and-see" approach can be devastating and not recommended.
    • Children who receive intensive early intervention have a better prognosis for the future.