Illinois

Come to a TACA Event!

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, Johna Sommer and Silvia Martinez
Child care: Not offered at this time, sorry
Equal Participation: Please contact TACA if you will require an accommodation to participate.
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IEP Workshop - Algonquin

What: IEP Advocacy & Goal Writing
The Purpose of Your Child's IEP, It's Not What You Think! - When you understand this piece, your advocacy skills will drastically improve, FOREVER!
-How to Build a Long Term Vision for Your Child that Makes Sense to the School Team
-How to Decide Good IEP Goals vs Bad IEP Goals
-Know When to Give Up on a Goal and When to Stick it Out
-Get Teachers to Listen to What Your Child Needs
-Learn How to Push Your Child to Learn More WITHOUT causing MORE MELTDOWNS!
-How to Decide an Appropriate Placement and Schedule for Your Child

Speaker: Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed, CLC

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Location: Daily Projects Cafe
124 S Randall Rd
Algonquin, IL 60102
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Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed is passionate about advocating for special needs families. She has a brother with Down Syndrome and has been in the special needs community professionally as an advocate, speaker and consultant for over 20 years. Catherine began advocating for better, more effective special education programs after experiencing the challenges of our school systems as a certified special education teacher.
Catherine's mission is to educate and empower parents and professionals on how to design and implement special education programs for success. She has founded the Online IEP Help Center, travels nationwide to speak with parents & IEP teams, and reaches over 100,000 families weekly through social media. Catherine helps both parents and professionals build IEPs and action plans to help all children prepare for Further Education, Employment and Independent Living to the best of their ability with an emphasis of never letting a label limit a child.

Autism Coffee Talk Day - Algonquin, IL

About:
A TACA Coffee Talk is where you can come to talk about all things autism! Whether you are new to the autism journey or have been on the journey for several years, there is a place for you at the TACA table. Come join us for coffee and conversation as we help each other to find the answers for our families.
An RSVP is requested for this event. Please RSVP here.
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Daily Projects Cafe
124 S Randall Rd
Algonquin, IL 60102
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Autism Coffee Talk Day - Marion, IL

About:
A TACA Coffee Talk is where you can come to talk about all things autism! Whether you are new to the autism journey or have been on the journey for several years, there is a place for you at the TACA table. Come join us for coffee and conversation as we help each other to find the answers for our families.
An RSVP is requested for this event. Please RSVP here.
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Cornerstone Church Cafe
2705 Walton Way
Marion, IL 62959
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Autism Coffee Talk Day - Schaumburg, IL

About:
A TACA Coffee Talk is where you can come to talk about all things autism! Whether you are new to the autism journey or have been on the journey for several years, there is a place for you at the TACA table. Come join us for coffee and conversation as we help each other to find the answers for our families.
An RSVP is requested for this event. Please RSVP here.
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Whole Foods
750 N Martingale Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
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Autism Coffee Talk Day - Plainfield, IL

About:
A TACA Coffee Talk is where you can come to talk about all things autism! Whether you are new to the autism journey or have been on the journey for several years, there is a place for you at the TACA table. Come join us for coffee and conversation as we help each other to find the answers for our families.
An RSVP is requested for this event. Please RSVP here.
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Panera
2360 Rt 59
Plainfield, IL 60586
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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!
Date: TBA
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 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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Yahoo!

Email lists are a great way to stay connected between meetings. You can subscribe, read emails and ask questions all related to autism. These lists connect you to other parents like you!

Here is how to connect:

Step 1 - Get a Yahoo! user ID and password

Step 2 - Search for groups in your area. Here are some groups we like:

Step 3 - Click on “Join This Group”

Step 4 - Set your account to “Individual Emails,” “Daily Digest” or “Web Only.” GFCFkids is not affiliated with TACA.

 

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