Talk About Curing Autism Receives $300,000 Grant from Pacific Life Foundation to Provide Services for Families Affected by Autism in Orange County

July 21, 2010

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January 9, 2009 - Costa Mesa, CA - Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $300,000 grant from the Newport Beach based Pacific Life Foundation.  As a direct result of this generous contribution, TACA will launch three new programs for Orange County, California families including a Spanish-language program, the addition on an in house advocate to provide education, training and support for families, and scholarships that would allow families to procure independent assessments for their children.  All of these programs are offered at no charge to families affected by families.

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States affecting 1 in 150 children. TACA serves more than 14,000 families annually, with 95% of their programs and services provided at no charge for families.  Because of the rapid increase in the rate of autism, more than 400 new families each month seek out TACA for help and support.

"We are so grateful to the Pacific Life Foundation for recognizing the needs of children with autism and their families," said TACA Executive Director Lisa Ackerman.  "It has been my dream for several years to provide these services to families, and now because of the generosity and leadership of Pacific Life we are able to achieve that dream and help so many more families."

Please visit tacanow.org for more information about the programs and services TACA provides.

About TACA

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national organization, headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, dedicated to providing information, resources, and support to 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 people with autism be the best they can be.  Approximately 95 percent of TACA's services are provided at no charge and include education and support meetings, parent mentoring, and the Autism Journey Guide.

About Pacific Life Foundation

Offering insurance since 1868, Pacific Life provides a wide range of life insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans. With more than half of the 100 largest U.S. companies as its clients, Pacific Life is also a member of the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association (IMSA), whose membership promotes high ethical standards for the sale of individual life insurance and annuities.  Pacific Life has long recognized the importance of helping communities address and resolve their problems and has a record of community involvement that spans the 140 year history of the Company. That commitment continues to the present day and is reflected in an annual $5.3 million charitable giving program as well as in the generous volunteer activity of Pacific Life's employees.