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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Disabilities, Health, Human Services

Mission: Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism.

Results: TACA currently serves 48,000 families living with autism nationwide. We provide REAL HELP NOW to families and 95% of our programs and services are provided at no cost to families.

Target demographics: The 1 in 68 children and their families affected by autism

Direct beneficiaries per year: 48,000 people through our outreach and programs.

Geographic areas served: Providing education, support, information and a community across the nation.

Programs: Parent Education and Support through: Chapter Meetings & Coffee Talks Education Events, Autism Journey Guides Website, Support Hotline & Live-Chat Services Community Events Parent Mentoring TACA also provides: Spanish Outreach & Services Parent Mentoring Program

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Johna S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA has helped thousands of families, and when you think Autism help, the community thinks of TACA. When my child was diagnosed at 2.5 (in 2002), and doing research on how my family can get help, I just kept reading so many parents talking about how TACA directly helps families through so many volunteers. This is the organization that can help guide a family through most everything they need (medical resources, advocacy, school, therapies, etc). The most giving and caring group I have met. My family would be lost without the TACA people we have met.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed with autism in 2000 I was mired in grief when the answers for my son's pain were elusive to the medical community. Then I heard about a small group of parents meeting nearby who were helping each other to find the answers for their children. That group was eventually called Talk About Curing Autism. The first thing I learned from this group was that hope is real and that our kids can get better. It was the salve of healing I needed to go find answers for him. A little over two years later my son was declared recovered from autism by his pediatrician. Today he is a junior in high school, on the high honor roll, plays in the band and is on the cross country team. Oh, and we just signed him up for SAT and ACT tests because he is going to college! None of this would have been possible if not for TACA's support. This is why I am still involved as a chapter coordinator and volunteer. The gift of a future for my son is something I will always be grateful for, and seeing other families achieve the same for their child is what it is all about.

Christi O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed with Severe Autism, I felt so overwhelmed and alone. Over the years, I had to learn so much in order to help him, and he made some significant improvements. I vowed that if our lives got better to the point that I had the time, I wanted to use what I'd learned to help others not feel so alone and overwhelmed in their early days. TACA's mission fit exactly with my goal. I love working with TACA and helping families feel hopeful and watch their children improve and have a fun with their families and in their communities.

holly25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for TACA because it's the one autism organization that focuses on families and supports families wherever they are in their autism journey. As a volunteer I am able to share our experience to help other families through a very steep learning curve, and in the process I get to continue learning from an amazing community of parents and professionals who share my passion for helping our kids achieve their best quality of life possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I remember the first time I was able to attend a TACA meeting. We had been on our journey for a few years already, and it was amazing to be surrounded by other parents who shared my passion for healing and supporting our kids. Raising a child with autism can be so isolating, and TACA helps us connect and stay positive and focused on helping our kids. Being involved with TACA (both as a parent of a child with autism and as a volunteer) has helped my family immeasurably. No other organization focuses on helping families RIGHT NOW the way TACA does. I also really appreciate that TACA isn't focused on just one issue -at TACA, the most important issue in autism is the one that you and your family is struggling with today. It might be IEP and school district challenges. It might be medical concerns (I joke that at TACA meetings we inevitably end up talking about poop and food), it might be conservatoriships or special needs trusts, but the wealth of info on the website and in the Journey Guide is powerful and easy to access. Because of the army of awesome volunteers, TACA reaches many families who otherwise might have no other resource for information and social interaction (TACA picnics and family events are THE BEST!). It's also iportant to note that TACA is fiscally responsible stretching every dollar to help as many families as possible. I'm so grateful to TACA for all they have done for my family, and I'm humbled and proud to be a part of the organization as a volunteer.

1 Silvia5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for TACA! Most caring parents and coordinators have and are still helping me with my own Journey to heal my two autistic boys. I pay it forward by doing the same and empowering parents, by giving them tools to succeed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only has TACA paved the way for Families. It has helped many families and including my family as well. By serving our community and Across the country. I am honored to stand by this Great Organization! I volunteer as well to help other families as TACA did for my family. This is my way of paying it forward. Giving free support with Monthly Coffee talks, Free webinars, A free journey guide. 1;1 parent mentor all for free!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for TACA 8 years ago. TACA is the smartest, most dedicated autism organization there is, helping parents find resources, learn advocacy skills and supporting families to get their kids healthy and achieve their true potential.

Joanna10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for TACA. There are very few autism organizations that actually provide real help and family support. My family has personally received mentorship, medical grants, camp scholarships, and more. The meetings provide not only invaluable information from professionals, the support from the other parents and TACA volunteers is unsurpassed. Autism is so lonely and I've made amazing friends through TACA. I am now an active TACA volunteer and parent mentor, but I get so much more than I could ever give back.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is hands-down the best autism resource for families. It offers so much more than awareness! It is an action plan and gives families a road map for getting their children in the best possible help. There is so much support offered - a personal parent mentor, 24-hour live chat, regular meetings and family events. Most importantly, TACA gives families hope - for treatment, recovery, and a future. I cannot say enough about the value of TACA to families affected by autism.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We found TACA through another autism mom. What a blessing! I spent my days taking my child to various therapies and my nights researching diet, biomedical intervention etc. The hours spent on the internet took time away from my family. TACA has the research right at your fingertips on their website. You also realize that you are not alone in the journey. The best advice I've received in our autism journey was from other TACA moms who paved the way before us. I'm especially proud that 95% of what TACA offers to families is free! I am eternally grateful to TACA.

Lisa Ann P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA changed our lives. To explain would take all day. TACA offers support, education, hope, and endless resources that changed our lives immeasurably. Autism never ends and neither do our efforts and our need for support and education on the latest and greatest.

Simran M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nine years ago they gave us hope that we could help our son. That autism didn't mean his life was over. Today I volunteer for TACA so that I can share and spread that same hope to parents. Parents need to know they are not alone on this journey because support is critical. A parent that is armed with education is a strong advocate parent that can fight for their child. That is what TACA helped me become.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Six years ago autism entered our lives. I will be forever grateful to the parent the led me in the direction of TACA. We were so lost, confused and didn't know what to do. Thanks to Lisa and the wonderful volunteers my family found support. We found that we were not alone and so many parents were in our same journey. We attended monthly meetings, new parent conferences, law days, medical conferences and received an Autism Journey Guide, all which helped us greatly. It was so nice that there was a group the wasn't going to charge us an arm and a leg to listen to well known docs or have our questions answered by special ed attorneys. So much TACA provided us was free or very low cost. Six years ago autism was pretty scary. Thanks to TACA it's a lot less scary and lonely. With TACA we were given hope and a new family and we knew we'd never be alone again. I am so incredibly grateful to TACA for what they have done for my family and many more like mine all over the country. We absolutely could not have done this without TACA.