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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North County Coffee Talk

About: School is back in session and we would love to help it start off on the right foot. Receive the support you need to help make it a great one and make friends with other Autism parents just like you. Co-Hosted by 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.

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Lush Lounge
324 Main St
Vista, CA 92084
Driving Directions
There is plenty of parking in this area. We will be meeting inside. Look for the TACA shirts.

Central San Diego Coffee Talk

About: September is here and so is a new school year. Let us help you get it off to a great start! Join other autism families just like yours. Make friends and receive the support you need! 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.

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

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: The Center For Health And Human Potential
6342 Riverdale St.
San Diego, CA 92120
Driving Directions
This is in a local chiropractors office in the back of an industrial park. We have the entire space to ourselves for the duration of the event.

The foundation of every IEP is a Proper Assessment: What Parents Need to Know!

Speaker: RIENZI HAYTASINGH, PSY.D., ABSNP-Brain Learning Assessment and Treatment Center
About: Is homework a nightly battle with your child? Do you feel that the special education team at your school just doesn’t understand your child’s needs? Are you frustrated by your child’s lack of academic progress and want to know why? Does your child refuse to go to school? Do you want to better understand your child’s autism diagnosis, and how this impacts his or her ability to learn? Join us and come away with:
-Knowledge that can be applied in school and in the home
-Baselines that can be used to track progress
-Information on Autism and successful Academic Instruction
-How to create meaningful opportunities for inclusion at your child’s school
-Research based interventions and how to logistically use them
-How Positive Behavior Supports in the home and in school help
You can’t truly help the child without recognizing the needs in all environments. A proper assessment can offer a great deal of understanding for everyone in your child’s life.

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

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church
17010 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92128
Directions from your location
The meeting will be in the church's Lower Fireside Room park in the lot on the corner of Rancho Bernardo Rd and Pomerado Rd. We will need to be out of the room by 9pm, please feel free to continue your discussions outside ;-).

Dr. Rienzi Haytasingh is a practicing licensed educational psychologist who has devoted his entire professional career towards promoting the lives of students with disabilities and differences. He has been working for kids for over 21 years. As a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology, Dr. Haytasingh has taken his appreciation for brain related differences in children, and used that knowledge to properly evaluate and help create individual programs for students in public and private educational settings. CV:
Dr. Haytasingh received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and child development from California State University at Chico in 1999, and his master’s degree in school psychology from National University in 2001. He earned his doctorate in school and educational psychology from Alliant International University, with emphasis in neuropsychology in 2005, and a post doctorate certificate in school neuropsychology from Texas Women’s University in 2006. He received his board certification in 2006 from the American Board of School Neuropsychology. Dr. Haytasingh worked in public schools for 12 years as a school psychologist. Dr. Haytasingh has also mentored and trained graduate students in School Psychology for over 15 years, at Chapman University, San Diego State University, Allianz International University, National University, and Brandman University. Dr. Haytasingh also consults with school districts and parent attorneys on matters of special education and disability r ites, as an expert witness. He presents each year to several community and national groups, including, International Bipolar Foundation, Autism Society, Epilepsy Foundation, and local community based groups.
Dr. Rienzi's Online Resume

National TACA Autism Conference

About: The conference will feature three tracks running simultaneously on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to provide attendees with a variety of topics at every level of experience and knowledge. Friday evening and Saturday evening will feature activities and events to engage parents and help provide networking opportunities to last long after the conference is over.

Speakers include:
Erin Brockovich, Dr. Sarkis Mazmanian, Dr. Robert Naviaux, Dr. Dan Rossignol, Dr. Anju Usman and so many more!

Details and registration:

Date: October 20-22, 2017
Location: Hilton Orange County Hotel
3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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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:
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