TACA Executive Director Receives Award

July 21, 2010

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Newport Beach , California - January 14, 2005 - TACA (Talk about Curing Autism) Executive Director Lisa Ackerman receives the Jae Davis Memorial Award for Community Service from the Organization for Autism Research (OAR.)

First Jae Davis Award Goes to TACA Founder Lisa Ackerman

OAR is proud to salute Lisa Ackerman, the co-recipient of the Jae Davis Memorial Award for Community Service. A bi-monthly feature, the Salute recognizes an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond for OAR and the autism community.

AckermanLike many moms of children with autism, Lisa Ackerman will do just about anything to help families new to the autism community. Having gone through the experience of dealing with her child's autism diagnosis with few resources to turn to, she single-handedly created an organization parents could go to for help. Now over four years later, her organization, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) boasts a huge database of resources for a growing number of southern California families.

"She has a kind of passion I can't describe," said Mary Romaniec, Ackerman's friend. "Lisa will always take a backseat in recognition. but she'll go to bat to help families not have to go through what we went through." Romaniec, along with three other mothers, nominated Ackerman for the Jae Davis Memorial Award for Community Service. At a surprise presentation arranged by the parents who nominated her, Ackerman received the award at a TACA meeting on Dec. 11.

Originally comprised of 10 families, TACA now has 1600 families on its membership rolls. The organization hosts monthly meetings in seven locations in southern California , matches new parents with mentors, trains local doctors about autism and provides information binders to new families. Ackerman, who has a 7-year-old son who has autism named Jeff, said approximately 10 to 40 families - both parents new to autism and those who are new to TACA - join each month to find out the latest information about biomedical and alternative therapies.

tacaBut the best part about TACA, said Romaniec, is that it is free. Other than a small fee for a 7-hour seminar for new parents, TACA is fueled by private and corporate donations. "Parents thank Lisa for referrals and for getting educated," Romaniec said. "She saves them time and energy."

Ackerman's selflessness is much like the namesake of the award, the late Jae Davis, who also mentored parents new to the autism community. "It's a tremendous honor to receive the award because of what Jae did," Ackerman said. "She was such an inspiration to me."

For the original article from OAR: www.researchautism.org/newsletter_view2.asp?ID=64

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About TACA :

TACA is a California based 501(c)(3) not for profit organization providing support and education to families affected by Autism. Since TACA's inception in November 2000, this all-parent volunteer organization has grown from 10 families to over 1,600. TACA now serves families in seven locations across California with a focus on building a community for families affected by autism. For more information about TACA and how it helps families, please contact us.

About OAR:

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001 - a product of a shared vision but unique life experiences of OAR's seven founders. Each has at least one son, daughter, or grandchild with autism, many of whom are adults. One Board member has both a son and daughter, now in their teens. All have been active in both local and national autism organizations for many years. That firmly held belief and their deep-rooted sense of service to the autism community inspired them to create OAR.

Led by these parents, grandparents, and relatives of children and adults with autism, OAR plans to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. To that end, OAR will seek broad-based support for its autism research programs across America and internationally through alliances with other autism research organizations and its own network of volunteers.

OAR is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia established in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code (Tax ID Number: 54- 2062167). As provided for under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia , a copy of OAR's financial statement is available from the State Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services upon request.

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