Illinois

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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.

Coordinators: Contact Linda Betzold, Johna Sommer and Silvia Martinez
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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Autism Learning Seminar - Medical

About: How to Speak the Nervous System’s Language, The Effects of Mold and Mycotoxins on Your Health and Utilizing Clinical Nutrigenomics (SNP's) for Methylation, Oxidation and Detoxification Support

How to Speak the Nervous System’s Language with Dr. Greg Brown
We will review what neurotransmitters do and how assessing and balancing them can impact your child’s behavior and health.
Gregory L. Brown, MD is a board certified Internist whose current focus is the integrative medical treatment of ASD, ADD and ADHD as well as the many immune, infectious, gastrointestinal and systemic problems faced by these individuals and many others. His practice has grown to include chronic infectious disease and most particularly chronic Lyme Disease. Dr. Brown is a physician at Serenity Health Care Center, 2607 N Grandview Rd., Suite 150, Waukesha, WI, 53188. www.serenityhealthcarecenter.com

The Effects of Mold and Mycotoxins on Your Health with Sonja Hintz, RN
Mold and mycotoxins can have a negative effect on immune system and overall health. We will review testing, treatment and outcomes we have seen in our practice at Serenity Health Care Center.
Sonja Hintz is a registered nurse and the mother of a twenty year old son, Alexander, who no longer has autism. Through the use of therapeutic dietary intervention, biomedical treatments and other therapies, Alex has made a recovery. Sonja currently provides biomedical treatments at Serenity Health Care Center. Sonja and Alex are also co-authors of a chapter in “Vaccine Epidemic.” She has been using functional medicine to improve the lives of her patients for fifteen years.

Utilizing Clinical Nutrigenomics (SNP's) for Methylation, Oxidation and Detoxification Support with Dr. Anju Usman
Dr. Usman will discuss the role of nutrition and the environment on genetic expression. She will discuss key SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) involved in methylation, oxidative stress and detoxification. Understanding one’s genetic predispositions allows interventions to be individualized which improves outcomes.
Dr. Anju Usman is the director of True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois. She has been using evidence-based, integrative medical interventions to help children diagnosed with ADD, autism, allergies, gastrointestinal issues and related disorders for over fifteen years. She has conducted research involving copper/zinc imbalances, metallothionein dysfunction, biofilm-related infections, vitamin D in pregnancy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She is a member of TACA’s Physician Advisory Board. Dr. Usman received her medical degree from Indiana University. She completed a residency in Family Practice at Cook County Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois and is board certified in Family Practice.

This event is free for families, however an RSVP is required. Please RSVP here.

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 5:45 PM
Location: Schaumburg Public Library
Central Library in Rasmussen South
130 S. Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60192
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Illinois Advocacy - Learning Seminar

Topics: PANDAS Law and the Autism and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions Awareness ACT or Illinois Public Act 99-0788
Speaker: Laura Cellini

Laura Cellini has been a public policy advocate for autism and health related issues since her son was diagnosed with regressive autism 17 years ago. She has served on numerous Illinois government and nonprofit organization advisory committees. A former lobbyist, Laura has been integral to the creation and passage of numerous laws in Illinois for children with autism and related health issues, including the creation of the first statewide autism project. She chaired the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver subcommittee of the Illinois Autism Task Force, and was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Illinois Autism Insurance Mandate.

Laura credits an early implementation of biomedical approaches to treating autism and underlying medical conditions for her son’s recovery from symptoms of ASD. After years of learning more about the significant co-occurring medical conditions in autism, and seeing first-hand the dramatic changes in her son’s autism when they were treated, she advocated for a law that would bring greater awareness to the various conditions.

Illinois Public Act 99-0788, the Autism and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions Awareness Act, was signed into law in August of 2016. This Act contains findings recognizing multiple medical conditions that occur more often in individuals with autism. It highlights the promotion of increased medical awareness, research, and training for these underlying pathologies. The ultimate goal would be for this Act to help bring about a standard of medical care that included screening, diagnosis and treatment for the myriad of health conditions that are co-occurring or underlying autism.

Laura will be speaking on the implications of the new Act, and other Illinois laws that are important to our families. She will also reveal a new online tool for parents to share with their medical providers featuring the Autism Awareness Act and how it relates to current medical findings. Laura will provide parents with tips on how to effectively communicate with their elected officials, and how best to influence them.

This event is free to attend however an RSVP is required. Please RSVP here to save your spot.

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Schaumburg Public Library
Central Library in Rasmussen South
130 S. Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60192
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Coffee Talk - Schaumburg, IL

About: 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!
Date: TBA
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Location: Whole Foods Market
750 N. Martingale Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
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Coffee Talk - Algonquin, IL

About: 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!
Date: TBA
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Location: Daily Projects Cafe
124 S Randall Rd
Algonquin, IL 60102
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Coffee Talk - Glen Ellyn

What: 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!
Date: No Coffee Talk in September
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

Coffee Talk - Plainfield, IL

About: New TACA Coffee Talk Location!
Join us in Plainfield, IL for a TACA Coffee Talk to help parents find information, support and connections with other families. This coffee talk will be moderated by TACA Coffee Talk Mentors with discussion based on the needs of the attendees. No autism topic is off-limits. Come with your questions or plan to share your experience to help others. Moderated by TACA Illinois Mentors.
Child care isn't provided for this event.
Date: TBA
Time: 12:45 - 2:30 PM
Location: Panera Bread
2360 South Route 59
Plainfield, IL 60586
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