A Note to Our TACA Community about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Friend,

 

My wish is that you and your family are safe and healthy. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has placed all of us in an unprecedented and difficult time. COVID-19 guidelines have forced adjustments to The Autism Community in Action (TACA) programs and at the same time, have caused a drastic loss in funding for these vitally needed programs.

 

In March 2020, for the first time after 20 years of services, TACA cancelled almost 100 support group meetings, educational events and family support events in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This is an immediate loss of community and personal support for the more than 72,000 individuals TACA annually serves.

 

The quarantine is causing additional challenges and pressure for families living with autism.

 

  • Clinics closed and cancelling of therapy services is resulting in children regressing in skills or in worst case situations, completely losing skills they worked so hard to achieve.
  • The abrupt closure of school programs has caused extreme distress and anxiety for children. For a child with autism, consistent, predictable routines and structure are very important. Unexpected change causes them to feel overwhelmed, afraid and completely alone.
  • Families are seeing their child regress and lose skills, as well as exhibiting new issues including self-injurious behaviors, anxiety, loss of sleep and more.
  • For many children home schooling and tele-learning is not meeting their educational needs. Parents feel unprepared and lost trying to support their children.
  • For many children home schooling and tele-learning is not meeting their educational needs. Parents feel unprepared and lost trying to support their children.
  • Loss of respite relief and income is causing additional anxiety for parents.

 

With the uncertainty of many elements of COVID-19 and how it is affecting their children, parents feel isolated, frustrated and join their children in feeling overwhelmed.

 

TACA is addressing these families’ needs. We’ve transitioned all in-person support to online tools bringing resources directly to families in the safety of their homes. From March through May, a lot of people have participated and used TACA’s services. The following are samples for you to view.

The demand continues to grow and TACA is committed to providing relevant and strong resources along with hope to help the autism community during the COVID-19 crisis.
 
 

We need your help. Will you give a gift today?

When you give, you become an important part of providing resources and hope to families in the autism community in their greatest time of need.

 

Families needing our help: we are here for you. If you need our help please reach out here

 

During this challenging time, thank you for caring and supporting the families we serve.

 

Sincerely,

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Lisa Ackerman
Executive Director
& Co-Founder

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Giving today will ensure families affected by autism receive the support they need during COVID-19.