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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
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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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 implementation

Trusts 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
Directions from your location

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.

November 12, 2016 Autism Learning Seminar - Life With Autism: In Their Own Words

Ruth will discuss the trials and challenges of getting better, healthier, and moving forward to maturity, not just aging, before and after the diagnosis of autism. While going through the process of having two of her four children diagnosed, she also rediscovered her own diagnosis from childhood that was not talked about. Discovering, instead of being told, is part of the process to maturity. She will discuss the challenges of having Autism medically confirmed and respected by professionals, and why it is still very important to her to try to educate the larger community and the world. Embracing the diagnosis so the person with autism can obtain healthy physical, mental, and spiritual development and have a life of contribution and purpose to the best of their ability is the goal.

Many disabilities such as Down Syndrome and Williams Syndrome consist of neurological, psychological, AND physiological symptoms, and much research has acknowledged this. But not everyone is aware that autism also consists of physiological issues (often referred to as "biomedical" issues) alongside the psychological and neurological issues associated with autism. Listen to an adult with autism who lives with, and copes with biomedical issues alongside his autism discuss the issues he has lived with and lives with, and what it feels like to go through the classical symptoms of autism with the biomedical issues that are also endured by many people with autism. He will also discuss how he has helped others with autism understand biomedical issues through his work as a self-advocate with autism.

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

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 PM

Location: Home State Bank, Community Meeting Room (on basement level)
611 S. Main Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Directions from your location

Ruth Snyder, RN
Ruth was born and raised in a small town in Illinois. Non-verbal and institutionalized as a child, she was diagnosed with autism. Her family was unable to ever discuss it with her or around her, so the autism truth was neglected and ignored until it was forgotten. The persistence she had come to know, which others may have called obsessions, allowed her to obtain many life goals that most believe an autistic cannot ever obtain — marriage, children, home ownership, and many different kinds of jobs until a career in health care became her final obsession, and humor began to ease the tension as faith began to teach the lessons people could not.

She relocated with her family to Virginia in 1999 where her faith journey began, and she was allowed to learn the truth as the autism triad was first discovered by her employer almost immediately. Only then could the appropriate treatment begin. Then in 2002, when a very traumatic event occurred that changed the world as she knew it, the logic of autism took over and demanded to know what was wrong — physically and medically with the “me” she never knew.

James Williams is an adult with autism. He was diagnosed at the age of three in 1991. He graduated from Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois, in 2010. Today, he travels the United States lecturing on autism, and is the author of three books — “Out to Get Jack,” “The H.A.L. Experiment,” and “When Gary Comes to Play.” He is also a musician that has performed at anime conventions such as Daisho Con, MetroCon, and Kitsune Kon, and other venues such as National Hobo Convention. He also consults regularly at schools on autism.

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, 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 - 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
Directions from your location

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: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Date: No December Coffee Talk
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Location: Panera Bread
541 Roosevelt Rd.
(in the Jewel strip mall)
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Directions from your location
For more information contact Erin Micklo

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