Thanks 2018 and Hello 2019

  by Lisa Ackerman What just happened? Where did 2018 go? Did I experience a time warp? It feels like the time to compose this note presents itself just a little bit faster each year. Faster, though it may be, there’s no shortage of activity to report and I always enjoy the opportunity to catch…

Autism and Mental Health

By Lisa Ackerman   This month I just spent a weekend with hundreds of doctors and nurses at the Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH) conference (1). This conference was about innovative treatments outside the standard prescription pad for mental health issues. Our goal for TACA families is to share the TACA mission in hopes…

Stem Cells, Autism and New Research

By Gita Gupta Autism affects 1 in 68 U.S. children (1.) FDA-approved treatments for autism address issues like irritability, but there are very few treatments for the core symptoms like impairments in communication and behavior. That’s probably because there isn’t enough research focus on understanding and addressing the abnormal changes seen in the body’s functioning…

#Autism Awareness NEEDS ACTION during April

By Lisa Ackerman   Hi April! You’re back! My 17th autism awareness month is kicking off in hours. (Yes, I am tracking the hours!)  Here we go again!  This is a great opportunity to dig in, inspire and motivate our community to move awareness into action for this April.   Many diseases and conditions have…

Every month is #Autism Action month again!

by Lisa Ackerman My 15th autism awareness year has come to a conclusion. I have experienced 15 of these months asking for the same efforts – awareness. With the numbers now being 1 in 68 (1), I would love to meet someone that is not aware or affected by autism and the toll it takes…

Wonder Twin Powers UNITE for #Autism

  By Gabriella True – TACA Co-Coordinator Connecticut   I have twin boys who will be 11 years old this summer and one of them has autism. Although Timmy was diagnosed with autism just prior to his third birthday, he’s been in therapy since the second day of his life. His twin brother, Xander, and…

Every month is AUTISM Action month

by Lisa Ackerman Yesterday, my 14th autism awareness came to a conclusion. I have experienced 13 of these months asking for the same efforts – awareness. With the numbers now being 1 in 68 (1), I would love to meet someone that is not aware or affected by autism and the toll it takes on…

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…

GOAL!!!!

By guest blogger & TACA dad Chris Benbow “Dad, I miss hockey.” That’s what my 6 year-old son, who has autism, said to me a couple of weeks ago as we were getting ready for dinner. I can honestly say that I never expected to hear those words from him. I’m a sports guy. I…

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…

Celebrate Autism?

By Lisa Ackerman I’m seeing many messages from around the world where people are preparing for Autism Awareness Month.  Autism affects so many people that the month of April has been designated to help with increasing its awareness. Some of the messaging being sent out includes “celebrate autism.”  I don’t have a cute picture for…