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: Happy New Year! Join us for our first North County Coffee Talk of 2018 at the allergy friendly 2Good2Be Bakery and Cafe conveniently located off El Camino Real in Encinitas. I am looking forward to being able to help support you through your autism journey. Come for the conversation and coffee and leave with the inspiration you need to get your 2018 off to a great start. Hosted by Vanessa Surprise-Co-Coordinator TACA San Diego.
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Vanessa Surprise is the Co-Coordinator of TACA San Diego. She is the proud mom of 3 kids 2 daughters ages 18 and 16 and her son who is 12 and on the autism spectrum.

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 2Good2B Bakery and Cafe
204 N El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
Driving Directions
This is located in a strip mall. There is plenty of parking.

Central San Diego Coffee Talk

About: It's a new year and time to fill your cup with some new inspiration. Autism can be overwhelming and Nancy wants to make it easier for you. Come get the support, information and of course coffee you need and leave feeling empowered to begin your 2018. Hosted by Nancy Kirkman-Co-Coordinator TACA San Diego.
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This is located in a local Chiropractors office towards the back an industrial park. We have the space dedicated to ourselves for the entire coffee talk. We will provide coffee and a light snack.

Nancy Kirkman is the proud mom of 3 children. Her younger 2 children a son and daughter are both on varying ends of the autism spectrum.

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Center for Health and Human Potential
6342 Riverdale St.
San Diego, CA 92120
Driving Directions

A Malleable-Moldable Brain

Speaker: Nancy Green, the creator and director of Brain Highways
About: Individuals on the autism spectrum can truly experience remarkable changes once they learn how to change their brain so that it can work as intended. This defies what their parents were told was "etched in stone" (e.g. won't be able to make eye contact, will be prone to meltdowns, will have sensory overload, anxiety, compulsions, and more). At our January 23rd meeting, you will learn how we can widen the possibilities for kids with autism when both parents and kids learn how to change their brains.

Nancy Green oversees the staff and families in both the San Diego and Online programs. She is also a consultant to the Denver Brain Highways Center.
For decades, Green has been known for her relentless passion to help others. That desire, along with her many rich, varied experiences as an educator, helped her create and develop the Brain Highways curriculum.
Some of those experiences as an educator included being a classroom teacher of students with diverse needs; an author of programs for major educational publishers; a consultant to school districts in California, New York and Texas; a presenter at national education conferences; and a guest lecturer at San Diego State University, San Jose State University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Learn more at
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Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church
17010 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92128
Directions from your location
*We meet in the Lower Fireside room. Look for the TACA Sign. This is located on the lower half of the church next to the baseball fields.

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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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Step 3 - Click on “Join This Group”

Step 4 - Set your account to “Individual Emails,” “Daily Digest” or “Web Only.”

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