The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 is a tax-advantaged savings program designed for eligible people with disabilities. Also known as 529A ABLE accounts, these funds can be used to help individuals and families pay for qualified disability expenses, such as: Education Transportation Healthcare Housing Assistive technology Employment Distributions for qualified disability […]
Accumulating evidence establishes a clear link between exposure to pollutants and chemicals with cognitive, motor, and sensory impairments. Scientists believe this is due to epigenetics, where environmental triggers switch specific genes on or off without affecting DNA sequences. In other words, you can reverse the effects of some epigenetic changes by avoiding toxins from chemicals and pollutants. […]
Friendship is an important part of life. A good friend can provide a feeling of connection, happiness, and self-worth. However, children with autism often have deficits in social skills and communication making it more difficult to form relationships with peers. As a result, parents play a crucial role in helping their children develop friendships and sustain them.
For families with autism, Halloween can be a nightmare. The good news is that TACA is here to help with some spook-tacular resources.
Celebrations and holidays gatherings can be very difficult for families with autism. Below are some tried-and-true tips to help make this Fourth of July safe and enjoyable for everyone.
If you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency and need immediate assistance, call 911. Times of crisis or hardship can happen to any family at any time. Below is a listing of resources to help you during your time of need. Financial Assistance Call 211 211.org is available in all 50 states They provide […]
Many parents worry about their child regressing during the summer break from school. There are multiple ways to keep your child progressing, even in the less structured summer months. Decrease Therapy Time Some families choose to reduce appointments during summer break. There are still plenty of activities to keep your child engaged! Teach your child […]
Parents often struggle with how to help their child at home and may feel guilt that they are not doing enough. Below are some ideas for engaging with your child at home for you to try. Creating a home that your child can feel relaxed, safe, and loved sets your child up to thrive. Explore […]
Celebrations and holidays gatherings can be very difficult for families with autism. Below are some tried-and-true tips that will help you overcome challenges, lessen the holiday stress, and make it a more enjoyable, happy season for all. Safety First and foremost, let’s talk about safety. While wandering can happen at any time, incidents tend to […]
Traveling can be an important part of creating a meaningful life for your child because it opens the door for them to experience the world, build relationships with extended family members and friends, or even receive necessary specialized medical care. Traveling with a child who has autism may come with some unique challenges, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
Gearing up for the holidays? Afraid of facing Thanksgiving this year? Let TACA help you! While parents and guardians cannot anticipate and prepare for every little thing, taking time in advance to check things off the list can make your Thanksgiving run a bit smoother. Let’s talk about how to plan ahead, prepare for the […]
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 […]
Public Service Announcement Video – 30 sec. TACA’s Public Service Announcement video includes four of TACA’s families filmed in November 2010 and is meant to help increase autism awareness and spread TACA’s mission to a larger audience. This PSA video is available to outside parties interested in helping spread TACA’s mission. Please contact us for more […]
A Voice For Families Video This is an updated video following our 2005 Hope After Diagnosis Video. This video highlights four TACA families living with autism and finding answers and hope for their children to help them be the best they can be.
The holidays can sometimes be a difficult time for a child with autism and stressful for parents and caregivers as well. If you are a parent with a child with autism with tips for how to enjoy a successful holiday, TACA welcomes you to share your wisdom! Some topics might include: How to deal with […]
Below are submissions from parents like you who have been there/done that and want to share their advice on surviving this time of year. We’d love to hear from you about your experiences and advice! CLICK HERE to share your holiday advice. Topics: Keeping Up with GFCF and Dealing with Infractions Gifts Gatherings Traveling Enjoying […]
Books Being the Other One: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister Who Has Special Needs by Kate Strohm
While it’s never ideal for a family to break up, especially when there is a special needs child involved who generally requires more support, sometimes divorce is necessary. In addition to the standard woes and challenges that divorce brings to every family, families with children with special needs may also benefit from the following information. Before […]