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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Central San Diego Coffee Talk

About: We are excited to announce a fresh and fun new location for our Central San Diego Coffee Talk. Join us for Coffee, Friends, Food Autism Support and Encouragement. RSVP here.
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Snooze - La Jolla
8861 Villa La Jolla Dr
La Jolla CA, 92037
Driving Directions

Regional Center Services Through The Lifespan

Speaker: Mary Ellen Stives
About: The San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) is a service of San Diego-Imperial Counties Developmental Services Inc. SDRC provides information and services for persons with developmental disabilities (with intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or other disabling conditions similar to intellectual disabilities) living in San Diego and Imperial Counties, California. We want you to learn first hand from a trusted expert about these services and more. MaryEllen Stives will be sharing vital Regional Center information, resources and programs available through your loved ones lifetime. RSVP here to save your spot.

Mary Ellen Stives is the Manager of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, San Diego Imperial Office. She has worked in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 40 years. Prior to taking the position with the State Council in 2007, she was the Executive Director of an Independent/Supported Living program, and before that a Special Education teacher. Mary Ellen has a B.A in Elementary/Special Education from Marywood University, and a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of San Diego.

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church
Lower Fireside Room
17010 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92128
Directions from your location
*Do not park up top you will have to walk around. Park in the lot on the corner of Pomerado Rd and Rancho Bernardo Rd. It is the lot closest to the baseball fields. Look for the TACA Signs.

North County Coffee Talk

About: Great Coffee, support you need in you autism journey and of course allergy friendly foods. What more do you need as an autism parent or caretaker? Join TACA San Diego Co-Coordinator Vanessa Surprise for all this and possibly more.
RSVP here to save your spot.

Vanessa is a Co-Coordinator for TACA San Diego. She resides in North County and mainly supports autism families in the North San Diego County Area. She has 3 Children 2 Daughters 19 and 16 and her son who is 12 and on the autism spectrum.

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 2Good2B Bakery and Cafe
204 N El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
Driving Directions
*2Good2Be is in the same plaza as the Chevron Station and Burger King.

TACA SD's 2nd Annual IEP Day Workshop

Speakers: Special Education Attorneys Cara Lucier, Esq., Thomas S. Nelson Esq., Special Education Advocates Alishia Goethe and Shannon Primer
About: Learn as much as possible to prepare for your child’s IEP Meeting. The IEP (Individualized Education Program) is the foundation for your child’s education, and you are a very important member of the team that develops it. Increase your knowledge so that you can be an active, prepared member of your child’s IEP team. RSVP to save your chair at this very-knowledgeable table. If you are new to TACA, you’ll receive the Autism Journey Guide as a take-home resource. We will have short presentation by the attorneys followed by direct support from the 2 attorneys and 2 advocates for your loved ones IEP. Remember to bring the IEP to receive maximum support. RSVP here to save your spot.
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church
Lower Fireside Room
17010 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92128
Directions from your location
Please park in the lower parking lot. You will know you are in the right place if you see baseball fields and an oil change shop. We realize that everyone has important questions for the attorneys and advocates. We will have to be out of the room by 9:00 pm.

Cara Lucier, Esq., is an attorney specializing in Education Law and Civil Rights. Previously, Cara represented school districts throughout California in the areas of Special Education Law, Charter Schools, and Litigation. She represented school districts at IEP team meetings, mediations, due process hearings, and in Federal and State courts. When Cara’s son was diagnosed with Autism, Cara switched to assisting families with special needs. Cara is on the faculty at the University of San Diego, where she teachers Special Education Advocacy, Fundamental Legal Studies, Introduction to Law, and the Practice of Law. She is a Board Member for Autism Tree Project Foundation and was the Co-Chair of the Early Intervention Committee for the California State Senate Autism Task Force for South Counties. Cara is frequently asked to teach legal trainings and seminars in the area of education and disabilities law.

As a practicing attorney for over 25 years, Thomas S. Nelson takes great pride in helping children with special needs. Thomas is a two-time recipient of an award for his pro-bono legal services on behalf of children with special needs. As an active member in the disability community, Thomas sponsors free educational seminars and community events for parents. He has presented to such disability groups as the Learning Disabilities Association, CHADD, International Dyslexia Foundation, TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), Down Syndrome Society, Epilepsy Foundation, Spina Bifida Foundation, Walden Family Services, and the Center for Parent Involvement in Education. Thomas also brings his expertise and years of experience as an advocate-attorney to the table to ensure that each child he represents receives the program she needs to reach her potential.

Alishia Goyette
and Shannon Primer are both experienced advocates with a great passion to help all children receive the support they need to get the education they deserve. They work with Cara Lucier ESQ.

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