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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

36 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.

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.

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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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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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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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA has provided so much knowledge for me to learn how to best advocate for my son. Their workshops, website and free publication guides have helped with topics from bathroom issues to dealing with a teen. I am so thankful for all the resources and support that they provide.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA is the only place I would ever recommend to a family with a newly diagnosed child with autism.
The help and education that goes directly to families is astounding and truly helps shorten the "learning curve" for treatments and therapies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA has been a wonderful resource for our family for over 10 years. They have provided education, counseling, workshops and fun for our family that we could not get anywhere else.
TACA helps kids with autism and their families like no other organization.
It's so hard to go places as a family when your child has behaviors caused by autism. TACAs family picnics and events with Santa give our son and his siblings a place to have fun and be himself without the worry of people staring or saying unkind things.
TACA is an extended family for all of the families who show up needing help. You get help, hugs, and information and guidance to help your child heal and get advice to help your child receive an education. My son is now in high school in general ed and on schedule to graduate with his class. I don't know if we would have made it this far without TACA. ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Free resources for every aspect of raising autistic children from knowledgeable staff. Access to top rated professionals regarding IDEA issues, medial information and family support. Scholarships for all activities that cost and plenty of free family fun. TACA has been a lifeline to me and my family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA saved us when our son was diagnosed with autism! Thanks to TACA, we found information and hope! Our son has come so far thanks to the help we found at TACA!

5 Lisa Ann P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent who's family has been positively changed because of Taca. From a very affordable or even scholarship conference education to the endless web pages of information on how to help my child. Taca offers free journey guides and webinars by some of the most knowledgeable doctors in the field. Most importantly, taca provided a parent mentor to help me navigate this unbelievably difficult path.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA has been like life support to me and my family over the last 8 years on this Autism Journey. I have gained tremendous knowledge and made amazing friendships. Having the support from someone that has walked in my shoes has been amazing. Thank you to everyone at TACAnow

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with TACA since my son was diagnosed in 2004. Over the last ten years, TACA has provided me so much in education, support, and most importantly, hope. I have attended conferences, meetings, and coffee talks. Eventually, I became a mentor to help other parents. I'm writing this review as a client served because I feel that TACA has given me so much more than I could ever pay back by volunteering.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA does amazing work to connect families at all parts of their journeys through autism to the help that they need, whether it is another parent through their mentoring program or finding health practitioners, for example. Navigating services, therapies and treatments can be overwhelming. TACA really helps break it down for the family. Having these connections really speeds up the time the child gets the diagnosis to the time they find help. I can't say enough good things about this organization. I don't know where our family would be today without the help of TACA.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Getting connected with TACA was one of the biggest turning points in our journey through Autism. They provide so much detailed and useful information to families in a format that is not overwehlming. Their parent mentor program is also amazing. With TACA our family felt like they had gained a bigger family and were assured that we were not alone in this thing called Autism.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no other organization like TACA for families with kids with autism. They have so much information out there and mentors that are beyond helpful in this journey. They hold monthly meetings and coffee talks in my area and all the mothers are so incredibly nice.

Their website and resources online are impeccable. They have webinars often and will do anything to help if you ask.

Alice35

Client Served

Rating: 5

TACA and it's resources are the reason I was confident enough to put my son on GFCF diet; arguably the reason he is happy and pain-free today! Thank you TACA for this and the million other ways you support me in his recovery from autism.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. I have been help so many times by TACAs website and events. Highly recommend to anyone on the autism journey. Not only for parents, but anyone wanting information on autism.