San Diego

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.

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

Date: Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month (except August and December)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church
17010 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92128
Directions from your location
RBCPC is on a large church campus. We meet in the Lower Fireside room. Park in the lower (southern) parking lot for best access to our meeting room. Lower Fireside is DOWNSTAIRS in the main church building.
Note: We have no affiliation to the church, so please do not contact them regarding our group.
Coordinator: Contact Vanessa Surprise and Nancy Kirkman
Child care: Not available at this time, sorry.
Equal Participation: Please contact TACA if you will require an accommodation to participate.
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February 9, 2017 North County Coffee Talk
We are now on our way to a wonderful 2017. Each month will bring a fresh new location within North County for our North County Coffee Talk. Receive the support you need and make friends with other Autism parents just like you. We will be rotating locations throughout North County each month in an effort to reach more families in our community. Stay tuned for next months North County location! Get more information about Naked Cafe Carlsbad here:
Hosts: Vanessa Surprise and Malinda Cook

Vanessa Surprise is one of the Co-Coordinators of our TACA San Diego Chapter and a proud mom of 3 with her youngest child, an 11 year old son, on the spectrum.
Malinda Cook is a wonderful TACA San Diego Mentor and proud mom to her 14 year old daughter on the spectrum.

An RSVP is requested for this event. Please RSVP here.

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Naked Cafe Carlsbad
300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 107A
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Driving Directions
Park in the lot for the 300 Carlsbad Village shopping center. Naked Cafe is downstairs near the courtyard.

February 11-12, 2017 Join TACA San Diego at the GF&AF Expo San Diego
Join TACA San Diego at the GF&AF Expo right here in San Diego county. We will be at our booth Saturday 02-11-2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 02-12-2017 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information on the EXPO and to purchase tickets visit their website at

We know that living a gluten-free lifestyle or having food allergies can be a challenge, but the helpful brands and experts at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo helps visitors navigate their dietary needs with ease. Visitors network with vendors, bloggers, and authors to pick up lifestyle tips and take home tasty gluten-free treats, while classes deliver everyday know-how for visitors to navigate their special-diet lifestyle. With over 100 companies in attendance and plenty of booths (like ours) and exhibits to peruse, guests leave with plenty of gluten-free and allergen-friendly food samples, purchases of unique items, and lots of coupons.

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Wyland Center
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014-2216
Driving Directions

February 15, 2017 Central San Diego Coffee Talk
Join other autism families just like yours. Make friends and receive the support you need to continue to make 2017 a great one! We will provide the much needed coffee and a light snack. Just bring yourself. We always look forward to seeing you. Hosted by Nancy Kirkman.
Nancy Kirkman is a Co-Coordinator of the TACA San Diego Chapter and a proud mom of 3, 2 girls and a son. She has 2 children on the spectrum.

Please note that this coffee talk ends at noon. It is located in an industrial park just east of Interstate 15 towards the back of the complex at The Center For Health and Human Potential. We have the space to ourselves for duration of the event.

An RSVP is requested for this event. Please RSVP here.

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Center for Health and Human Potential
6342 Riverdale St.
San Diego, CA 92120
Driving Directions

February 28, 2017 Let's Get Fermenting-A TACA San Diego Hands On Workshop
Many individuals living with Autism have issues with food intolerance, digestion and their gastrointestinal systems in general. Last month we addressed these issues and more as we played a Webinar featuring the immensely knowledgeable Dr. Devin Houston. We had interactive discussion and shared our collective digestion knowledge. This month we put it into action as we create some simple vegetable ferments with you. Bring a mason jar, a loved one, a friend or both! Let's get fermenting together! *We will also provide extra mason jars in case you forget one.

An RSVP is requested for this event. Please RSVP here.

Co Hosted by TACA San Diego Coordinators Vanessa Surprise and Nancy Kirman.
Vanessa Surprise is a proud mom of 3 kids. She has 2 teenage daughters and an 11 year old son With Autism.
Nancy Kirkman is a proud mom of 3 kids too. She has 2 daughters and a son. 2 of her 3 children have Autism.

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Location: Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church
17010 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92128
Directions from your location

All new attendees will receive a free TACA Journey Guide! We have a lending library and plenty of free resources and information available.
*Please note that this meeting is held at the RBCPC in the Lower Fireside room. This room is on the south end of the church. Park in the lot next to the ball fields. The meeting ends at 8:30 pm and we must be out of the room by 9:00 pm.

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