We are back with another episode of Autism: Hope in Action! This is an expansion of our intentional dialogue that we long to have with families around the country about life, challenges, triumphs, best practices, and best therapies that exist today. It is our hope that we will be able to reach more families, spread hope in new ways and encourage all of you through the podcast! We are aiming to interview a variety of different experts, family members and friends who will be able to share their unique experience with Autism and encourage all of us to think outside the box, push ourselves (even when we want to give up), and believe that anything is possible for our kids!
This week we are grateful to have Jackie Moore from Atlanta, Georgia with us this week. Jackie has been a part of TACA for many years and now serves as the national director of chapters and programs here at TACA and she does an amazing job supporting and leading our coordinators around the country. (Every coordinator out there just did a fist pump in the air!) If you don’t know Jackie, you need to get to know her. She has a background in Social Services and has a beautiful family that has come a long way in their journey through autism.
We loved as Jackie opened up about her triumphs and challenges with her daughter Jordyn and spoke so well to new and older families out there challenging everyone to never give up hope. She gave us some great insight and encouragement to continue to spread the awareness and action of autism beyond April because we all know Autism doesn’t stop just because April is over. Our favorite takeaway from the episode had to be Jackie really defining or rather redefining hope and expectations along her journey and what that meant to her family’s perspective. She shared some important ways to continue hoping even if your expectations have to change—we all needed to hear this! Plus we got to hear the fun story about she and her husband Ben getting a little surprise a few years ago, hint hint the surprise is the adorable munchkin below!
A few very practical things that Jackie shared with listeners were resources that TACA has to offer! Below you will see links to the chapter page on the national website and the events page for more information about things going on in your area to plug into this summer. She also encouraged families to sign up for a mentor, the process is simple and we at TACA strive to pair each family up with a mentor that can really encourage and resource them in their journey.
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The Autism Community in Action (TACA), formerly Talk About Curing Autism, is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to provide education, support, and hope to families living with autism.