San Diego Chapter

TACA San Diego holds Chapter Meetings, Coffee Talks and family events throughout the year. Our meetings 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.

San Diego Events

Thursday, February 7

Rancho Bernardo Breakfast Club

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Panera Carmel Mountain
12156 Carmel Mountain Rd.
San Diego, CA 92128

It's February and love is in the air. TACA San Diego Mentors moms Kate and Shannon are here to share their love and years of autism parenting wisdom with you over coffee, tea or what ever else your heart desires. Look for the friendly faces in TACA shirts. Hosted By TACA Mentor Moms Kate Whelan and Shannon DeBlock.

Friday, February 8

TACA San Diego Breakfast By The Beach

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Petite Madeline Oceanside
223 N Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054

Join us this month for ideas, information, coffee, tea, sweet treats and of course support and guidance for all things autism! This is all happening just a couple of blocks from the beautiful Pacific Ocean at the homegrown bakery Petite Madeline. What's not to love this February?? Hosted by TACA Co-Coordinator Vanessa Surprise and TACA Mentor Mom Malinda Cook.
Please note the new location and day. This will be on a Friday instead of our regular Thursday meet up. Parking is available in the city lot not too far from the location.

Saturday, February 9

Find TACA San Diego at The Nourished Festival San Diego

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Del Mar Fairgrounds-Wyland Center
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014-2216

Find TACA San Diego at our booth at The Nourished Festival which is the Largest Gluten Free, Allergy & Special Diet Festival in the United States.
Whether you're looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Expo is the place to be!
*Festival Hours: February 9-10, 2019 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Get tickets and find out more about the EXPO here:

Tuesday, February 26

A Full Life With Autism-The Journey Into Adulthood

6:30 - 8:30 PM
17010 Pomerado Rd.
San Diego, CA 92128

Speaker: Chantal Sicile-Kira, Autism Advocate and Award Winning Author
“If you are accepting of the belief that life can be good even with autism, then your child will think so, too. You are the most important person in your child’s life, and you can make them believe that anything is possible.” ― Chantal Sicile-Kira, A Full Life with Autism
Raising a child with autism leads parents and caregivers to become experts in so many different subjects that we should all walk away with multiple honorary degrees. Our beautiful children inevitably become adults so what's next? Author Chantal Sicile-Kira will share practical advice on how to prepare your child on the autism spectrum for the transition to real life as an adult.
All new TACA Attendees will receive a FREE Journey Guide! The talk is located in the Lower Fireside Room. Please park in the parking lot on the corner of Rancho Bernardo Rd and Pomerado Rd. You will know you are in the right place if you are parked next to a baseball field and you can see an oil change shop.
*We must be out of the room by 9pm, please feel free to continue your conversations outside.
Chantal Sicile-Kira's passion for empowering others, her love of writing, and her personal interest in autism has led her to become an award-winning author of 5 books, speaker, and leader in the field of autism.
Chantal’s first experience with autism was in the late 70’s teaching self-help and community living skills to severely developmentally disabled and autistic adolescents in preparation for their de-institutionalization. This provided her with knowledge she would need later in life for raising her son, Jeremy. Despite being non-verbal and severely impacted by autism, her son Jeremy graduated from high school with a full academic diploma in June 2010 and now lives in a rented apartment with the 24 hour supports he needs. Jeremy enjoys a career as an artist, and has his own art studio in an art co-op, Space4Art. Chantal is Jeremy’s artist representative. Visit for more details.
Together, Jeremy and Chantal co-authored A Full Life with Autism (Macmillan) to share practical advice on how to prepare a young person on the autism spectrum for the transition to real life as an adult. Visit for more details about Chantal.

Thursday, February 28

Central San Diego Breakfast Club

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10430 Friars Rd.
San Diego, CA 92120
(Just past I-15)

Make your way over to Denny's to get all the love and support an autism parent or caregiver needs before February comes to an end. Join us for coffee, tea, breakfast or whatever your heart desires. We know you will leave with a full heart.
Hosted by TACA San Diego Co-Coordinator Nancy Kirkman.

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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