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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

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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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!

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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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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To say that TACA is amazing is an understatement. They have helped our family with so much over the past 8 years since our son was first diagnosed with autism. The autism journey is very confusing and overwhelming, but TACA has taught us how to navigate through it all. With the help and guidance that they have given us, our family has learned how to advocate for our son to get him the services/treatments that he needs in order to be healthy and succeed in life - he is doing very well now thanks to them. Our family loves and appreciates TACA so much that we decided to become volunteers for them. They are a fantastic organization and we feel very fortunate to have found them.

5 Gammicca

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As parents of a son living with autism, we will be forever grateful for the support, access to information and resources, and feeling of community we've obtained from TACA. Our son would never be where he is today without this amazing organization!

5 Tiffanydcarter

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA teaches families that the window never closes, and whether your child is 2 or 22, hope remains. With TACA, I have a community of people that not only say "me too", but "I'm here to help you"; not merely spreading awareness, but setting an example with action--inspiring others to do the same. The autism community is fortunate to have such an amazing and truly caring organization. Thank you.

5 Simran M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to TACA we got the help and support we so desperately needed for our family. Without them we wouldn't be where we are today. TACA helped us so much that now I volunteer helping other families just like mine.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA is an incredible organization. The volunteers provide excellent information and also give a sense of community and belonging. Many parents come to TACA after having been shamed elsewhere for wanting to help their child(ren). I know, because I was one of those parents. TACA provided such helpful information to me, that when I was able to, I was excited and grateful to be able to help as a volunteer.

3 mumtojackson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TACA is an amazing organization. I started with them as a parent looking for help for my son and going to their meetings, and now I'm honored to be a mentor to other parents. Lisa Ackerman is a saint and all the work she does is so appreciated to parents like me. Even though we've been on our autism journey for 12+ years, I still use the TACA website as a resource. It's designed well and has gobs and gobs of info!! I cannot speak more highly of TACA!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Taca is like having a giant extended family with members that understand and help you along each step of your journey. They offer many amazing events each year, along with monthly meetings and coffee talks. The mentor program is also outstanding.
Taca is Not just for newly diagnosed families, but for any/all families living with autism. They really do go above and beyond... I love my TACA family... perhaps a little more than my blood family ;) #realhelprealfamily

3 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.

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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.

2 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.

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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.