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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
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October 25, 2014 Autism Learning Seminar and Resource Fair
Featuring Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, Dr. David Berger and Shelley Hendrix

This is a FREE event, but an RSVP is required.

**NEW Location**:
Lanier Technical College/Forsyth Conference Center
3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd
Cumming, GA 30041

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Preconception through Infancy: Strategies to Reduce the Incidence of Chronic Disease in Children including Autism, ADHD, and More ~ David Berger, MD, FAAFP
With the autism incidence of 1 in 68, and the incidence in a second child at 1 in 6, many parents are looking for strategies to prevent autism. This presentation will explore nutritional,hormonal dietary and detoxification approaches that families can use to improve their health and the overall health of their future children. Dr Berger has not had any children who were born into his primary care practice go on to receive a diagnosis of Autism. He will explain how he uses these approaches to have wonderful outcomes for future children.

David Berger is a board-certified pediatrician who specializes in holistic pediatric primary care, nutritional and detoxification therapies for autism, ADHD and related disorders and immune dysregulation, such as allergies, asthma and autoimmune disorders. He also sees adults with these medical conditions. He graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1994 and completed his Pediatric Residency at the University of South Florida. He started using holistic therapies at the Tampa General Hospital/USF Pediatric Clinic during his residency. He has served as the team doctor for Tampa Catholic High School, the Medical Director for a summer camp run by the Tampa AIDS Network and the Medical Liaison for the Palm Beach County Breast Feeding Task Force. He has been in private practice since 1997, and in 2005, he opened Wholistic Pediatrics in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Berger has been an advanced practitioner of the Defeat Autism Now!/Autism Research Institute philosophy since 1999. In 2010, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing.

How YOU can help PASS Ava’s Law in 2015 ~ Shelley Hendrix

Shelley Hendrix has been organizing political grassroots activity for over 20 years, 16 of those within the autism community through both Unlocking Autism and as the National Director of Grassroots Advocacy for Autism Speaks. In this session, she will reveal tips she has learned along the way to help you become a more successful advocate, as well as update us on the current status of the Ava’s Law initiative to bring autism insurance reform to the state of Georgia. You can make a difference but you and 10 of your friends working with you can make more!

Shelley’s son, Liam, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two in 1998. Since that diagnosis, Shelley has become a leader in the autism community, organizing political rallies across the country and teaching parents how to get involved in government activity. She began working at Autism Speaks in September of 2007. Shelley has served on an advisory panel with the U.S. Department of Defense Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Program for Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs since the program’s inception in 2007. This program works to fund and develop innovative strategies in autism research with a goal of helping people impacted with autism. In 2005, Spectrum Publications named Shelley “Person of the Year” for her work within the autism community and in 2006 she was named one of the Top 10 Faces of Autism. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA with a double major in political science and art history.

Effective Therapies for Autism: Ranging from Brain Physics to Immunological Interventions for the Gut and the Brain ~ Jeff Bradstreet, MD, MD(H) FAAFP, FMAPS
Over the past 17 years I have attempted to explore and document what forms of therapy work for individuals with autism related issues. The key is the individual rather than the statistics of group responses. One child may need intensive metal detoxification, while another needs advanced immunological treatments. One child may respond vigorously the hyperbaric oxygen while another begins speaking in sentences after transcranial magnetic therapy. This presentation will span the peer-reviewed literature to create an algorithm for how to address each case and how best to determine which therapies will likely be effective. The goal is to focus on the individual needs and methodologies to determine best practices.

Dr. Bradstreet
is extensively published and involved in ongoing research into the immune system and brain physics (TMS/MRT) of autism. He is on faculty at Western University of Health Sciences Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education (FACE) and is working with the faculty to develop innovative biomedical techniques to restore functionality to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He recent publications cover topics in immunology, brain imaging and stem cell interventions.

December 6, 2014 SAVE THE DATE! – 3rd Annual Jingle Jamboree

TACA Georgia’s Jingle Jamboree will include full use of Monkey Joe’s inflatables, Meet and Greet with Santa, music, and more.
This event is free but registration is required. Click here to RSVP

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Monkey Joes
700 Holcomb Bridge Rd.
Suite 200
Roswell, GA 30076
Driving Directions

TBA 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: 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Starbucks (Look for us in the meeting room)
435 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 400
Cumming, GA 30041
Driving Directions

Scholarships Available

TACA Scholarships for an iPad Mini to be used as an assistive communication device are available to families in Georgia. For eligibility requirements and to apply for a TACA Scholarship apply online here:
Deadline to apply is November 1st, 2014.


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