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TACA Illinois holds Autism Learning Seminars, Coffee Talks and family events throughout the year. Our seminars feature educational speakers on important topics for ASD families. Our Coffee Talks and family events provide more settings where families can informally network, share resources and speak with seasoned parents.

Each TACA group maintains a resource library of the latest autism books and DVDs/CDs that can be checked out by members at no charge.

Coordinators: Contact Linda Betzold, Sara DiFucci and Johna Sommer
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Equal Participation: Please contact TACA if you will require an accommodation to participate.
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October 1, 2016 Autism Learning Seminar - Planning the Financial Future, The ABLE Act and Trusts and Guardianship

Planning the Financial Future

Join Mary Anne Ehlert, President and Founder of Protected Tomorrows, Inc., in an interactive, uplifting and educational presentation. Participants will walk away with an understanding of how to create a map of the future. We will discuss how to prepare financially, incorporate and maximize government benefits and prepare for transition.The ABLE Act
If you are ready to save tax-free for expenses for your loved one with a disability, without losing government benefits - please join us on October 1st, 2016. Learn about the advantages of the new ABLE Act and if it's right for you.
Topics to be covered include:
-What is an ABLE Account
-Eligibility
-Impact to other resources/government benefits
-How much you can save
-What types of accounts are allowed
-How to set up your account
-Qualified expenses
-Current state-level implementationTrusts and Guardianship
This presentation will describe special needs trusts, their purpose, how they operate, and why special needs trusts are so important for parents with special needs children. Tom will also describe the steps required to become guardian for your child, when and if parents should start the process, and some common hurdles parents should be prepared to overcome.

This seminar is free to attend, however an RSVP is required. Please RSVP here.

Time: 1:30 - 5:00 PM

Location: Home State Bank, Community Meeting Room (on basement level)
611 S. Main Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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Mary Anne Ehlert is a financial professional and sister to an individual with disabilities. She is highly regarded as a specialist in working with families of individuals with disabilities and serves on the boards of several organizations, including Special Olympics Illinois, advisory board for ITK (Integrative Touch for Kids) and NDI (National Disability Institute).

Thomas H. Clark is an attorney whose practice, Thomas Clark Law, is concentrated in the field of Estate Planning and Probate, which consists primarily of drafting wills and trusts, administering decedent estates, and representing clients in guardianship proceedings. In addition to having an in-depth knowledge and understanding of estate and special needs planning, Tom has also learned, first-hand, the challenges facing the parents of “special needs” children. He and his wife, Molly, are proud parents of Jackson “Jackie Bear” Clark, who was diagnosed with Autism in 2005.

Coffee Talk - Schaumburg

What: Come to us with your biggest concerns, topics that interest you or daily struggles you may need help with and in a moderated, roundtable style discussion we will address the hottest issues and pick the brains of families that have been there. Come for referrals, advice, recipes, resources and learn from the experiences of others. We each can’t know everything, but when we come together great things happen!
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Location: Whole Foods Market
750 N. Martingale Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
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Coffee Talk & Learn - Crystal Lake

About: Come learn about equine-assisted therapy and tour the farm! We will also have part of the morning to chat about anything else related to autism, like our usual TACA Coffee Talks.

horseDream Riders at MCCD is a not-for-profit facility dedicated to advocate services to benefit the whole family in a friendly farm environment. Our team provides therapy for children and adults to address physical, sensory, and social concerns, using a variety of treatments and therapeutic methods. Some programs offered at the Center include physical, occupational and speech therapy, equine-assisted therapy, therapeutic riding, and riding lessons. Our staff and volunteers are committed to giving the support needed to maximize each individual’s results and help them achieve their goals. Licensed therapists administer and manage each therapy session, using a diverse range of therapeutic tools selected based on the needs of the individual. Equine-assisted therapy and therapeutic riding and horsemanship are strategies used in our treatment plans. www.dreamriderstlc.com
An RSVP is requested for this event. Please RSVP here.

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Location: Dream Riders at MCCD
4701 N. Oak Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
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Coffee Talk - Algonquin

What: Come to us with your biggest concerns, topics that interest you or daily struggles you may need help with and in a moderated, roundtable style discussion we will address the hottest issues and pick the brains of families that have been there. Come for referrals, advice, recipes, resources and learn from the experiences of others. We each can’t know everything, but when we come together great things happen!
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Location: Panera Bread
451 South Randall Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
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Coffee Talk - Glen Ellyn

What: Come to us with your biggest concerns, topics that interest you or daily struggles you may need help with and in a moderated, roundtable style discussion we will address the hottest issues and pick the brains of families that have been there. Come for referrals, advice, recipes, resources and learn from the experiences of others. We each can’t know everything, but when we come together great things happen! **This coffee talk meets later in the afternoon on Sundays during the summer.**
Date: No August Coffee Talk
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: Panera Bread
541 Roosevelt Rd.
(in the Jewel strip mall)
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
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For more information contact Erin Micklo

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