Overcoming a diagnosis of autism


By Lisa Ackerman

Two remarkable videos were created this month by young women who have overcome their autism diagnosis.  Their families are so proud of them. I am deeply inspired by their stories, their willingness to share and desire to help others.

Leya and Savine are both incredible.  There are more kids who were once diagnosed with autism that have recovered or overcome their diagnosis.  In January 2013, the National Institutes of Health (NIH ) has studied autism recovery.  Autism is treatable. Those diagnosed can live incredible lives (1)!

I have shared many times my gratitude to these families who have overcome autism. Many who experience this great joy can just walk away, leaving autism in their rear view mirror FOREVER, and never talk about it again. I relate my deepest gratitude to these families for their willingness to share their experiences to help and inspire others through the autism journey.  I treasure their stories detailing their incredible journeys towards living their dreams.

I knew there would be a day when videos would document once severely impacted children and their victories as young adults.  It is no secret that I have a controversial thought: I believe in people diagnosed with autism (2.)  I believe they can overcome a label and an often devastating disability to lead incredible lives.  Evidence continues to appear on a regular basis of these incredible miracles.

Please enjoy Savine featured at the annual Jockey Fashion Show held by Janice O’Sullivan to support TACA San Diego Chapter efforts:


And enjoy this power house family team featured on Tedx:  Dad Eyal and daughter Leya for inspiring others. (Leya is INCREDIBLE in this video!)


At TACA, we work hard to find these stories and share them with others (3.) If you have a story, we encourage you to please share it with us!


  1. http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jan2013/nimh-15.htm
  2. https://www.tacanow.org/blog/controversy-i-believe-in-people-diagnosed-with-autism/
  3. https://www.tacanow.org/family-stories/

2 thoughts on “Overcoming a diagnosis of autism

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  1. Lisa,

    Thank you so much for these kind remarks. I think that you are a true modern day hero. To me you represent the voice of the voiceless. Your effort inspired us to come forward with our story.


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