Pennsylvania

Come to a TACA Meeting!

TACA holds monthly meetings in many locations throughout the United States that feature educational speakers on important topics and allow family members to connect with one another and stay on top of the latest information in the autism world.

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.

**Applications are now being accepted for the TACA Pennsylvania Chapter Summer Camp Scholarship (Philadelphia area only)**

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**Applications are now being accepted for the TACA Pennsylvania Chapter MAPS Scholarship**

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Are you wondering what happens at a TACA meeting? Watch our video.

Date: Meets the 1st Friday of each month
Time: 7:00 – 7:15 PM Parent Support and Networking
7:15 PM Introduction and Meeting Presentation.
Location: Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church
3625 Chapel Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Directions from your location
Coordinators: Contact Honey Rinicella and Pattie Moor
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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Disability Life Planning

About: Learn what you need to know now to help your child long-term. Transition planning needs to start before adolescence, and preferably as early as possible. Key issues for transitioning young adults will be addressed at this month's talk.

Michele helps families navigate through life's twists and turns - providing you the stepping stones for disability planning. Proper planning needs to take into account social, government services, religious and financial needs to forge a holistic pro-action approach to life.

Planned topics include:
• Why is it vital to become eligible for SSI/SSDI?
• Is it possible to work and still receive benefits such as Medical Assistance and federal cash benefits?
• What is a Special Needs Trust and why is it imperative to consider one? (3-Person Retirement?)
• What is a waiver? Are there waivers for those with IQs above 70?
• How can I blend state and federal government programs while preparing for his/her future?
• What is the difference between an IEP and an ISP?
• What is the difference between Medicaid and Medicare?
• What and why is Person Centered Planning important?
• The ABLE Act. What is it and what does it mean for savings and Special Needs Trusts?
• What’s the difference between Power of Attorney and Guardianship?
• What are future housing options?

Speaker: Michele A. Leahy, MS, is Founder and CEO of M. Leahy & Associates, a firm dedicated to life planning for those with disabilities as well as their families. Michele understands disability challenges from both a professional and very personal perspective. After managing grants intended to navigate government benefits, including Social Security, Michele led the charge in Southeastern PA to reach out to students with disabilities and their families facing a future of uncertainty. She assists in developing strategies of funding special needs trusts with creating a roadmap to meaningful adult supports. Her drive led her to assist students with disabilities exiting the school system to develop a holistic planned approach of blending and braiding community and financial supports.

Learn more about Michele Leahy's work at http://www.leahylifeplan.com/

Date: August 5, 2016 
Time: 7:00 – 7:15 PM Parent Support and Networking
7:15 PM Q & A
Location: Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church
3625 Chapel Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Directions from your location

TACA Monthly Meeting - September 2016

About: No meeting in September due to the holiday weekend.
Date: September 2016 

Coffee Talk - Langhorne, PA

About:
Come and receive some extra support or to chat all topics related to autism and meet other TACA families. To RSVP please email: Megan Fennelly at mofennelly@gmail.com
Dates: TBA
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Location: Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center
848 Town Center Drive
Langhorne, PA 19047
Driving Directions

Coffee Talk - Malvern, PA

About: Coffee Talk
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.
Date: TBA
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Wegmans - Cafe
50 Foundry Way
Malvern, PA 19355
Driving Directions

Coffee Talk - Warrington, PA

About: Coffee Talk
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.
Date: TBA
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: Wegmans – 2nd floor
1405 Main St (Rte 611)
Warrington, PA 18976
Driving Directions

Coffee Talk - Newtown Square, PA (or Edgmont)

About: Coffee Talk
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.
Date: TBA
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Starbucks (Marville / Edgmont Shopping Center)
4855 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073

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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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