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TACA Georgia 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.

Coordinators: Contact Christi O’Neal, Janey Guined, and Jackie Moore
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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January 23, 2015 TACA Coffee Talk

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!

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Starbucks (Look for us in the meeting room)
435 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 400
Cumming, GA 30041
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February 7, 2015 IEP Autism Learning Seminar

Allison Vrolijk, Attorney and Debbie Dobbs, Advocate

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Johns Creek United Methodist Church
11180 Medlock Bridge Road
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Driving Directions

This event is free, however an RSVP is requested. Please click here to RSVP.

Tips on Writing an Effective IEP:
The first step to ensuring that your child’s education is meaningful and beneficial is having an effective IEP. In this portion of the seminar, you will learn how to write an effective IEP, from preparing for your meeting by developing your end goals and strategy BEFORE the IEP meeting, to writing correct and detailed Present Levels of Performance, to drafting goals and objectives that are SMART, to ensuring that data is taken and reported accurately, to securing, in writing, all of the services that were agreed upon.

Identifying and Managing Behavior Problems and the School Discipline Process:
When a child’s behavior is disrupting their learning or the learning of others, a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is warranted. We will discuss the pros and cons of a BIP and what evaluations need to be taken before an intervention plan is written. Effective practices and procedures for the evaluation process will be outlined. Positive behavioral reinforcements and preventative options are integral parts of behavior plans. Sometimes this is not enough. If behaviors escalate and a child is disciplined, we will discuss your parental rights. The rules on restraint and seclusion will also be outlined.

Allison B. Vrolijk received an undergraduate degree in computer science with a minor in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Albany, where she graduated magna cum laude. She earned her law degree from Duke University School of Law.

Allison previously worked for the State of Georgia Attorney General’s Office, in the capital litigation and post-conviction criminal litigation sections. There, she filed extensive post-hearing and appellate briefs, litigated habeas corpus petitions both at the state and federal level, and filed oppositions to petitions to the United States Supreme Court. She also previously prosecuted felony cases as an Assistant District Attorney in Gainesville, Georgia. At both of these previous positions, Allison gained extensive courtroom, general litigation and interpersonal experience.

Allison is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Georgia. She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and is a graduate of the Georgia Advocacy Office’s Parent Leadership Support Project VIII. She has served on the Board of Ethics of the City of Roswell since January 2011, and has served on the Unified Development Code Committee for the City of Roswell. Allison has previously served as a member of the Board of the International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Branch and currently serves on its Nominations Committee.

Debbie Dobbs received her Master’s Degree of Science in Management focusing on Organizational Behavior and Development with a sub emphasis in Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University. She has two wonderful children that are her joy and pride and also happen to have numerous disabilities. Since the birth of her son, she has been helping other parents advocate for their children’s rights in her role as a Special Education Consultant and Child Advocate. She received training by the Georgia Advocacy Office via the Parent Leadership Support Project and by attending numerous educational advocacy workshops and educational opportunities. Prior to this she worked over 20 years in the medical industry in a variety of capacities including practice management and consulting.

The mission of Debbie Dobbs Advocacy, LLC is to advocate for children with special needs to have appropriate educational and financial resources and opportunities. Debbie assists parents by attending school based meetings and helping create a good educational plan. She can help with eligibility meetings, IEP’s, 504’s, manifestation meetings, behavioral intervention plans, and more. Debbie works with families who have children with numerous disabilities including but not limited to autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, emotional and behavioral disorders, mitochondrial disease, Down Syndrome, visually impaired, speech and language disorders, intellectually disabled and food allergies. Debbie is able to work with parents behind the scenes by offering lay advocate advice and guidance. She attends school based meetings such as IEP’s, Eligibility, 504, manifestation determination meetings.

March 14, 2015 Harlem Globetrotters Team up with TACA

The Harlem Globetrotters are once again teaming up with TACA Georgia. TACA families can purchase tickets at a discounted price of $18.00 (regular $33) for the 2:00 and 7:00pm games. TACA group family seating will be available at the 2:00 pm game so that your family can be seated with other families who understand autism and the challenges that sometimes come on that journey.

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Location: The Arena at Gwinnett Center
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway #100
Duluth, GA 30097

RSVP ticket purchase is required. You can purchase your tickets by To order tickets contact Jake Rubin at 800-641-4667 x151 or email your order to: . Let him know you’re a TACA Georgia family and he will help you out.

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