17th #autism awareness month comes to a close

  by Lisa Ackerman My 17th autism awareness month came to a conclusion yesterday. 17. I have experienced 17 of these months asking for the same efforts – awareness.  With the numbers now 1 in 68 or the newer 1 in 45 parent survey (1.)  I would love to meet someone that is not aware…

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…

Calling all Family and Friends for #AutismActionApril

By Lisa Ackerman   Yes, that means you! This is an “all hands on deck” to help families and you can help! It is time for the TACA Family & Friends campaign.   It is hard to believe how far we have come in the past 17 years. Wow, 17 years! (You can’t call me…

#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…

#AutismSuperHeroes: A wish for a friend

  I was recently reading a post on Education.com. It was titled “Do Kids Need Friends?” The introduction really tore at my heart. It said: “Human beings are social beings. Responsiveness is built in; we come into the world programmed to respond and relate to others. Even infants turn their heads in response to the…

What is #Autism and Why do I have it?

By Melody Benbow – TACA Co-coordinator New Jersey We knew one day Cal would ask this question, however, in my head I always thought I would be so much more prepared with an answer. Instead, I stumbled through my words and gave an answer I was not satisified with. So, I turned to some of the…

Every autism journey is different. This is our story.

By Alison Hamilton – TACA Maryland Co-coordinator   I have a complicated, funny, priceless girl named Leah, who will be 15 this summer. She was diagnosed just before her third birthday, a week after the birth of her sisters, Lauren and Maddie, both neuro-typical. The twins can’t remember a world without autism in it; only…

Why support/give your money to TACA?

  By Christi O’Neal TACA Georgia Volunteer Co-coordinator   I love Friends and Family TACA Fundraising time of the year. It’s funny because I hate asking people for money. But I’ve found that by looking through old photos, like I did last year to thank people for their support, that it is like a little…

13th autism awareness month comes to a close

by Lisa Ackerman At the end of today, my 13th autism awareness is coming to a conclusion. 13. I have experienced 13 of these months asking for the same efforts – awareness.  With the numbers now 1 in 88 or the new 1 in 50 parent survey (1) I would love to meet someone that…

They Blinded Me with SCIENCE

By Lisa Ackerman In 1998, when my son was first diagnosed with autism, I was one of the early internet subscribers. The internet was just born and I would dial in. I would hear the loud squawks of my modem and would then start looking at research and treatments for autism. It was a desert…

Autism Action Month: Get activated!

By Lisa Ackerman Autism affects so many people that the month of April has been designated to help with increasing its awareness. To kick off autism action month TACA has a plan to build awareness with activation with a press release, social media and campaign plan to support TACA’s mission and families living with autism (1.) This…