IEP Transition Planning

One of the core objectives of IDEA is to prepare students for further education, employment, and independent living after high school. Transition services fulfill this objective, and the law requires them to begin the year the student turns 16 years old. This is an exciting time when students become part of the IEP team. They […]

Independent Assessments

Parents need to know their child’s strengths and areas of need in order to make a treatment plan. This is done by conducting assessments. Assessment is the formal process where professionals analyze data to measure knowledge and skills. Where to Begin Assessments may evaluate a broad range of skills or be very specific to a […]

Emergency Assistance

If you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency, 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 help accessing local essential […]

Puberty

Puberty can be daunting for any teen. Physical changes, rapidly changing hormones, new routines for hygiene, and mood swings place added stress onto our teens with autism. Developmental delays only compound the hardship parents face when helping their child navigate adolescence. It is important to start preparing yourself and your child for these changes prior […]

I Think My Child May Have Autism

If your child is showing signs or symptoms of autism, it is important to have them screened.  The sooner your child is diagnosed, the sooner they can receive needed services that will improve their outcome and quality of life. This article will give you information about the screening and assessment processes, including: How to prepare […]

The Fundamentals of Special Education: What Parents Need to Know

by Timothy A. Adams, Esq. Federal law defines special education as specifically designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, designed to meet the unique needs of a child with disabilities. Instruction can include classroom and home instruction as well as instruction provided in hospitals and institutions. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) […]

Special Education: IEP Tips

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is the foundation to your child’s education. Many parents feel overwhelmed and anxious about these meetings. Remember: YOU know your child better than anyone else in that meeting. YOU are capable. YOU are your child’s best advocate. YOU can do this! The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a […]

Tax Strategies for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

December 20, 2019 By Regina M. Levy, CPA The information in this article is educational in nature and is not to be considered tax advice. Please contact a qualified tax professional to discuss how these concepts may or may not apply to your personal situation. Summary of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) as it […]

Tax Strategies for Parents of Kids with Special Needs – TCJA of 2017

The original article on this topic has been of great assistance to many parents. This update will discuss what has changed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. As with the original article, all information presented in this article is educational in nature and is not to be considered tax advice. Please […]

Autism Grants Spreadsheet

Back to Autism on Public Assistance: Resource List | Download a printer-friendly PDF of this page National foundations are listed first and then by state   Organization Type of Funding Region Avg Grant Amount Deadline 4-A Healing Foundation 1325 Avenue of the AmericasSuite 2800 New York, NY 10019 (212) 763-8688 biomed National Unknown Application available […]

Who Pays for What?! – A Guide to Services, Providers and Payors

Using this handy guide you will learn what services and therapies there are, who provides them, where they are provided and who is supposed to be paying for them BEFORE You start paying out of pocket. The “Who Pays for What” document covers: Service Name Service Description Who Delivers Service Who Funds Service Links It […]

A – Z: Autism Journey Blueprints

The Autism Journey Blueprints were created as a quick introduction reference guide for families on the autism journey. Complete Autism Journey Blueprints: click here to download the PDF. AJ Blueprints – Years 1-3: click here to download the PDF. AJ Blueprints – Medical Intervention: click here to download the PDF. AJ Blueprints – Dietary Intervention: click here to download […]

Autism on Public Assistance: Resource List

Free and Low-Cost Services We have compiled this list of resources to help families. We will continue to update it as information becomes available. If you are aware of any further financial assistance resources that we have not included, please contact us. Counseling Grants – Scholarship – Aid/Services Legal Information MAPS Doctors and Supplements Therapy […]

Resources for Teens & Adults

As the children of TACA’s parents have aged, we’ve worked to put together a series of articles to address teen- and adult-related issues and services. Below you will find many articles to help you survive the teen years and get your young adult on the road to his or her future. Teenagers with ASD Articles […]

Teens and Adults Booklist

Recommended Books For and About Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders For reading recommendations on other topics like education, medical and therapies, please see our Autism Book List Books on Transition Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Dr. Jed Baker Transition IEPs: […]