Leading with Anger

By Lisa Ackerman Watching a perfectly healthy child regress into the world of autism and failing health can do things to really mess with your mind. It’s a front row seat I would never wish on anyone. Imagine you have a child, everything seems great, and suddenly things change. This child gets sick, really sick.  […]

Autism needs a Martin Luther King Jr.

By Lisa Ackerman Martin Luther King Jr. means something special to this generation as he did to the ones before us. He was a true inspiration that continues to inspire many today. This past week was his birthday. Children in school get a holiday in his honor. Adults should re-read some of his speeches and […]

FRAGILE (FRA-GEE-LAY): It must be Italian!

By Holly Bortfeld When we put our house on the market 9 years ago, we had professional cleaners and painters come in and do their thing.  We had already moved out of state for better services so the place was bare, just carpets and walls.  It was still a crime scene. The relator held an […]

Top 2012 TACAnow blogs

by Lisa Ackerman In 2012, the TACAnowblog has reached almost 130,000 readers. The content appears to be relevant for a community blog. The archives of articles are pretty amazing and always available for your review. We appreciate the guest blogs from Drs. Bob Sears, Dan Rossignol, Elizabeth Mumper, some great TACA parents, individuals diagnosed with […]

Farewell 2012. Welcome 2013!

by Lisa Ackerman It’s the end of another year, 2012 is almost in the history books! It’s only in reflection that I am reminded that what feels like a blink now, wasn’t. As usual, TACA was a whirlwind of activity all year; helping families, building relationships, and expanding our community. This could not have happened […]

Real Stories. Real Hope.

You haven’t experienced joy until you have seen the TACA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/talkaboutcuringautism) or FLICKR Page:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/talkaboutcuringautism/sets/72157632301247683/ . We asked families what they are celebrating in progress for their ASD child in 2012 last night at 4pm and over 140 photos and motivational stories were sent in. And more keep coming! I LOVE THIS! This […]

Parents with children on the spectrum are not allowed to get sick or die

By Lisa Ackerman I know, a pretty harsh title for a blog. But I wish I could write something as important as this and POOF make it a true statement. You may be asking: what made me go to this topic? It is a simple answer – a story on TV is mirroring emails and […]

Will a New Genetic Blood Test for Autism Improve Early Detection?

By Dr. Bob Sears, Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Boston have developed a genetic test to detect the most common gene mutations that occur in children with autism (1.) It is hoped that the new test can be used to detect autism earlier than current methods of observational […]

iPads and Autism – Innovation in Communication

In September 2011, TACA was approached by a long time family member who had a teen with autism who had uttered his first words just a short time after having obtained his iPad. He was 16 years old when his family first heard his voice. After this remarkable experience, they were motivated to share their […]

What the IACC must consider

By Lisa Ackerman The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) was formed from the Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006 with one mission in mind:   Coordinate to find the cause and assist with initiatives that will help families living with autism. As you may notice, I have taken the liberty to summarize their mission statement. You […]

Many children with autism have other health problems

By Lisa Ackerman Recently, a new study has announced: Many children with autism have other health problems. Source: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/09/25/many-children-with-autism-have-other-health-problems-study-says I am thrilled to see this evidence finally reported. Parents living with autism have been sharing thousands of these stories with TACA every year. The hallmark of the autism diagnosis is the inability to communicate or […]

Stem Cell update: IN THE NEWS

By Lisa Ackerman Today, the 2012 Nobel Prize winning discovery goes to two scientists researching stem cells. Please read the news: http://news.yahoo.com/analysis-reprogrammed-cells-open-medical-window-150024485.html Some important information was cited in this groundbreaking news and award: While researchers have already applied the scientific breakthroughs of Britain’s John Gurdon and Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka to study how diseases develop, making […]

Keahi: Label him FANTASTIC!

By Lisa Ackerman TACA marvels at individuals who can overcome huge obstacles. We look to these individuals for inspiration and guidance while we live with autism and often worry about the kids’ future. Here is one family’s story in Hawaii about their beloved son Keahi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNu1kJ4nEto Keahi is taking amazing steps toward a bright future. […]

Stem cells and autism

By Lisa Ackerman We know stem cell therapy offer treatment solutions for many other conditions (such as leukemia, lymphoma and other issues.)  A newly approved FDA pilot study will look at stem cell therapy from cord blood & autism as a possible solution for treatment. The timeline for this pilot study is 1-2 years. Some […]

A Mouse Model for the Immune Dysregulation Subtype of Autism

 By guest blogger & TACA Physician Advisory Member:  Dr. Cindy Schneider A landmark paper was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have successfully created an animal model for autism.[i]  By injecting mice with synthetic double-strand RNA, they were able to precipitate an […]

The IACC reconvenes

By Lisa Ackerman Due to the Combating Autism reauthorization delays, the IACC met again this past week on July 10, 2012. Over one year has passed since their last meeting. Who is the IACC? (1) The IACC is described as follows: The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts […]

Autism: It takes an entire family

by Guest Blogger:  Nancy Cook A Grandmother’s Journey Everyone talks about being a mother and how devastating it is when your child diagnosed with autism.  I bring a different perspective, that of a grandmother.  My grandson was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 3.  That day I not only lost my grandson, but I lost […]