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 […]

Tell Congress. Share YOUR autism story.

By Lisa Ackerman   Even though the DC Autism hearing occurred last week in congress there is still a chance to have your voice heard. You can submit your testimony to be part of the public record. You have until December 6, 2012 by 5pm EST to submit your testimony. Please email the testimony to: […]

Urgent Diagnostic Changes to Autism: what parents need to know

By Lisa Ackerman I am deeply saddened to see the new DSM 5 criteria for how autism spectrum disorders will be diagnosed. TACA has been alerting families, pushing for parent feedback and revisions to these new criteria since December 2011. Please read how this will affect your lives Even Allen Frances, Professor Emeritus from […]

They do all the hard work

by Lisa Ackerman OC Family magazine featured 10 Orange County moms to be recognized in their top supermom November issue: To be considered one of OC’s top ten moms is a real honor. I laugh thinking about the therapy time I have racked up for my kids or husband.  Hopefully this wonderful award somewhat […]

Autism Hearing in Congress November 29th: important action items for families

AUTISM  HEARING  IN CONGRESS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29th AT 2:00 PM RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING – ROOM 2154   By Lisa Ackerman First, I want to thank Safe Minds and Beth Clay for leading the way to call for a DC Autism Congressional Hearing.  I wanted to make sure to let families know it is occurring […]

Happy Thanksgiving from TACA

By Lisa Ackerman Resources for families & the holidays: TACA recipe database TACA Thanksgiving tips TACA Facebook page Autism and the holidays Note: This message went out earlier this week via TACA’s enewsletter. If you did not receive it please take a moment to JOIN TACA. It is free and only […]

Shh…. The Secret to Successful IEP Meetings: Part 2 – at the Meeting

Blog by Summer Stech, Esquire – TACA’s Legal Advocate TACAnowblog series: Legal Advocacy The school year is well underway and winter break is around the corner.  By now you may have already had an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting – or two or three – or maybe your child’s triennial or annual review is coming […]

Controversy: I believe in people diagnosed with autism

By Lisa Ackerman Ok, I admit it; this article may be counter to public opinion. This article may strike someone as “that is not possible.” Once you read the next sentence, you will understand the title of this blog:  I believe in people diagnosed with autism.  So call me controversial because I choose to believe […]

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 […]

Retard! Autistic Part II

By Lisa Ackerman Sadly, I thought the topic above would be a “one time” blog.  Occasionally someone in the public eye says something they should not say or use words that deeply offend. Using the word  “retard” happened again on Twitter. This occurrence was right after the third Presidential debate on October 22nd.  Political commentator […]

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: 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: 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: Keahi is taking amazing steps toward a bright future. […]

What do I tell the community about autism?

By Lisa Ackerman Autism is hard to describe to someone whose life has not been personally affected by it (i.e. their own child, sibling, niece, nephew, neighbor, best friend’s child, etc.)  When to you talk to someone about autism that is directly “unaffected” they already have a vision in their mind. The most famous, of […]

TACAnowblog has hit 100,000 readers!

By Lisa Ackerman Since April 2011, TACA has posted 90 different blogs from a variety of physicians, industry experts, parents and friends.  This blog was launched with the singular goal of educating families and community about the latest autism news and information. We are excited to know we have hit this milestone of 100,000 readers! […]

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 […]

I have a dream…

Lisa Ackerman 49 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream speech.” It is one of the greatest speeches of all time. This man and speech inspired a movement that defined history. Dr. King and his speech is STILL hugely significant 49 years later. The speech represents a rally cry […]