Illinois Chapter

TACA Illinois holds Autism Learning Seminars, Coffee Talks and family events throughout the year. Our seminars feature educational speakers on important topics for ASD families. Our Coffee Talks and family events provide more settings where families can informally network, share resources and speak with seasoned parents.

Illinois Events

Saturday, September 15

Autism Is Medical Seminar

1:30 - 5:30 PM
Schaumburg Central Library, Rasmussen North Room
130 S. Roselle Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60193

Speakers include: Dr. Sri Ganeshan, Sonja Hintz, BSN, RN and Erica Linn APNP, FNP-C, MSN, RN-BC-PCCN
Session One: Bugs and Behavior presented by Sonja Hintz, BSN, RN and Erica Linn APNP, FNP-C, MSN, RN-BC-PCCN
This will be an exploration into the world of microbes and their effect on human behavior. It will include a review of the evolution of PANDAS and PITANDS to PANS and the role of the microorganisms from Group A Streptococcus and Candida to parasites and Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) in spectrum disorders. Laboratory testing and clinical identification of these microbes will be explored. Treatment options will be discussed, including the use of long-term antimicrobials.
Session Two: Folate, Mitochondria, and Microbiome in Autism presented by featured speaker Dr. Sri Ganeshan.
Join us to learn more about the crucial role that mitochondria and folate receptors play in your child's overall health and development, and how, when the function of these two key players is impaired, autism symptoms can develop. Testing for these issues can lead to simple treatment options that are proving to make a significant impact in the quality of life of individuals with autism.
2 Mitoswab kits and 1 FRAT Testing kit will be given away after the presentations. You must be present to win.

Tuesday, September 18

Coffee Talk - New Location!!

9:00 - 11:00 AM
Portage Grounds
5501 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641

TACA Illinois has added a new location in Chicago!
A TACA Coffee Talk is where you can come to talk about all things Autism. Whether you are new to the Autism journey or have have been on the journey for several years, there is a place for you at the TACA table. Come join us for coffee and conversation, as we help each other to find the answers for our families. Free Journey Guides available to all new attending families.

Wednesday, September 19

Coffee Talk

9:30 - 11:00 AM
Daily Projects
124 S Randall Rd
Algonquin, IL 60102

Bring your concerns and questions or come to listen and learn. In a moderated, roundtable style discussion we will address the issues most important to attendees and pick the brains of other parents who have been there. Come for referrals, resources, support and hope.

Don't Know Where to Start?

Try our Autism Journey Blueprints!
These were created as a quick introduction reference guide for families on the autism journey.

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TACA provides education, support and hope to the autism community.