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

Tuesday, March 19

Teen/Adult Coffee Talk

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

We know teens and adults on the autism spectrum face new and different challenges as they transition out of their school setting. Join TACA Coordinators Michelle Del Rosario and Simran Garcia as we guide you through this teen/adult journey.

Wednesday, March 20

Coffee Talk: Let's Talk About IEPs

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.

Have questions about getting Independent Evaluations for your child? Wonder how the IEP process works and how to approach your district on outside placement? Learning as much as you can will help you be a more active member of your child’s educational team. Join special education attorney Damian Fragoso and TACA OC coordinators Michelle Del Rosario and Simran Garcia for a moderated discussion all about IEPs. This meeting will help you understand the process of obtaining Independent Evaluations, out of district placements, and common missteps to avoid. Parents new to TACA will receive the Autism Journey Guide.

Thursday, March 21

Coffee Talk: Let's Talk About IEPs

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oliver’s
853 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Lots of FREE parking!

Do you have questions about the IEP process and how to navigate it? Wonder how to approach your school district for services? Let’s talk about how to get great goals written and how to ensure that the services offered are properly written in on the IEP. Learning as much as you can will help you be a more active member of your child’s educational team. This meeting will help you understand the process and common missteps to avoid. Parents of children with Autism only, you must bring your current IEP to attend. This will be a workshop style meeting. Parents new to TACA will receive an Autism Journey Guide.

Monday, March 25

Coffee Talk and Play - Let's Talk About IEPs

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

Have questions about getting Independent Evaluations for your child? Wonder how the IEP process works and how to approach your district on outside placement? Learning as much as you can will help you be a more active member of your child’s educational team. Join special education attorney Damian Fragoso and TACA OC coordinators Michelle Del Rosario and Simran Garcia for a moderated discussion all about IEPs. This meeting will help you understand the process of obtaining Independent Evaluations, out of district placements, and common missteps to avoid. Parents new to TACA will receive the Autism Journey Guide.
Kids can play for $8 during the coffee talk.

Thursday, April 11

Autism Coffee Talk Day

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

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.

Thursday, April 11

Autism Coffee Talk Day

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oliver’s
853 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Lots of FREE parking!

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.

Thursday, April 11

Autism Coffee Talk Day

7:00 PM
Bourbon Street Bar and Grill
110 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

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.

Tuesday, April 16

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.

Thursday, April 18

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.

Saturday, April 20

TOCA Orange County Sports Play Day

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
TOCA Orange County
2777 Bristol Street, Suite A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Join TACA, TOCA Orange County and Kids in Sports During Autism Action Month for a morning of fun and play!! This event is open to all ages and ranges on the spectrum. This is going to be a fun morning of PLAY! While your kids play TACA Mentors will be on hand to for support and hope for our parents.
TOCA Football and Kids In Sports are programming designed to encourage physical fitness through various sports specific activities.
Kids In Sports promotes the idea that athletics, when taught correctly, can improve a child’s overall development and provide lasting benefits that go beyond the games. With a 1 to 5 coach to child ratio, instructors are able to introduce children to a range of team based sports that help build necessary developmental skills for every level.
Please complete the waiver (emailed to you after you RSVP) and bring it on the day of class. Each child should be dressed in comfortable clothing that will allow for movement. Please bring a water bottle, running/indoor or turf shoes can be worn, but cleats are not allowed in the center. You are welcome to bring your ABA Therapist or respite care.

Monday, April 22

Coffee Talk and Play - Let's Talk About Homeschooling

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

Have you ever considered homeschooling your child with autism? Join us in a discussion about CA state homeschooling laws, what to consider before withdrawing from public school, and local resources. Parents new to TACA will receive the Autism Journey Guide. Kids can play for $8 during the coffee talk.

Tuesday, April 23

Teen/Adult Coffee Talk - Conservatorships

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

Speaker: Elizabeth McCoy
As our teens approach adulthood conservatorship needs to be considered. What does it mean? What is the process? Join attorney Elizabeth McCoy as she guides you through the process and planning for your child making it less complicated and scary.
Attorney Elizabeth McCoy has practiced law in California since 1997. Ms. McCoy is an active member of the State Bar of California, and the San Diego County Bar Association. She is a frequent sponsor at TACA and other Autism and Special Needs events, as well as events at REINS therapeutic horsemanship located in Bonsall, CA, where Ms. McCoy has also established four scholarships for children with Autism.

Thursday, April 25

Coffee Talk: Let's Talk About Summer

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.

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.

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.

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Coffee Talk and Play

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
We Rock The Spectrum Whittier
15334 Whittier Blvd #10C
Whittier, CA 90603

Come get help and support while your kids play! Join us for Coffee Talk and get your questions answered about IEPs, traditional and biomedical therapies, insurance and so much more. Kids can play for $7 during the coffee talk.

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

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