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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 over 55,000 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 59 children and their families affected by autism

Direct beneficiaries per year: 55,000 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 Community Events Parent Mentoring National Conferences in California and Georgia Webinars and online parent education

Community Stories

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

VanessaS

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA was the first organization that truly helped guide our family and give us endless hope and support after our sons autism diagnosis over a decade ago. I currently proudly volunteer for TACA and support families in my county. TACA is changing families lives for the better everyday

Donor

Rating: 5

TACA is a game changer! As parents with a 23 year old with ASD we were constantly searching for the latest in resources for our daughter. I attended a 3 day TACA national conference a few years ago and could not believe the amazing resources/studies right before my eyes. From that point on I joined my local TACA coffee talk group and have found such amazing support and information during our monthly gatherings. TACA is without a doubt the best national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families going through the ASD journey by providing resources and offering ongoing support.

1 Silvia M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with TACA since 2010! Volunteering as much as I could since, my boys wouldn’t ever engage with me of my husband. As if they had no soul in their eyes. Trapped in their own body. Today we have better days than bad days thanks for TACA. 8 years later going strong! I know give back nexus their is #HOPE for everyone!❤️

2 mrspicardal

Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA has been such a huge support to me and my family! I would not have been able to get my son the help he needed if I had not found TACA! My son has made so
Much progress with the support of TACA! Thank you TACA for all you do for Autism families!

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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 was there for me when my son was diagnosed with autism at age 2, I wish all parents knew about this amazing organization and all the amazing staff and volunteers that are available to help you navigate your child’s options. It is literally my dream that upon an ASD diagnosis, neurologists would hand parents TACA’s Journey Guide and let them know there’s hope and they’re not alone.

2 Jennifer I.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA has been my family since my daughter's diagnosis. All you have to do is ask and you have an amazing group of parents and professionals to help you figure out how to help your child. TACA is unique because they truly share the daily struggles, triumphs with you. On days that you are in tears they are there, on days you are elated with the progress your child has made they are there. Such a blessing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA saved my son’s life!!! I cannot thank you enough for helping me bring my son back!! I ❤️❤️❤️❤️ TACA!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA has been a life line to our family for over 9 years now. Support ,education, coffee talks, autism friendly events - we have been fortunate to have enjoyed so many positive experiences. We also were lucky to receive a scholarship and meet a wonderful doctor who has become a part of our autism community. I can't express how much TACA has meant to us, and as a family with 3 affected kids we can use all the positive support we can find. Thank you for all you do for our families TACA!

2 Francheska E M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We Love TACA!!! My family and I get so much support, educational information and great events for our family to attend! I don’t know where we would be without TACA! They have helped so much! Thank you TACA for all you do! I am now in a place I can give back and have recently become a TACA Mentor! So glad to be part of the TACA team!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA has absolutely changed my whole family for the better. When my son was diagnosed with Autism, a friend told me that I had to go to a TACA meeting. Before that, I was lost and alone. Once I got there, I was lifted up by a community of other autism parents who could guide me with their "been there/done that" expertise that has made our journey so much easier. TACA gave me the resources and confidence to help my son deal with his medical issues and educational struggles. He is doing so much better and I owe it all to TACA!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with autism in 2008 at age 2. After the diagnosis, my husband and I felt completely overwhelmed and alone. It wasn't until a TACA mom spotted us at a birthday party and asked if our child had a diagnosis. She lead us to our first TACA coffee talk. From that moment on, we were not alone. We had support, we had guidance and we had a plan. At the first meeting, I was giving a magnificent Journey Guide which I still rely on to this day. It was filled with information on all things about treating autism. And even better, I have a community of families who have been through the same things we are going through. I have monthly Coffee Talks and meetings, as well as a nationwide community through TACA's yahoo groups. Whenever I have a questions, I just e-mail it to the group and by the end of the day, I have an answer from someone who has the answer. Without TACA, my child simply wouldn't have made the gains he has. He has gone from a non-verbal, uncommunicative toddler without eye contact and with serious behavior issues to an incredibly verbal, smart, funny and loving boy who amazes us every day. TACA guided us to the best traditional therapies and providers for us, the GFCFSF diet (which was the first step in his recovery) to other biomedical treatments. We were lucky to receive one of TACA's scholarships to see a MAPS/DAN! doctor. Now we have a traditional and biomedical protocol that is actually healing our son. Thanks to TACA and doctor advice, we started B12 shots for our son on January 1, 2012 (almost a year ago). At that point he had simple 5 word sentences and limited eye contact. The morning after the first shot when we came into his bedroom, he looked us straight in the eye and said, "Good morning Mommy and Daddy. I'm playing with my Harry Potter legos. Would you like to join me? It's lots of fun!" We were speechless. And we are grateful. And now I am a TACA mentor. I want to share this information that only families with Autism have acquired. Thank you TACA! TACA is the best thing that has happened to us since Autism!

4 Christi O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA is a truly selfless organization. It's Families helping Families. Nothing to be gained but to see other families thrive and improve. The goal grew out of families affected by Autism wanting to share, to help one another do the best for themselves and affected family or friends that they can. As it's grown, that goal has not changed, but the power and reach of TACA has! I LOVE this organization and am proud to volunteer as part of it. Every week, if not every day, I see people helped as part of this great organization!

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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.

3 Scott B.4

Donor

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed with autism, we didn't know where to turn for help and everyone we talked to gave us conflicting advice. 12 years later, I'm amazed at how TACA has truly changed the landscape and the lives of these children. Our kids are less sick and less impaired because of TACA. Thank you for being such a blessing to us and others!

1 Jacqueline G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA has offered my family support, advice, and opportunities for both myself and my son. Discovering I had a community to turn to was one of the most important things that helped info my son's recovery and I still learn more from them every. Single. Day. Thank you TACA!

1 Natasha L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love how TACA has amazing resources to help inform and support families affected by Autism. The fact that they have a growing number of chapters throughout the US, means they are supporting these same families on the local community level!
I am a volunteer for TACA and I'm happy that I can help mentor families through the early stages of diagnosis and finding community and state resources that they NEED to help their child(ren). What a great benefit to the autism community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without TACA my son would probably not be alive. Literally. Families need groups like TACA to help them help their children. The guidance and support this group has provided over the years is immeasurable. Parent Mentors, grants, training, recommendations for providers. I could go on and on. The website is hands down the most comprehensive and informative place for autism that exists. I have been grateful for all TACA has done for my my family in the past 16 years.

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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 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.

1 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.