Accomplishments

History

2000

November – First TACA meeting held in the Ackerman living room with 10 families

2001

November – TACA establishes Chapters in San Fernando Valley, CA & San Diego, CA

2002

TACA sends out its first e-news letter and launches www.TACAnow.org
 
TACA’s Costa Mesa (Orange County) Chapter moves to larger location due to the increasing number of parents attending meetings
 
The first version of the Parent Binder is available; it later becomes the Autism Journey Guide
 
TACA establishes two California Chapters in the Inland Empire and South Bay
 
200,000 of TACA’s “My Child Has Autism” cards are distributed for the first time

2003

Coffee Talk is held at the Costa Mesa Chapter for the first time

2004

Lisa Ackerman becomes full-time, volunteer TACA Executive Director
 
TACA establishes the Visalia and Santa Rosa Chapters
 
Grandma Sharon & Julie Ward present at the first Recovered Kids Meeting
 
First TACA Picnic is held at Camp James in Irvine, CA

2005

TACA’s 1st Family & Friends Campaign raises $30,000
 
TACA establishes the 1st Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program

2006

TACA’s first printed newsletter is distributed
 
Autism Journey Guide & DVD released
 
TACA & Jack FM team up for Jack’s FIRST Show concert

2007

First TACA Leadership Conference held
 
TACA establishes the Los Angeles Chapter
 
1st Ante Up for Autism raises $370,000

2008

2nd Annual Leadership Conference with 60 in attendance
 
TACA goes nationwide: new chapters in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin
 
TACA’s Live Chat launched at TACAnow.org

2009

3rd Annual Leadership Conference with 70 in attendance from 20 states
 
TACA receives a $300,000 grant from Pacific Life Foundation to begin three new programs for families
 
TACA adds new chapters in Arizona, Alabama, California, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee

2010

Oakley – TACA sunglasses become available
 
4th Annual Leadership Conference with 60 in attendance from 22 states