Ideas on Hiring & Paying for a Special Education Attorney

Based on the extremely complex and legal nature of the early intervention process many families hire a Special Education Attorney or Advocate to help them navigate this crucial area. Based on this step many TACA families who hire an attorney seem to obtain more services as recommended by the professionals that consult to their families.  […]

Autism Book List

These are the most recommended book resources for families affected by autism. General Information A Child’s Journey out of Autism: One Family’s Story of Living in Hope and Finding a Cure by Leeann Whiffen, 2009 Autism and the Transition to Adulthood, Success Beyond the Classroom by Paul Wehman Aspergers and Girls by Tony Atwood All […]

S.O.S. We Need Help!

  By Holly Bortfeld  Crisis can happen to any family, at any time.  Getting help before you reach crisis mode is your best bet to getting out of the crisis, and will allow others to help you before it’s too late. Once a family is in crisis, particularly financial, the solution is much harder to […]

Preparing for Your Special Needs Child’s Future By Planning for Your Departure

By Holly Bortfeld “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin This article is about death. This is not a pleasant topic for anyone. This is not something that should not be avoided and carefully planned for anyone with children – especially children with special needs. In the past year, five […]

Behaviors – Help! My Kid’s Behavior is Out of Control!

By Holly Bortfeld  “Autism“ is diagnosed by a set a behaviors so that means behaviors will be a part of your day.  There are two camps to dealing with autism’s behavior – Dietary Intervention and Behavioral Therapy – some people choose only one, but we have found they work better together! When my son was […]

How To Get An iPad (or other AT/AC device) Funded

By Holly Bortfeld iPads and other technology “touch devices” are a wonderful new tool and may benefit children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) greatly. The iPad can speak for the nonverbal, aid functional speech, soothe, educate, teach skills to and entertain all. It’s really amazing what this little machine can do!  Unfortunately, they range from […]

Is Your Baby Meeting These Important Milestones?

By Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Amy Wetherby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and First Signs, Inc. © 2004 First Signs, Inc. All rights reserved. Please do not post, distribute, or create derivative work based upon these hallmark developmental milestones without permission of First Signs.   Does Your Baby…   At 4 Months: Follow and […]

Insurance Definitions

ABC (Alternative Billing Codes) Based on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine maintained by Alternative Link. Congenital A disease or disorder that is a result of genetic abnormalities, the intrauterine (uterus) environment, errors of morphogenesis, a chromosomal abnormality, or a complex mix and unknown factors. Some factors can include heredity, environmental, or behavioral. Congenital disorders vary widely […]

Autism Insurance Resources

California Autism Insurance Illinois Autism Facts Oregon Autism Insurance Pennsylvania Autism Insurance Information Department of Insurance and State Laws How to Fight a Health Insurance Denial, by Brie Cadman 49 States OTHER THAN CA: Autism Insurance Information Group List For parents and practitioners to learn about coding and insurance problems. CA ONLY: Autism Insurance Information […]

State Medicaid

This is a very important piece of the puzzle. Medicaid can pick up what your insurance company doesn’t pay, including co-pays. Also, if your HMO has strict limits to the number of visits, Medicaid would kick in and pay after those visits have been exhausted, if you are using a Medicaid provider. Most states have Medicaid (income-dependant) […]

Autism Insurance Legislation

There are a number of efforts happening throughout the country to get autism treatments, or at least ABA therapy, covered in states. Parents and advocates are working together to get coverage. You can help too. Keep reading. States that have insurance legislation in place (some better than others): Arizona: Effective June 30, 2009. Covers therapy costing as […]

What is ERISA?

ERISA is the abbreviation for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.   Let’s say you live in a state with a parity law – like California’s AB88. Wahoo! Right? Not so fast. Here is the glitch – The law only pertains to SOME insurance companies. The insurance plans that are self-funded, are exempt!  Ouch. How do you know if your […]

Insurance Pays For What?

For a more detailed understanding of who is responsible for covering which specific expenses please see our Who Pays For What information. The “Who Pays for What” document covers: Service Name Service Description Who Delivers Service Who Funds Service Links It also explains Coverage Types (SSI, Insurance, Medicaid, etc) as well as definitions of therapies […]

Provider Directory

All families will be looking for quality & knowledgeable resources to help their child with autism achieve their potential. TACA offers three ways to find that information: CONTACT your local TACA Chapter for a referral. TACA has partnered with MY AUTISM TEAM for local providers in the area of speech, behavioral programming, respite and many […]