Orange County Chapter

TACA Orange County 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. We even have a resource library of the latest autism books and DVDs/CDs that can be checked out by members at no charge. Come to a TACA Event!

Orange County Events

Wednesday, May 22

Let's Talk About Summer

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olivers
853 Laguna Canyon Rd,
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Lots of FREE parking

Let's Talk About Summer - whether your child is in the middle of progress or the middle of chaos, TACA is a place where you can get connected, find resources, get referrals and tons of hope. “What will I get out of being at the TACA Table?” Knowledge! Learn from TACA as well as the parents in attendance who also have children/adults affected by autism. Moderated Discussion is aimed at the needs of attendees with a special focus on the topic of SUMMER. Parents new to TACA will receive an Autism Journey Guide.

Thursday, May 23

Coffee Talk: The Art Of Managing Professionals & Appointments

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Anaheim First Church of the Nazarene
1340 N. Candlewood St.
Anaheim, CA 92805
right off East St and the 91 freeway.

Having the diagnoses of autism your team of specialists are many and can include: a pediatrician, neurologist, learning specialist, speech pathologist, occupational therapists, behavioral supervisor, audiologist, special education attorney and other professionals. Scheduling, getting on wait lists, tracking open items, treatment plans, annual (or more frequent) follow-up blood tests, and future events is enough to boggle the mind of the most organized of organizers – let alone keep track of a team! Let's learn about some tips and tricks about how to manage our schedules, get organized and keep track so we don't get stressed out and frazzled.

Tuesday, May 28

Teen/Adult Coffee Talk - Living Options for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
TACA Irvine Office
2222 Martin St. Ste. 140
Irvine, CA 92612

Speaker: Christine Tolbert of State Council on Developmental Disabilities Orange County Office
Do you know what the living options are for your teen/adult with autism? Do you know what's available and what the process is? Who covers what? Join Christine Tolbert from the SCDD Orange County Office to talk about living options for your loved one during our Teen/Adult Coffee Talk.

Thursday, May 30

FREE Legal Advice Clinics for TACA Families

6:00 - 8:00 PM
TACA Irvine Office
2222 Martin St. Ste. 140
Irvine, CA 92612

The Autism Community in Action (TACA), in collaboration with the Special Education Law Firm (SELF), will be hosting monthly FREE legal advice clinics for TACA families. Services for this clinic will be provided by SELF attorneys and advocates and members of TACA’s ProBono attorney panel. Click here to see more dates and get more information.

Thursday, May 30

ABC's of the IEP

6:30 - 8:30 PM
TACA Irvine Office
2222 Martin St. Ste. 140
Irvine, CA 92612

Speaker: Damian Fragoso
You have an IEP and you're told this placement is LRE and here's our offer of FAPE. Your child needs a FBA with a BIP so the BCBA will call you and the OT and SLP aren't done with reports. What is a BSP IEE, AT, AAC, ABA, BI, and the alphabet soup goes on and on. Come learn how to dissect the terms and get your urgent IEP questions answered at this Q&A IEP Coffee Talk.

Sunday, June 2

16th Annual TACA Family Picnic

11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Oak Canyon Park
5305 Santiago Canyon Rd
Silverado, CA 92676

The TACA Family Picnic provides a fun yet secure environment for children and families affected by autism to come together for a day of food, family and fun! This popular annual event will host bounce houses, obstacle courses, arts & crafts, sensory friendly activities, silent auction and raffle, and more. Last year over 1,100 individuals took part in this amazing day providing community to the hearts of children and families affected by autism.

Monday, June 10

Coffee Talk and Play: Let's Talk About Summer

6:00 - 8:00 PM
We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym
23572 Moulton Pkwy #102
Laguna Hills, CA 92637

Does the thought of a long hot summer fill you full of dread? What are you supposed to do to keep your kids busy and keep your sanity? Let’s talk about what to do this summer. We’ll cover life skills, summer camps, ESY, and so much more. RSVP to save your spot. Parents new to TACA will receive the Autism Journey Guide. Kids can play for $8 during the coffee talk.

Tuesday, June 11

Breakfast Club Coffee Talk

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Original Pancake House
10035 Adams Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

We're not in detention! We're just having coffee, pancakes, and support. Look for the friendly faces in the TACA shirts! RSVP so we can save you a seat!
Free Journey Guides available to new attending families.

Tuesday, June 18

Let's Talk About Anxiety

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
TACA Irvine Office
2222 Martin St. Ste. 140
Irvine, CA 92612

Do you need new ideas to help your child dealing with anxiety? What are some things you can put in place at home, in school and in the community to help your child with anxiety? Different methods and strategies will be discussed to help parents know about options to help their kids. Underlying medical issues, supplements to consider with your doctor and much more will be covered. Bring your questions (and experiences) to this deep dive discussion into anxiety. Parents new to TACA will receive the Autism Journey Guide.

Thursday, June 20

FREE Legal Advice Clinics for TACA Families

6:00 - 8:00 PM
TACA Irvine Office
2222 Martin St. Ste. 140
Irvine, CA 92612

The Autism Community in Action (TACA), in collaboration with the Special Education Law Firm (SELF), will be hosting monthly FREE legal advice clinics for TACA families. Services for this clinic will be provided by SELF attorneys and advocates and members of TACA’s ProBono attorney panel. Click here to see more dates and get more information.

Thursday, June 20

IEP Coffee Talk: Q & A with the Attorney

6:30 - 8:30 PM
TACA Irvine Office
2222 Martin St. Ste. 140
Irvine, CA 92612

Speaker: Damian Fregoso of Special Education Law Firm
This is an open discussion for your important IEP questions.
Come and get solutions and strategies to help navigate your IEP. Please RSVP to save your spot!!

Tuesday, June 25

Parents of Teens/Adults Coffee Talk - Life After High School

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
TACA Irvine Office
2222 Martin St. Ste. 140
Irvine, CA 92612

Join us as we discuss options for life for our kids after high school. Whether it be staying with the school district, going to college, or another path. We will be discussing the options for our teens to help prepare and guide them for the future.
Please RSVP so we can save you a seat!

Thank you to our Orange County partners who support us and our local family events.

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