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.

Time: 1:00 – 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
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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March 7, 2015 IEP Autism Learning Seminar

1:00 – 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

This meeting is free, however an RSVP is requested. Click here to RSVP.

IEP Boot Camp Curriculum
*Troubleshoot your child’s IEP
*Complete your own IEP analysis
*Find strengths and weaknesses based on facts, data, and documents
*Learn about IDEA law & how it effects your child
*How to write measurable, objective & PURPOSEFUL IEP goals
*How to hold the IEP team accountable for progress
*How to strategically plan with your IEP team to maximize your child’s education
*Common Core Standards impact
*Assistive Technology integration
*Medical Vs Education diagnosis & services
*Hot Topics Q&A

Each participant of IEP Boot Camp MUST bring a copy of their child’s IEP or EI transition paperwork. IEP Boot Camp is a hands-on advocacy experience!

By the end of this workshop, you will:
*Be confident in designing, implementing and monitoring your child’s IEP.
*Be knowledgeable to ask the right questions and make the best decisions.
*Be empowered to become respected as the leader of your child’s IEP team.

Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed, CLC has been passionate about changing Special Education for the past 19 years. Inspired by her brother with Down Syndrome, she began advocating with parents for more effective special education programs after experiencing first hand the devastation of our school systems as a certified classroom teacher.

IEP Boot Camp, founded by Catherine, was created to educate and empower parents and professionals on how to design and implement special education programs for life long success.
As a parent of a child who is recovered from severe Epilepsy, Catherine understands the modern day special needs family and the struggles families are facing in both the education and medical communities.
Catherine works in many different settings, from large conferences such as AutismOne, IEP Boot Camps across the country, and also provides 1:1 family consulting & advocacy.

May 1-2, 2015 TACA National Autism Conference

Location: Penn State Great Valley
30 E. Swedesford Road
Malvern, PA 19355

TACA chapters on the East Coast are proud to be hosting TACA’s National Autism Conference on May 1st and 2nd at Penn State Great Valley. If you’ve attended TACA’s conferences before, you’ll notice this conference has an added day with two tracks to choose from on each day plus a Friday evening event sponsored by Master Supplements. Register early for lowest prices. Registration includes both days, lunch on both days, conference workbooks for both days, snacks and autism-friendly exhibitors sharing their products and services to help you learn.

Check out the details on the TACA Conference website and get yourself registered:

Coffee Talk & Learn – Algonquin

What: Discover how our research-validated programs can provide solutions for reading, comprehension, and math difficulties. Learning challenges that can accompany a diagnosis of dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, or autism will be discussed.

Speaker: Kelli Shannahan from Lindamoodbell.

Kelli earned her Masters of Education degree from DePaul University and her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Illinois State University. Kelli worked for Chicago Public Schools for six years as an Elementary Special Education teacher. Kelli is currently the Center Director,Lindamood-Bell Deerfield, helping hundreds of children with ADHD, dyslexia, and autism spectrum disorders improve their reading and comprehension skills.

Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Location: Panera Bread
451 South Randall Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
Directions from your location

Coffee Talk & Learn – Schaumburg

What: Fruits and vegetables are the fuel for our bodies healing. They are the true source of vitamins and minerals. Any other protocol we add to support recovery from disabilities, autism or normal everyday stress is magnified by optimal nutrition. Come learn what foods fuel our neurotransmitters; which nutrients are off balance in the presence of ASD, ADHD, Anxiety. You will be introduced to a study that provides free and easy fruits and vegetables, and an aeroponic garden for home or school.

Speakers: Lisa Mogge and Gay Russell

Lisa Mogge, MSEd is an early childhood special education teacher. Her classroom is now held in her home with her son who has autism and apraxia and her daughter who has ADHD and sensory processing disorder. Lisa has been active in the biomedical community and has tried many different protocols in the quest for health for her children. She will share what changes she has seen from incorporating whole food nutrition, particularly Juice Plus.

She serves her community as a wellness educator for Juice Plus+. She is sharing the wellness benefits of whole foods and Juice Plus+ while adding health insurance benefits for her family from The Juice Plus Company.

Gay Russell, LCSW, Children’s Health Advocate is a licensed Social Worker and has over 30 years experience working with children and families. She is a compassionate advocate for children’s health and happiness. Come learn with us, as Gay shares the knowledge she has gained about children’s health throughout her career in social work, special education, and private practice.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Location: Whole Foods Market
750 N. Martingale Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Driving Directions

Coffee Talk – Glen Ellyn

What: This is a great opportunity to support one another, share information and resources, and sneak out of the house for some adult time, too. Hope to see you there!
Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
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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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!

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