IACC is requesting public comment for their strategic plan

By Lisa Ackerman Here we go for the third installment of Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Strategic Planning. Here is what the IACC is proposing: The IACC is requesting public comments to inform the development of the 2016 IACC Strategic Plan. The objectives in the IACC Strategic Plan were last revised in 2011, and the…

Study Suggests the Medical Nature of #Autism Leads to Early Mortality

  By Dr. Richard Frye, TACA Physician Advisory member   A recent study in The British Journal of Psychiatry examined mortality rates in 27,122 high and low functioning Swedish individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) between 1987-2009 and compared these to mortality rates to 2,672,185 randomly selected non-ASD individuals matched on gender, age and…

Vale la pena?

Gloria Giudici es Coordinadora de TACA Florida. Ella vive en Palm Beach Gardens con su marido y dos niños con autismo   Esta es una pregunta que generalmente recibo de padres que quieren saber como pueden ayudar a sus hijos con autismo, después de escuchar sobre las diferentes dietas, doctores MAPS, terapias y tratamientos disponibles….

The new #autism prevalence rate is not a cause for celebration

By Lisa Ackerman On March 31, 2016 the CDC issued their new official rate of autism per their latest survey (1.) The rate is 1 in 68 US children has a diagnosis of autism. For this first time in over a decade the rate compared to their 2010 survey results is flat. It is important…

April #Autism Action Month: Action Speaks Louder than Awareness

  By Lisa Ackerman I am more than aware of autism.  This is the 16th Autism Awareness Month my family has experienced.  There are many families like ours who want more than awareness, we want people to be educated about autism and to share that knowledge with others. This month provides TACA members with an…

TACA’s Doctor Appreciation Day

  By Jackie Moore On March 30th, 2016 TACA will hold the first TACA Doctor Appreciation Day in partnership with Houston Enzymes to recognize physicians who have dedicated their practice to help children with autism. This past summer, the autism community lost Dr. Jeff Bradstreet. The first couple of days after he died, I read…

#Presidential Candidates Let’s Talk #Autism Plan

WHY HAVE A PLAN IN THE FIRST PLACE? As a country, we need to address this important health issue affecting 1 in 68 every US Children (1.) A more recent parent survey shows the number even higher at 1 in 45 (2.) Candidates need to know this should be a front-of-mind issue affecting many families living with autism. They also need to know we need help.

Thanks 2015 and Hello 2016

by Lisa Ackerman It’s the end of another year, 2015 is almost gone! Um…. That went fast!! Where did time go? (I know I write a variation of this every year. But I am serious about the time flying part!) As usual, TACA was a blur of constant activity this past year; helping families, building…

Things that go bump in the night

Guest blogger & Autism Super hero sibling: Culzean Giammatteo   After the school year came to a close in the summer of 2013, I spent most of my time indoors, on whatever electronic device I had access to, reading. On this particular evening I was reading like I normally do and my brother, Vico, was…

#GivingTuesday: This history & how to help non-profits

By Lisa Ackerman What comes after Thanksgiving Thursday? First, Black Friday. Then, Cyber Monday and don’t forget #GivingTuesday! Today is a day to support nonprofit organizations across the country. Just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become traditions in the United States, organizers are seeing #GivingTuesday as a tradition celebrating the joy of giving….