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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

115 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Taca helped me during my time of need...a time when I felt alone and uneducated about my son's condition. It is a wonderful organization and it played a large role in leading us to recovery. I am so happy that I am now a volunteer mentor so I can work alongside this organization and their very important and life changing work.

Vanessa S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been on the autism journey with our son for over 9 years now. Before TACA we felt isolated, overwhelmed and desperately needed friendship, support and useful information to help us with our son. We found this and more with TACA. TACA's mentor program got us connected and we haven't looked back since then. That was when our son was just about 3. He is almost 12 now. Thank you TACA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed at 2 1/2 we were devasted and trying to cope as well as we could as there were 2 other girls in our family that were 6 and 8 at the time and they needed us to. We needed emotional, medical, nutritional help and more and TACA helped us with all of that. I am now proudly a TACA mentor and do my best to help guide new families on this journey the way my mentor did 6 years ago. Thanks TACA

Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA is an amazing organization that was helped my family and countless other families. When my son was little and going through intensive ABA, there was one Christmas when I realized that we didn't have enough money to buy my son's medicines, get him and toy and have a Christmas dinner. TACA adopted my family for the holiday and sent us 2 months worth of my son's meds, they sent toys, food and moral support - Basically they sent Christmas. I have never and will never forget that Christmas and what TACA did for us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA is the reason our son went from non-verbal and severely delayed (over 50% across all areas) to a mainstreamed highly verbal elementary student. TACA is a group of people dedicated to helping other families find the resources and support they need to help their children affected by autism. The money goes to help families with everything from workshops, mentors, events, educational materials and professional advice. Most importantly it is a support network where you get not just the information you need, but a big hug from someone who REALLY understands. Sometimes, just knowing someone is there to answer your call and let you cry until you are done, is more valuable than anything else. But your mentor, won't let you drown in pity, they will also give you the kick in the pants to go back out there and fight. The people at TACA give you strength when you don't know if you can take another day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I love about TACA, (besides everything) is the community, love, and respect among the volunteers. Never have I seen such a great group of people who truly love each other, love what they do, and believe in what they do. They are truly a very devoted clan of families whose only mission is help other families with children diagnosed with autism.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA is where you find answers when no one knows how to help you, your child and your family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a volunteer for TACA and helping families because without TACA, my family--especially my son would not be where he is today. 6 years ago my son was non-verbal, have severe behaviors, eloped, and had extreme difficulty communicating. My TACA mentor (and a mother I adore and love to this day), helped me get the help and resources I needed to help my son. She introduced me to TACA and 5 years later I still enjoy volunteering and learning how I can further help my son and others. Autism is hard but my son works harder everyday and I will never give up hope for him. I love that once you find TACA, you are never alone..because it's true. I have made lifelong friends and truly amazing women who look up to and adore!! I love TACA!

Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA changed my life 16 years ago. When my son was diagnosed with autism I was devastated. When TACA Foind me they taught me how to
help my son it more importantly they taught me about HOPE

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a marriage and family therapist who works with families with special needs, I am continually referring families and individuals who need support to TACA. I am so grateful that TACA has so many resources available to families dealing with autism. The support and education and hope they provide to the autistic community is invaluable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA changed our live, we were lost after my son ASD diagnosis 4 years ago, two months later I attended the first meeting of TACA Texas chapter and I got the best information ever, I got a plan and hope, it was eye opening, I was going to help my kid with better tools than just therapy. So far my son have been progressing everyday he came from being moderate on the spectrum to be able to start Kindergarten in General Education full time with minimum support. I have been volunteering for TACA for 3 years now and I think my passion is to help parents that are starting on this journey as I know the impact those TACA ladies made in our family and in my son's live. THANK YOU TACA

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm mother of a young boy with Austism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Food Allergies, Hypoglycemia and Hypothyroidism.
In one fail swoop, TACA has provided me the support I've needed to find help for my son.

Words can not express how grateful I am for the help TACA has provided to our family.
And I know that they help other families because I've meet multiple families who support TACA.
TACA provides a community for families who have a child with Autism, ADHD or any of the comorbid medical conditions that you find with Autism.
Please support TACA and help struggling families find support through this difficult journey.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA has made the biggest difference in my life and my sons. Without the support of TACA I don't know what we would do. My son has made so much improvements in the 2 years I've been getting help from TACA. I tell everyone I talk to about how much TACA has helped our family. I have learned so much from other parents, the website and my TACA mentor. I always Thank God that I found TACA!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TACA was there to offer hope and I so appreciate that the website has so much information for easy access but the real lifeline is being able to have a mentor who has been through this all already and being able to be with other parents wanting to have action and steps to take to help their child to be the best that they can be.

Thank you, TACA, and I can't tell you how many people I have helped by sending them the link to your diet page.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with TACA for over 10 years and am so impressed at the level of help they offer to families and at how well everything is organized. I get to show up and know what I am doing and where I am supposed to be. The support both in front and behind the scenes is phenomenal.

Thank you TACA for being Real Help Now for so many.

3 DrDeniseEckman

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional who has provided services to families with autism for almost two decades, TACA has proven to be an amazing organization providing information, support and hope to those who need it. TACA empowers and educates families to provide their children with the best access to treatment, professionals, and community resources to improve their quality of life. New members know that they have a community of mentors, family, and friends who not only know what it is like to be in their shoes, but have paved the way for them. My clients and their families have gained and accessed invaluable information and connections through TACA and is the first place I recommend for them to start. From conferences, webinars, parent support meetings, coffee talks to the yearly family picnic, autism-friendly events, and community outreach, TACA has provided a place of support and information for thousands of families across the country.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The support I received through TACA has literally saved my son's life! We have been on this autism adventure for over fifteen years and I can honestly say the TACA team of talented volunteers have been there every step of the way. They have connected me to fabulous physicians, provided endless informative trainings, provided mentoring support, and helped with a scholarship recently when my son's illness forced me to leave my job as a single mom. Meeting LIsa back in 2003 and becoming part of the TACA family has been the best thing that could happen to us. We are TACA strong because of the fabulous support this group provides family each and every day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA has been a source of comfort, friendship, and support for our family for years. The purpose of TACA is clear: real help for families living with autism. Few organizations stay true to their mission. TACA is the exception, and exemplifies what it means to be a compassionate community organization. - Jo Ashline

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA is amazing. Truly the best resource for families with autism. I volunteer for TACA because TACA has helped my own family so much and I am honored to pay it forward and do whatever I can to contribute to this extraordinary organization. TACA provides more direct help to families with autism than any other autism organization. When you join TACA you don't just get help, resources, and support. You get a new family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is an AWESOME organization! They have changed my family's life tremondously. The BEST place we found for helping my child years ago and now I am a volunteer helping so many other families.

5 Silvia5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Volunteer serving and helping families added by autism. Gives them so much hope and to never give up. TACA has helped my family tremendously and it helped my boys as well. Thank you TACA for all that you do.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA is amazing! We support it any way we can and we have benefitted greatly from its support, services, and vast amounts of information and networking. We have two kids on the spectrum and the day we attended our first TACA conference was the day we felt hope and knew there was a network of parents who've walked in our shoes and can help guide us through this crazy journey. We never stop learning and TACA has been a huge piece of that. If anyone ever asks me about great organizations, this is the first to come to mind.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a parent TACA has gone to help with resources And events for kids:
Especially the TACA Coffee Talks helps supports parents like me