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.

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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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Real Help Now PA Conference


Register Now For the 6th Annual Real Help Now Conference presented by TACA Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 13th.  Pre-Conference Kick-Off Events on Friday, May 12th.


Two Tracks to Meet Your Needs: Beginner and Advanced.
Look for Sessions on topics like:

Mitochondrial dysfunction  ●  Seizures  ●  GI  ●  

Methylation  ●  Lyme  ●  PANDAS / PANS  ●  Mast cells  ●  

Pre-Conference Events on Friday Include:  

  • Exhibitor Mixer
  • Coffee Talk with the Speakers and TACA Mentors
  • A Special Presentation by Dr. Rossignol:
    Best Practices for Pregnancy and Preconception (see below)


Early registrants receive a huge discount.

Download our the Conference Brochure

Learn more and register now on the Help Help Now Webpage.




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Dr. Phillip DeMio
 • Kelly Dorfman, M.S., LND • Dr. David Dornfeld • Dr. Dane Fliedner • 
Dr. Michael Montico • Dr. Nancy O’Hara • Dr. Dan Rossignol  • Dr. T.C. Theoharides  • Dr. Anju Usman

Dates: May 12, 2017 - May 13, 1017
Time: Friday Evening (details below) and Full Day Saturday
Location: Penn State Great Valley
30 E. Swedesford Rd.
Malvern, PA 19355
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Nearby lodging


Pre-Conference Kick-Off Events - Friday, May 12, 2017


5:30 - 6:30 pm
Option 1

Exhibitor Mixer

Chat with our knowledgable exhibitors and speakers to hear about ideas and products that could be helpful to your child. We will be serving light snacks and beverages. Registration for the next day’s conference will be open. You may pick up your workbook and welcome material.

5:30 - 6:30 pm
Option 2

A Special Presentation by Dr. Rossignol
Preconception and pregnancy: Interventions that may reduce or prevent the risk of autism.

This lecture will cover the latest evidence concerning risk factors that have been reported to lead to a high chance of autism in children. Interventions that might reduce the risk of a child developing autism will be discussed, including treatments from pre-pregnancy through early childhood. Testing of mothers before pregnancy will also be discussed to identify potentially modifiable risk factors before becoming pregnant.

Speaker: Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP is a board certified family physician. He received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia.  Coming from an academic background, Dr. Rossignol searched the medical literature looking for a solution after both of his children were diagnosed with autism.  He has made it his mission to research and publish in autism. Since 2006, he has 55 papers, abstracts, editorials, and book chapters (including those in press) concerning autism and related conditions.

Dr. Rossignol has a special interest in autism spectrum disorders, PANS/PANDAS, cerebral palsy, and related neurological and developmental disorders as well as medically complex children and adults.  Dr. Rossignol is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP) and a Fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (FMAPS). Dr. Rossignol sees patients in both the Florida and California offices.

6:30 - 8:45 pm

Coffee Talk with the Conference Speakers and TACA Mentors
3 Rounds from: 6:30-7:15 pm, 7:15-8:00 pm, 8:00-8:45 pm

How our Coffee Talk Works: Our conference speakers will be at a table with a topic they specialize in, parents chose their three most pressing issue and join that specific topic/ table. We will rotate tables after 40 minutes, allowing you 3 table discussions.

Topics include: Seizures and Mitochondrial Support • IEP Support • Beginner Biomedical Treatments  • GI Healing • Diet • Detox, Chelation and Hyperbaric Therapy • Lyme Disease • PANS/PANDAS • Puberty and Teens  • Mast Cells

Fee: Pre-Conference Events are free and open to the public.   
Dates: May 12, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 8:45 pm
Location: Penn State Great Valley
30 E. Swedesford Rd.
Malvern, PA 19355
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Upcoming TACA Monthly Meeting

Medical Cannabis and Special Diets for Autism

About: Cooking with Leo: Special Diets

Many children with autism are on special diets. Many children with autism have food allergies. Autism, special diets and food allergies can be very isolating. Erica will provide insight on how to go from having your child on a “special diet,” to having your whole family on a “healthy diet.” Involving your children in cooking and nutrition not only creates bonding opportunities, but opportunities for learning and life skills.


Cannabis for Autism:

Medical cannabis is legal in PA for treatment of autism. In the spirit of living healthy and organic… adding natural medicines such as medical cannabis is a logical addition to an overall treatment protocol for autism.

  • Overview of medical marijuana law in PA
    • Safe Harbor
    • Safe, Appropriate and Legal Access
  • Overview of the science and medicinal benefits of cannabis; The endocannabinoid system in autism
  • Importance of quality, formulation and lab tested cannabis medicine
  • Overview of medical cannabis in the treatment of Autism
  • Update on PA medical marijuana program

Cooking with Leo Description:

For many years, Erica Daniels had been out to find a successful dietary intervention for her eleven-year-old son Leo, who suffers from significant food allergies, gastrointestinal disease and autism. Through trial and error in her own kitchen, she finally hit her gastronomic stride of preparing nourishing meals for her entire family without gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, additives, or GMOS--with Leo by her side.


Erica Daniels
Autism Mom, Author of “Cooking with Leo”, advocate, consultant #allthingsautism

Erica Daniels is the author of Cooking with Leo: An Allergen-Free Autism Family Cookbook, medical cannabis activist, public speaker and is the single mother of Leo who struggles with autism and chronic health issues. Erica’s life changed and gained new purpose after her son was diagnosed with autism in 2007. Erica founded Autism Advisors LLC and #hope4Leo 501c3 after years of struggling to treat her son’s autism using conventional and biomedical treatments with little or no success. Eating a healthy allergen-free diet and using natural medicines such as medicinal cannabis have greatly improved Leo’s health and autism symptoms. In 2016 Erica founded the autism420 Project, an initiative for legal, safe and appropriate access of medicinal cannabis for use in autism.






  See Erica’s Story on the Today Show.


Dates: Friday, April  7, 2017
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

 Monthly Coffee Talks (updated throughout the month)

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: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wegmans - Cafe
50 Foundry Way
Malvern, PA 19355
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Coffee Talk - Langhorne, PA

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
Dates: TBA
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Location: Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center
848 Town Center Drive
Langhorne, PA 19047
Driving Directions

Pennsylvania MAPS Scholarships

**Applications are now being accepted for a limited number of TACA Pennsylvania Chapter MAPS Scholarship**


Click here for more information and to apply.


Pennsylvania Camp Scholarships

**Applications are now being accepted for a limited number of TACA Pennsylvania Chapter Camp Scholarship**

Click here for more information and to apply.


Need support BETWEEN support group meetings?

Real Help Now Live Chat

Get Online Help now!  Live Chat with a TACA Parent. The image below indicates whether a TACA Parent is currently available. Please click on the image below to initiate a chat session.


Connect with TACA friends, share about your family, and stay up-to-date on the latest TACA happenings by joining our cause on Facebook.


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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