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... Continue Reading →
Need help now? Please wait FIVE MORE YEARS!
By Holly Bortfeld The US Government has spent $1.7 Billion dollars in your child’s name under the Combating Autism Act (aka The CAA). Do you feel your child has benefitted from any of that money? “How about all of the new treatments that money created?” Nope, not one. “How about the deep cuts in prevalence?”... Continue Reading →
IACC included in federal government shutdown
By Lisa Ackerman UPDATED OCTOBER 23, 2013 IACC Strategic Plan Update Workshop Due to the recent government closure, this workshop has been rescheduled. The new date/location is as follows: Friday, November 15, 2013 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern National Institutes of Health 1 Center Drive, Wilson Hall Bethesda, Maryland 20892 Map and Directions http://iacc.hhs.gov/events/index.shtml POST... Continue Reading →
Who is Dr. Bernard Rimland?
By Lisa Ackerman I am an old timer. Jeff was diagnosed with autism in 1998. Some folks have more time in this journey while others have less. There are several reasons why my family formed TACA; first, my son Jeff and the other was Bernie. Who is Bernie? Bernie was like an uncle to me;... Continue Reading →
1 in 88 or 1 in 50: Which Autism Rate will Prevail?
By Lisa Ackerman The rate of autism continues to change; it has skyrocketed. When TACA began as a foundation almost 13 years ago, incidence rate was 1 in every 1,000 children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revealed a parent survey update to this rate: Today, 1 in every 50 U.S. school-aged... Continue Reading →
Determining progress: A great tool for families & clinicians
By Lisa Ackerman The Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) is a great tool for clinicians and parents to evaluate treatments based on autistic symptoms. ATEC scores collected from thousands of families yield important clues to common treatments for ASD. Autism Research Institute has been collecting more than 26,000 parent surveys on common treatments. To see... Continue Reading →
FRAGILE (FRA-GEE-LAY): It must be Italian!
By Holly Bortfeld When we put our house on the market 9 years ago, we had professional cleaners and painters come in and do their thing. We had already moved out of state for better services so the place was bare, just carpets and walls. It was still a crime scene. The relator held an... Continue Reading →
By Lisa Ackerman Think autism or disabilities is uncommon? Think again. We are all one step away from a disability. 15% of the world population have a disability. Be grateful for what you have. If you do not have a disability or don't have loved ones with disabilities there by the grace of God you go.... Continue Reading →
Autism: It takes an entire family
by Guest Blogger: Nancy Cook A Grandmother’s Journey Everyone talks about being a mother and how devastating it is when your child diagnosed with autism. I bring a different perspective, that of a grandmother. My grandson was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 3. That day I not only lost my grandson, but I lost... Continue Reading →