Goodbye 2013, HELLO 2014

By Lisa Ackerman It’s the end of another year (didn’t I just write this?), GOODBYE 2013! Hello 2014! As usual, TACA was a whirlwind of activity all year; helping families, educating about autism and treatments, and expanding our community. This could not have happened without the INCREDIBLE people dedicated to the TACA mission. Thank you... Continue Reading →


By Lisa Ackerman Last year we had a great thought:  let’s share what our kids living with autism ACCOMPLISHED that year. We hear all about the major efforts living with autism but how about accomplishments to hopefully inspire others and to enjoy our achievements together.  Our kids work so hard overcoming obstacles. Let's share those... Continue Reading →

Autism in Minneapolis: 1 in 48

By Lisa Ackerman An important new study from the University of Minnesota has been published regarding the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) population in Minneapolis. The results:   ASD overall rate: 1 in 48.  Another major finding is in the Somali population autism rates are 1 in 32. Here is how the study got underway: In October... Continue Reading →

Autism research funding and redundancy in spending

By Lisa Ackerman A new analysis of government funding has revealed important findings showing there has been duplication of research funding.  One report specifically addresses the spending of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC – 1.)  I found this a bit ironic – isn’t that what a coordinating committee does, monitor spending of funds?   Here... Continue Reading →

What am I thankful for?

By Lisa Ackerman During this time of the year you see a lot of people sharing what they are thankful for. I am no different. I like that this time of the year gives you an opportunity to say thank you to many important people in our lives: -          Thank you to our TACA chapters,... Continue Reading →

TACA’s 14th Anniversary

By Lisa Ackerman This month, 14 years ago the first TACA meeting was held in my family’s living room. Wow, it’s been 14 years! Back then, I was scared and starved for information.  Our son was 3 years old and diagnosed with autism.   We did not know what to do.  We were hoping that by... Continue Reading →

United we stand, divided we fall

By guest blogger: Ali Hoffman – TACA Volunteer Maryland The autism community is the most divided community in the world.  Some say it’s a disability, some say it’s an opportunity to celebrate diversity, and most say - that’s not my (child’s) autism.  What one group does to support families is viewed as offensive to another... Continue Reading →

First National Housing Survey Results

By Lisa Ackerman On November 13, 2013 Autism Speaks released their National Housing Survey Results. Ten thousand families and some individuals living with autism responded to the survey. The goal was to find more about the needs for individuals living with autism – what happens when these children become adults? One urgent finding: "84% of... Continue Reading →

Our Two Pound Miracles

More from TACA Family stories! They say autism is a marathon, not a sprint, and I have to say I agree with that sentiment. Our marathon began in 2006 with the arrival of my identical twin sons, born at 26 weeks. Three weeks later we received a call in the middle of the night that... Continue Reading →

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