Programs & Services
TACA has been providing services since 2000 and all of the programs and services are provided at little or no cost to families. To read about our past accomplishments please click here.
Encouragement & Support
Chapter Monthly Meetings & Coffee Talks
TACA has local chapters in several states around the United States that provide outreach to families affected by autism via monthly educational meetings and coffee talks. Monthly chapter meetings feature expert speakers on a variety of autism related topics while our informal Coffee Talks, bring together experienced and new parents to learn and discuss autism best practices, as well as share stories about their children’s hurdles and triumphs. Coffee Talks for parents are also offered in Spanish in limited locations.
Autism Education Events
TACA offers parents many additional educational opportunities, such as our Autism Learning Seminars, Special Education Law Lectures & Clinics, and National TACA Autism Conferences, which focus on autism-related topics like advocacy and medical issues, featuring expert guest speakers from around the United States.
Autism Journey Guides & Blueprints
Our Autism Journey Guides provide parents a comprehensive overview of best practices following the autism diagnosis and throughout the autism journey. Guides are available for free to new families attending their first TACA event. They can also be purchased from Shop TACA and shipped anywhere in the U.S. Included in the Autism Journey Guide is our Autism Journey Blueprints, providing an outline format of the Guide and offering parents an easier way to read and learn about autism intervention, therapies and medical treatments.
Website, E-Newsletters & Autism Events Listing
Our website provides in-depth, comprehensive information for parents regarding the autism journey, and information about upcoming TACA and other local autism community events. You can easily subscribe to receive our free e-newsletters with the latest autism news and listing of educational, support and social family community events.
TACA offers parent training via webinars. Topics include educational; therapies and finances; medical and diet; ages and stages. Webinar announcements are sent in the TACA National e-news and require on-line registration. For more details, please go to http://www.tacanow.org/webinars/. Live webinars are free; recorded webinars are offered to TACA + members.
TACA Chapter Libraries
Chapters maintain a free lending library with books, CDs, and DVDs.
Parent Empowerment & Support
TACA provides support for thousands of families each year during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. We may be reached via telephone toll free (855) 726-7810 or (949) 640-4401, email and Live Chat.
Live Chat offers information and referrals regarding the autism journey. Available on the TACA website, LiveChat is staffed by TACA Parent Mentors.
TACA Parent Mentor Program
Families affected by autism can be matched with a free, personal TACA Parent Mentor. Our Mentors are screened, experienced, trained and supported as they guide parents on the autism journey.
TACA Parent Mentors offer one-on-one support, general suggestions, and information about autism-related topics, including medical insurance; behavioral issues; navigating the school system; biomedical treatments; and dietary intervention. For more details about our Mentor Program, please click here.
Scholarship Programs: Family Scholarships
TACA understands how difficult it is to stretch the family budget to include all the treatments necessary for your child. Our aim is to provide funding as it becomes available. The application process is competitive and not all qualified applicants will be awarded a scholarship. For more detailed information and a current listing of opportunities available, please click here.
Spanish Outreach & Services
TACA offers outreach to the Latino autism community including Coffee Talks and workshops in Spanish; parent support; mentoring; and printed and online materials. We collaborate with other disability-related organizations by attending and speaking at conferences. Spanish Coffee Talks are offered in select locations, but general support and information in Spanish is offered nationwide via the TACA website and the Parent Mentor program.
Autism Youth Ambassadors
Children with autism are often bullied, misunderstood and are vulnerable to abuse. TACA’s Youth Ambassador Program educates teens and young adults to support their peers with autism. For more information and a list of participating schools, visit http://www.tacanow.org/ways-to-help/autism-youth-ambassadors/