The Autism Community in Action Announces Appointment of Dana Crucil and Heather Grimaldi to the Ambassadors Group

July 12, 2019


Irvine, CA (July 12, 2019) – The Autism Community in Action (TACA) is proud to announce the appointment of Dana Crucil and Heather Grimaldi to TACA’s Autism Ambassadors Group.  Established in 2010, the group of seventeen men and women are business and philanthropic leaders in the community with the mission to garner support and increase awareness for TACA.

Crucil is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for more than eleven years in an array of areas including school districts, nonpublic agencies and insurance companies.  She has a personal commitment to the special needs community from life experiences – her younger sister has autism.  She is dedicated to helping families acquire appropriate services for their children while raising awareness and understanding for the autism community.

Grimaldi, MS, BCBA is the founder of Proof Positive ABA Therapies, which in 2016 was acquired by Autism Learning Partners to create one of the largest autism therapy platforms in the United States.  In 2019 Grimaldi along with Dr. Kristin Shay created Simple Spectrum Supplement, a nutraceutical product designed to provide the nutritional needs of the developing nervous system with extra support for individuals with autism by addressing potential dietary deficits. 

Crucil and Grimaldi both serve as committee members for TACA’s annual premier gala - Ante Up for Autism, which over 12 years has raised more than $4.7 million in support of TACA. 

About The Autism Community in Action (TACA)  

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2000 by Glen and Lisa Ackerman with the mission to provide education, support and hope to families living with autism.  Headquartered in Irvine, CA with staff and volunteers working across the country. TACA offers: Coffee Talks – free educational meetings, webinars, parent mentor program, an online Hope and Help support group, two annual National Autism Conferences hosted on the west and east coasts and a free 200-page Autism Journey Guide given to new families at events. TACA has a strong social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube Channel. For more information visit