Parents of special needs students in O.C. rejoice over new guidelines for in-person instruction

By DAN ALBANO | | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: August 26, 2020 at 4:58 p.m. | UPDATED: August 27, 2020 at 8:44 a.m. Lisa Ackerman heard the news shortly after her morning run on Wednesday, Aug. 26, and wept. The executive director and founder of Irvine-based TACA, better known as The Autism Community in Action, reacted to new state guidelines that allow […]

Autism community ‘scared to death’ with students losing ground as distance learning continues

By DAN ALBANO | | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: August 24, 2020 at 7:52 a.m. | UPDATED: August 24, 2020 at 8:51 a.m. As the mother of three young children on the autism spectrum, Laurie Kubasek strives to be masterful juggler. She constantly strategizes ways to divide her time between an 8-year-old daughter who enjoys designing costumes, a 7-year-old son who loves […]

How To Document Your Child’s Progress

Your child works hard every day at school, therapy, and home. However, progress can be hard to see on a day to day basis. Therefore, in this article, you will find suggestions on ways to document your child’s progress. Doing so will help you and your child’s team of professionals determine if an intervention is […]

Autism Prevalence is Now 1 in 54, Signifying the Seventh Increase in Prevalence Rates Reported by the CDC Since 2000

IRVINE, Calif., March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —  The Autism Community in Action (TACA) shared the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, autism prevalence has taken another jump in the wrong direction. A once rare disability in 1970 at 1 to 2 in every 10,000 U.S. children has continued to rise to 1 in 54 […]

West Coast Conference

Conference DetailsScheduleSpeakersSponsors & ExhibitorsHotel InfoDownloadsPractitioner CME Workshop Join hundreds of parents and professionals to learn the latest in research, treatment options and therapies for individuals with autism. The National TACA Autism West Coast Conference will feature three days, and now four tracks of presentations to cover all aspects and levels of the autism journey. Topics will […]

Family Carnival 2020

August 16, 2020 11:00am-3:30pm Oak Canyon Park 5305 Santiago Canyon Rd, Silverado CA  92676 directions Event Details Sponsorship Opportunities Join us for a day of community and fun in a secure environment for children, youth and families affected by autism. Oak Canyon Park is a private venue providing 17 acres for families to enjoy the […]

Volcom & TACA’s Everyone Can Skate 2020

Register Now Come and Learn How to Skate! Join us for fun filled family day with skate lessons, bounce houses, kid friendly activities and shopping at the Volcom company store! The Volcom skate venue is a skateboard only event. No scooters or rollerblades or other equipment allowed. Thank you for your cooperation. To expedite your […]

Constipation and Diarrhea in Autism (AKA The “Poop” Page)

Autism and gastrointestinal problems go hand-in-hand for many kids. This meta-analysis of several studies published in the Journal of Pediatrics estimates that “the odds of GI symptoms in children with ASD are four times more prevalent than for children without ASD.” The analysis indicated higher levels of GI symptoms in all four areas including general GI concerns, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.

East Coast Conference

After listening to our attendees, corporate partners, and local community, we regretfully announce that we will not be holding our TACA 2020 East Coast Conference next week, March 13-15, 2020.   Having just made this very difficult decision today, we ask that you please be patient while our team determines the best options for moving […]

The Autism Community in Action Collaborates with UCP of Orange County to Provide Resources to Families with Special Needs

Irvine, CA (February 4, 2020) – The Autism Community in Action (TACA) launches a new collaboration with UCP of Orange County (UCP-OC) conducting monthly “Coffee Talks” at UCP-OC’s Irvine office beginning on Thursday, February 13 from 10am to 12pm.  Coffee Talks are moderated roundtable style discussion groups, which have been the core of TACA’s Autism […]


in partnership with Conference DetailsSpeakersScheduleSponsors & ExhibitorsHotel Info Schedule (Schedule is subject to change without prior notice) Friday, March 13 Saturday, March 14 Sunday, March 15  HOPE ROOM IBELIEVE ROOM IIACHIEVE ROOM IIISUCCEED ROOM IV 7:00 – 8:00 Registration/ Vendor Viewing 8:00 – 8:55The Gluten and Casein Free Diet for Individuals with Autism with Darin […]

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Standard of Care for Autism

Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Susan L. Hyman, MD, FAAP, Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH, FAAP, Scott M. Myers, MD, FAAP, Council on Children With Disabilities Published online (Pediatrics, Official Journal of the AAP)  December 16, 2019 Download the PDF article here or Read the article online here   Evaluation, […]

Autism and the Holidays

Celebrations and holidays gatherings can be very difficult for families with autism. Below are some tried-and-true tips that will help you overcome challenges, lessen the holiday stress, and make it a more enjoyable, happy season for all.   Traditions Traditions are meant to be created. Don’t get so caught up with keeping old traditions that […]

Sickness: Prevention and Treatment Options

Fall and winter bring colds, coughs, flu and gastrointestinal bugs. All undesirable illnesses that we diligently try to escape. Considering our kids with autism may not be able to communicate their pain to us, or their symptoms may linger longer, we want to do our best to keep our kids healthy. In this article, we will discuss prevention and possible treatment options for these illnesses.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

in partnership with Conference DetailsSpeakersScheduleSponsors & ExhibitorsHotel Info Sponsors IonCleanse by AMD The IonCleanse® by AMD is the word’s #1 selling footbath detoxification system. A detoxification program will enhance any therapy and allow a child to better assimilate nutrition. The IonCleanse® by AMD is the easiest, safest, and most effective approach to total body detoxification. We […]

East Coast 2019 Speakers

Conference DetailsScheduleSponsors & ExhibitorsHotel Info Speakers Holly Robinson Peete Actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete has been touched by the entertainment industry almost of her life.  Her career as an actress dates back more than three decades and has led her to becoming a voice for her father, her son […]

EC Conference 2020 Speakers

in partnership with Conference DetailsSpeakersScheduleSponsors & ExhibitorsHotel Info Speakers Lisa Ackerman A native of California, Lisa has worked in the retail and real estate site selection for almost 20 years. Lisa was a co-founder of Integration Technologies and AnySite Software which was sold to MapInfo Corporation in 2003. Working with customers like Wal-Mart, Burger King […]

Traveling with Your Children with ASD

Traveling can be an important part of creating a meaningful life for your child because it opens the door for them to experience the world, build relationships with extended family members and friends, or even receive necessary specialized medical care. Traveling with a child who has autism may come with some unique challenges, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.