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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.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the TACA Georgia Chapter, TACA is happy to announce the following scholarship opportunities for the Georgia Chapter.

•TACA Georgia Chapter families have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to see a biomedical doctor of their choice for a maximum of $1500. Also included in this scholarship is an additional $500 for supplements from New Beginnings.
•TACA Georgia Chapter families have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship for a Primitive Reflex Program provided by Precision Chiropractic, 12040 Etris Road, Suite D120, Roswell, GA 30075. Here is their website for more information:
Full scholarship details can be found here:


Coordinators: Contact Christi O'Neal 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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Step by Step Planning for the Future: A Lecture Series of Transitioning Children with Special Needs into Adulthood

About: Sometimes the hardest questions are “What will my child do after they graduate from high school?” and “What will happen to my child with special needs when I am gone?”. With words like Special Needs Trusts and Guardianship to Government Assistance and NOW/COMP, parents must implement and manage a complex maze to create an individualistic and comprehensive plan. Though it may seem too convoluted, it can be done well with effective outcomes.

Because so many families need these questions answered, TACA has brought together the best professionals in their field to create a Step-By-Step Plan for Parents as their child moves into adulthood. This series of lectures, free to parents and caregivers, will aid them on how to navigate and mange these many components to ensure for a stable, long term care and support for their child.

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Special Needs Trusts – Guardianship with DJ Jeyaram, JD - RSVP here
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Social Security with Anjel Burgess, JD - RSVP here
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Government Resources – NOW/COMP with Debbie Dobbs, MS - RSVP here
Time: Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Lecture: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Tech Alpharetta
2972 Webb Bridge Road (Behind The Firehouse)
Alpharetta, GA 30009
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Mr. DJ Jeyaram, Esq., provides legal services to a wide variety of healthcare providers including physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, Medicaid waiver providers as well as special needs families.
Mr. Jeyaram concentrates in healthcare regulatory matters, primarily in administrative appeals, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and program integrity audits and investigations. Mr. Jeyaram's practice also includes assisting clients with Stark, Anti-kickback issues, Certificate of Need (CON), Letters of Non-Reviewability (LNR), acquisition and opposition, as well as negotiating business, employment and contractual relationships between healthcare providers.
In addition, Mr. Jeyaram specializes in special needs trusts, estate planning and Katie Beckett and NOW/COMP appeals.
Mr. Jeyaram has significant experience appearing before the Composite State Medical Board and the Department of Community Health, representing more than 70 providers against state audit and recoupment actions. In addition, he has represented several healthcare providers before the Office of Regulatory Services and the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
Prior to establishing his own practice, Mr. Jeyaram was with large firms' healthcare groups. In addition, Mr. Jeyaram's experience includes serving as the Deputy Director for Legal Services with the Georgia Department of Community Health and as a Georgia Administrative Law Judge with the Office of State Administrative Hearings.
While an Administrative Law Judge, Mr. Jeyaram's cases centered on Medicaid/DCH provider reimbursement, and he had primary responsibility for all healthcare provider litigation including program integrity issues, medical necessity and utilization review.
Today, Mr. Jeyaram focuses on providing legal services for healthcare providers and special needs families. In addition, Mr. Jeyaram serves as a part time Judge for the Gwinnett County Magistrate Court.
Mr. Jeyaram has been recognized in Georgia's Legal Leaders' magazine as a “Top Rated Lawyer.” Further, Mr. Jeyaram has been quoted and featured in several national publications including Business News Daily, Who's Who in Medicaid, and Medicaid Part B News.

Ms. Anjel Burgess received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and her Master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of South Florida. After receiving her law degree from Georgia State University, Ms. Burgess practiced civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance defense. Over the last several years, Ms. Burgess has focused her practice on Social Security Disability and Guardianships, becoming a partner in the firm of Burgess & Christensen. She has been a speaker for several organizations, support groups, and the local bar association. She is a member of the Georgia & Cobb County Bar Associations as well as the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR), Academy of Special Needs Planners & National Lupus Foundation.

For the past 10 years, Debbie Dobbs has owned Debbie Dobbs Advocacy, LLC. ( and has served families as a strong advocate for children with all types of disabilities. Originally trained by the Georgia Advocacy Office, she guides families to educational and financial resources, answers parents’ special education questions, and attends school meetings to create appropriate IEPs and 504 plans. Debbie assists parents with Katie Beckett Medicaid Deeming Waiver Applications and guide them to numerous financial and provider resources.

New! TACA Coffee Talk “The Teenage Years of the Journey"

About: Teaching your child skills that will foster his or her independence and quality of life on the journey to adulthood is of utmost importance. As autism is a spectrum disorder, every individual is different, and as a result, the independent living skills that will be taught, as well as the pace at which they are taught, will vary significantly across the spectrum. Starting to develop independent living skills to the best of your child’s ability at a young age will make a difference in terms of the ease of this transition period. Building these skills little by little is an effective way to teach skills you may not have thought your child would need one day. Please join us in discussing steps to address these skills for each of our children in a supportive environment.
This coffee talk is specifically aimed at parents/caregivers of teens and young adults who have an autism spectrum disorder. RSVP here.
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location: Gluten Free Cutie
1066 Alpharetta St.
Roswell, GA 30075
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TACA Dads & Kids Outing

About: There's something for everybody at Fowler Park, including the Big Creek Greenway, a playground, and a variety of walking trails.

Here's the plan:
1) If your child likes biking:
Meet at 10:30 AM at the Macfarland Rd trailhead and bike in. (Approx. 2 1/2 miles)
2) If you'd like to try biking, but are not sure how it will go:
Meet at 10:30AM at the large picnic pavilion near the playground. Beginning bikers can ride out a short way and return.
3) If there's a snowball's chance in Hell your kid will bike:
Meet at 10:30AM at the large picnic pavilion, then play on the playground and loop trail.

Bring a picnic lunch and extra water for your family. RSVP here.

Kevin O'Neal
Trey Wesley

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Fowler Park (Forsyth County)
4110 Carolene Way
Cumming, GA 30040
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TACA Pool Party

About: Join TACA Georgia at the Bogan Aquatic Center for an evening of family fun. This will be a private TACA Georgia event with the aquatic center closed to the public. This event will be fun for all ages and includes access to the competition pool with diving boards, leisure pool with zero depth entry, giant waterslide and water play structures...all indoors! This is a free event but RSVP is required by April 11th.
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Bogan Aquatic Center
2723 North Bogan Rd
Buford, GA 30519
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TACA Georgia Family Photos with Southern Three Photography

About: Adrienne Bedora of Southern Three Photography is offering TACA Georgia families the opportunity for family photos at a significantly discounted rate. For only $15 you and your family will get a 30 minute photo session that will include 2 - 6 digital images from Southern Three Photography. You must arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled session time.
This photo event is full. We hope to offer an additional day in the future.
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Roswell Presbyterian Historic Church
755 Mimosa Blvd
Roswell, GA
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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

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