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

Thursday, July 25

Coffee Talk

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.

Join the conversation and meet other families to share information, get fresh ideas, support and resources. No autism topic is off limits and discussion is encouraged. Come with your questions and concerns but more importantly, bring with your experiences. Sharing your experiences with other families on the autism journey will have us all leaving with a lot of hope. We each can’t know everything, but when we come together great things happen! Free Journey Guides for new attending families. RSVP so we can save you a seat!

Monday, July 29

Coffee Talk & Play: Let's Talk About Diet

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

Summer is a great time to make diet changes. Let’s talk about ways to get your whole family eating healthier. New attending families will receive the Autism Journey Guide as a resource. RSVP so we can save you a seat! Kids can play for $8 while parents receive education and support.

Wednesday, August 7

Coffee Talk & Play

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym
23572 Moulton Pkwy #102
Laguna Hills, CA 92637

TACA Coffee Talks offer time for connecting with other parents. TACA Mentors and Parents offer referrals, advice, shared experiences, recipes and more to help you on this autism journey with your child. Free Journey Guides for new attending families. Kids can play for $8 while parents receive education and support.

Tuesday, August 13

Let's Talk About ABA

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

What exactly is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and how can it help my family member with autism? Join TACA Orange County and Randi Ann Ethridge and Kinsey Varner of Creative Solution for Hope to get all your questions about ABA. We'll cover from methodologies to data and training to team. RSVP so we can save you a spot. As an added bonus we will have The Coffee Makers joining us to serve you coffee and snacks. The Coffee Makers were created by some of our most innovative teens from a joint social skills group they attend together. They have been working together to get their business started. They have collaboratively chosen their business name, designed the logo, established their roles, created price points for their merchandise, in addition to ordering and stocking their supplies for sale.
Randi Ann Ethridge is a BCBA that has been in the field of ABA for 16 plus years. She started out as a BI, with a focus on early intervention. Starting families on this journey has been her passion. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with Dual Teaching Credentials and found that the field called her back from the classroom to work more intimately with the families. Randi Ann Taught in the Huntington Beach school district for 5 years off and on, collecting hours for her masters degree. She is back in the clinical setting and continues to enjoy her work. “The families I have worked with, who have helped shape me to be the professional I am, always hold a place near and dear in my heart.” Randi Ann currently works as the Director of Early Intervention at Creative Solutions for Hope and heads the trainings and workshops for entering BI’s. She draws her motivation to continue in this field from her clients and the fact that she too is now a mother of a young child. “No family needs to be alone on this journey. And certainly should be informed what to expect on this journey. And I’m honored to be a apart of that.”
Kinsey Varner is a BCBA who has been in the ABA field for four years. Kinsey received her Masters degree in ABA through National University. She started out as a behavior interventionist who lead the social skills groups and eventually grew to a case manager and then a clinical supervisor. Kinsey has found her passion in teaching social skills and life skills to kids and teenagers. She is in charge of creating and developing the curriculum for the social skills groups. She also enjoys supporting the BI’s in how to support their clients when learning social skills in a group setting. Along with social skills, Kinsey also has experience with the use of speech generated devices. Apart from running the social skills department, Kinsey also helps lead the mentorship program that works to support BI’s throughout their journey in the ABA field. She is dedicated to helping her clients reach their full potential!

Thursday, August 22

Coffee Talk: Let's Talk About Insurance

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.

Speaker: Attorney Sara Lee of the Community Legal Aid SoCal’s Health Unit (formerly known as the Legal Aid Society of Orange County)
Join TACA OC as attorney Sara Lee of the Community Legal Aid SoCal’s Health Unit explains the process of health plan grievances, denials, and appeals through a state hearing. CLSOCAL services assist cases with public health coverage (such as Medi-Cal or Medicare), private insurance, and Covered California plans. Please RSVP so we can save you a seat.
Sara Lee is an attorney at the Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLSOCAL) formerly known as the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. She has been an attorney at CLSOCAL since December of 2003. She is currently the Supervising Attorney of the Health Consumer Action Center (HCAC) unit at CLSOCAL, a partner of the statewide Health Consumer Alliance. She is a member of CalOptima’s OneCare Connect Member Advisory Committee serving as the Ethnic and Cultural Communities representative. She also serves as a steering committee member of Covered OC. She has received her Juris Doctorate from the Southwestern University of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Monday, August 26

Coffee Talk & Play: Coffee + HOPE = Winning Combination

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

School is in session! Join TACA Orange County Coordinators Simran Garcia and Michelle Del Rosario as we get ready to get Back to School. Get tips, ideas, and support on how to make this a great school year!! Make sure to save your spot so we have enough handouts! Kids can play for $8 while parents receive education and support.

Tuesday, August 27

Teen/Adult Coffee Talk--Creating Meaningful Job Skills for a Successful Employment

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

Join TACA OC and Kinsey Varner BCBA to discuss how we create job kills to have successful employment for our family member with autism. Kinsey will have The Coffee Makers joining us to serve you coffee and snacks. The Coffee Makers were created by some innovative teens from a joint social skills group they attend together. They have been worked together to get their business started. They have collaboratively chosen their business name, designed the logo, established their roles, created price points for their merchandise, in addition to ordering and stocking their supplies for sale. RSVP your spot so we can make sure The Coffee Makers will be well prepared to practice their skills with you.
Kinsey Varner is a BCBA who has been in the ABA field for four years. Kinsey received her Masters degree in ABA through National University. She started out as a behavior interventionist who lead the social skills groups and eventually grew to a case manager and then a clinical supervisor. Kinsey has found her passion in teaching social skills and life skills to kids and teenagers. She is in charge of creating and developing the curriculum for the social skills groups. She also enjoys supporting the BI’s in how to support their clients when learning social skills in a group setting. Along with social skills, Kinsey also has experience with the use of speech generated devices. Apart from running the social skills department, Kinsey also helps lead the mentorship program that works to support BI’s throughout their journey in the ABA field. She is dedicated to helping her clients reach their full potential!

Thursday, August 29

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, August 29

IEP Coffee Talk - Let's Talk About Goals

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

How do your child's goals shape their IEP?? Do you know the rules of making changes or additions? What does goal progress look like? When is it time to go back to the drawing board? Join TACA as Damian Fragoso navigates you in the road map of IEP Goals. We'd love to save you a seat so please RSVP.

Thursday, September 19

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, October 10

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, November 21

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.

TBA

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.

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

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