Autism Families Newly Diagnosed Initiative

The starting point for families with newly diagnosed children in preparation for early intervention, treatments and support.

Tyler Larsen, NFL Football Player for Washington Commanders Football Team

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Tyler Larsen’s journey on helping his child with autism

As an infant, Tyler Larsen's son was joyful, smiling, and interactive. But after just eight months, Tyler and his wife realized something was wrong with their child. Tyler's son stopped talking, avoided eye contact, and did not smile. The Larsen family was not prepared to learn that their son has autism. The shocking news can affect even the toughest of individuals.


As the Larsen's began to lose hope and did not know what to do next, TACA stepped in and provided the support to get their son on the right track.


Tyler Larsen and The Autism Community in Action (TACA) have partnered up to positively impact the health, well-being, and quality of life of individuals with autism.


When supported by excellent services and connected to the community, people with autism can live fulfilling, productive lives. Through TACA, families are connected to a community of parents and professionals to find the right care for their children.


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Some of the league's promising stars are raising awareness and funds for their favorite charitable organizations with custom-made cleats and the personal stories behind why they chose the cause closest to them.


Tyler Larsen of the Washington Football Team wishes to bring more awareness to autism and wants others to know that there is hope after diagnosis. He wants to help other families find a way to be active in their child’s autism journey. He will lace up his cleats to spread education, support, and hope with TACA.

Your support will help TACA continue to provide Seminars, Scholarships, Mentor Program, Autism Journey Guides, Parent Education and Support, and Resources.

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These programs empower families to take action for their children and never give up


Quarterly Seminars help understand Autism Spectrum Disorders and the learning, social, communication, and behavioral needs of individuals with ASD. These sessions are for parents who are new to autism or who want to update their existing knowledge. All live seminars are free!


Since 2006, TACA has provided scholarships to families living with autism. These scholarships depend on the fundraising efforts of our Chapters and the generosity of key donors and foundations. If you have questions about our scholarship program click HERE.

Mentor Program

The Mentor Program is a fully developed, managed program offering experienced, trained, supported, qualified mentors to guide new parents on the autism journey. TACA's Mentor Program is unique in the autism community and supports our mission: TACA aims to reduce the time between an autism diagnosis and effective treatment for families dealing with new autism diagnoses.

autism journey guides

TACA's Autism Journey Guide is free thanks to American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. This guide is written based on the experiences of TACA families, professionals, and contains best practices and alternative ideas for treating autism both medically and via traditional therapies.

Parent education and support

Experienced TACA parents lead live, online education webinars sharing their real-life expertise on special education/IEPs, therapy, medical issues, diet, and other important autism topics. There will be time for questions and answers. All sessions are free.


TACA has been known for our support, empowerment, and resources to help families beginning their autism journey. Find your support and inspiration here.

virtual office hours

Families new to TACA or Newly Diagnosed - we invite you to join TACA Office Hours! Each week, TACA mentors will host a small group of sessions to help families create a plan to connect with resources and TACA programs as they address concerns and stay engaged in their autism journey.

Make a lasting, meaningful impact for the 1 in 44 children diagnosed with autism

The Autism Community in Action is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Your donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. If you have any questions or have difficulty completing the form, please contact us.


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