Accomplishments 2000 thru 2005

Current Accomplishments

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a not-for-profit organization focused on building the autism community by connecting people – families, friends and professionals. Our focus in on sharing information which can help children with autism be the best they can be. Some of the history & key accomplishments include:

  • TACA founded in November 2000 in the Ackerman living room with 10 families.
    • By the end of December 2002 TACA had grown to over 500 members.
    • In December 2003 TACA had grown to 1,000 members.
    • Moved TACA meetings from Ackerman home to Vineyard Church in Costa Mesa May 2002.
  • First TACA newsletter (ENEWS) via email to parent in January 2002.
    • TACA enews now reaches over 2,300 parents and professionals
  • TACA and Executive Director was recognized on the California State Capitol floor for April 2002 Autism Awareness month.
    • Follow up recognition received April 2003 for Autism Awareness Month
  • OC Register article on TACA and our efforts April 2002.
  • TACA created our New Parent Information Binder May 2002.
    • As of June 2004, TACA distributes approximately 50 binders (now over 250 pages each) to new families each month.
  • First physician training and dinner on autism treatments occurred in June 2002. Follow up training in May 2003 & June 2004. These efforts have now cultivated four new Southern California doctors specializing in autism treatments.
  • Created parent mentor program of volunteer, seasoned parents assisting families with a newly diagnosed child in November 2002.
    • Almost 50 parent mentors are now available
  • Creation of this website as our primary communication mechanism December 2002.
    • Average hits per month: 10,000
  • Added TACA West Hills location in December 2002.
  • TACA requested 501C3 status and was granted the status February 13, 2003.
  • TACA social events for families created in February 2003 at South Coast Plaza.
  • Added TACA Corona location in April 2003.
  • TACA's Executive Director receives the McKinley Center Honors "Heroes of the Heart" award - May 2003
  • Cure Autism Now - Honor of your Leadership & Contribution for parent support- 2003
  • The Autism Perspective - Hearts N' Arts Autism Awareness Award presented to Lisa and TACA - 2004
  • Initial fundraising efforts successful with first $150,000 raised in May 2003.
  • Added TACA San Diego location in May 2003.
  • Creation of TACA's lending library of books, audio, video and other materials free to families in November 2003.
  • Added TACA Torrance location in November 2003.
  • Added TACA Visalia and Santa Rosa locations in May 2004.
  • First new parent seminar 8-hour orientation in June 2004 with over 45 attendees. These are now held on a quarterly basis. To date over 100 families have attended.
  • TACA's Executive Director receives the Jae Davis Award for Community Service from the Organization for Autism Research - December 2004