My daughter, Dana, is my 17-year-old Autistic child. She is my inspiration to appreciate and stay focused on the true blessings of our great world.
On March 21, 2002 my dreams to be a mother became fulfilled. I gave birth to a beautiful boy and we named him Akshay, in Sanskrit it means “everlasting.” I remember calling his name right after delivery and watching his little cap covered head flop towards me, hearing the sound of my voice. It was the best moment ever!
I had Christian when I was 19 years old. For the first year of his life I couldn’t imagine anything being wrong with my baby. He smiled; he laughed; he rolled, crawled and walked on time. At age one he had a massive overload for his little immune system. He had two ear infections, a high fever, back-to-back treatment of major antibiotics and he was given his MMR, varicella and HIB vaccines while he was still very sick. Christian faded away for the next six months.
“I need you to go to this meeting about how to deal with school districts.” “There will be lawyers there that you can talk to, and other parents, and advocates, and no school people and…..” “Okay, okay” I finally blurted out, where is it? “It is at TACA” my wife explained. “TACO, what the heck is TACO?” My wife sternly corrected me, “It’s called Talk About Curing Autism, T-A-C-A! and you are going.”
We were also truly blessed in being referred to Lisa Ackerman and TACA within a week of hearing that our son may have autism. Although our now 8-year-old son is not recovered (yet), he attends a regular education elementary school, gets straight As, adores his little sister and plays the piano beautifully. I am deeply thankful to TACA for so many of these miracles.
Congratulations to National Autism Association for their efforts on Autism and Wandering. We applaud their hard work for helping families living with autism keep their children safe.
Author: Annette, Diamond, CA When you first undergo the shock of the newest word to your vocabulary…. “Autism” you go through a roller coaster of emotions. I remember reaching out to friends and family, all of whom were as clueless as I was, but still secretly hoping they would be by my side as I […]
In collaboration with Trumpet Behavioral Health, TACA is please to offer several webinars regarding the state ABA insurance mandate that took effect on July 1, 2012. These webinars are designed to help you navigate the insurance system to obtain ABA and other therapeutic services for children with autism. Upcoming Legal Education Webinars Webinar #5 – […]
TACA would like to thank the sponsors, guests, celebrities and friends that joined us at the 6th Annual ANTE UP FOR AUTISM. Ante Up For Autism 2012 SPONSORS Midwest Insurance Co. www.midins.com Warne Family Foundation www.warnefoundation.org Oakley www.oakley.com Inhouse IT www.inhouseit.com Buchanan Street Partners www.buchananstreet.com Ready at Dawn www.readyatdawn.com Elizabeth McCoy www.ca-specialneedstrusts.com New Era Cap […]
Support Ante Up for Autism September 14, 2012 You’re invited to the 6th Annual Ante Up for Autism “Gala and Casino Night” to benefit TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) on Saturday, September 22, 2012. This star-studded fundraising event raised more than $250,000 last year to provide support and resources to families who are touched by […]
Ante Up For Autism takes place Saturday Annual fundraiser will be at Ritz Carlton in Dana Point. September 21, 2012 Talk About Curing Autism, which is based in Irvine, is having its sixth annual Ante Up for Autism event, a casino-type fundraiser for the organization at the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point Saturday at 5 […]
September 20, 2012 ANTE UP FOR AUTISM! On Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., gamble for a much-needed cause with celebrities, athletes and pro poker players at TACA’s “Ante Up for Autism” event at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The Gala and Casino Night will offer a VIP red carpet entrance, cocktails, tournament poker, live and […]
GET YOUR ‘POKER FACE’ ON FOR ANTE UP FOR AUTISM September 18, 2012 By Nicole Lyons This year event takes place at a new venue and includes even more guest celebrities Try your hand for a good cause with top poker players, athletes and celebrities this Saturday night to help raise funds for Talk About […]
Talk About Curing Autism hosts 6th annual poker fundraiser “Ante Up For Autism” at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel will include celebrity attendees BY KARA VAPOREAN September 20, 2012 Celebrities, top athletes, and professional poker players will “Ante Up For Autism” at Talk About Curing Autism’s annual premier poker event and gala this Saturday at […]
O.C. couple help autism group that helped them Stephanie and Pat McIlvain say they’ve come a long way in dealing with their son’s autism since getting help from the nonprofit Talk About Curing Autism. By FRED SWEGLES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER September 11, 2012 Stephanie and Pat McIlvain of San Clemente were devastated when […]
TACA’s 6th Annual ‘Ante Up For Autism’ Saturday, September, 22 2012 at 5pm The Ritz Carlton Resort Laguna Niguel, CA A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRADITION Here is your chance to gamble for a great cause with celebrities, top athletes and professional poker players at TACA’s “ANTE UP FOR AUTISM” fundraising event. Actor Johnathon Schaech and Singer/Actress […]