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 […]

A huge loss in the scientific community looking into autism

Guest blogger & TACA Physician Advisory:  Dr. Elizabeth Mumper The mother was beautiful, smart, and resourceful. She dedicated most of her life to the care of her son who had autism. Her voice cracked during her phone call when she told me, “my son died during the night.” Her son was 20 years old. He […]

On the front lines: calls that make us at TACA smile

A little ditty by Lisa Ackerman Another parent called to let us know her son with autism won’t need an aide next year. He has graduated his class & is completing grade level work! After four years of early intervention and a myriad of biomedical treatments unique to the child’s needs her son will be […]

GTX Corp and Talk About Curing Autism Partner to help families

 GPS Technology Enhances Quality of Life for Autism due to wandering and safety issues GTX Corp (OTCBB: GTXO), the leader in customizable, 2-way GPS tracking location based solutions has been granted another utility patent, adding to the company’s growing IP portfolio that includes 11 issued patents, 5 patents pending and 34 U.S. and 28 foreign […]

Oakley One Icon Magazine Features TACA

By Lisa Ackerman EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM OAKLEY: Today, Oakley’s ONE ICON quarterly online magazine takes an in-depth look at Talk About Curing Autism, the issues faced by families living with Autism, and how friends of Oakley can get involved. This innovative media tool includes an article and video featured on iTunes. Autism is widely misunderstood. […]

Beware of false pessimism

By Lisa Ackerman When Temple Grandin’s life story was featured in a fantastic, Emmy Award winning HBO movie the scene between the psychologist and Temple’s mom Eustacia made me cry for two reasons (1.) For one, it’s heartbreaking to hear the autism diagnosis followed by no cure, nothing you can do, and to consider institutionalization. […]

So autism is common. Who cares?

By: Dr. Bob Sears – Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member Before you yell at me for the title, pause and sense the sarcasm. I do care; I care deeply. As a full-time practicing pediatrician, I have continued to witness an alarming increase in the number of healthy babies in my practice who regress into […]

Day Two: Autism ACTION month

In honor of autism awareness  ACTION month, we will be asking friends of TACA to do something every day in April. Today’s task is very simple. Please take two minutes to watch a great video about Charlie and how his community is rising up to help him. Here is the link: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kernfamily/TACACAMPAIGN2012 Here are several […]

The Autism Epidemic continues to rage on…

Will the new CDC autism rates make this disease a priority? By Lisa Ackerman Back in 1999, I was lost. I didn’t know what autism was. It was a foreign word with a vague reference to the movie Rain Man and a character played by Dustin Hoffman.  Back then, when I started searching for answers […]