Come to a TACA Meeting and/or Coffee Talk!

TACA Hawaii holds Autism Learning Seminars, Meetings, Coffee Talks and family events throughout the year. Our meetings and 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.

Unless advance arrangements are made, Coffee Talks are for families living with autism only. Providers interested in attending should contact the TACA Coordinator with the request no later than 2 weeks prior to the meeting date.

TACA Hawaii Chapter Biomedical Scholarship

Application deadline is April 30, 2017
TACA is pleased to announce that the medical scholarship fund for families living in Hawaii will be made available in 2017. These scholarships will allow families to begin much needed biomedical treatment or to continue biomedical treatment under the care of a trained doctor. We are proud to provide these scholarships and look forward to helping families living in Hawaii in their pursuit of medical treatments. Apply online here.

Here are the upcoming events for the TACA Hawaii Chapter:

TACA Family Night – Bowling the Night Away!

About: Come join us as we kick off summer with Cosmic Bowling (it will be dark with neon lights)! Families can bowl together and hang out in the party room. The Snack Bar will be open for families and all those children with diet restrictions are welcome to bring their own food. Bowling will be on a first come first serve basis and priority will be given to including as many children and teens as possible!

Those bowling can rent their bowling shoes for $3 a pair. This is on a military base but no military/special pass is necessary to enter.
This event is free for TACA families but requires an RSVP! Please RSVP here.
Sorry, childcare is not available.

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Barber’s Point Bowling Center
91-1259 Saratoga Ave.
Kapolei, HI
Driving Directions

TACA Coffee Talk & Learn – Updates on ABA Insurance!

About: HABA and ABC Group will present essential information about legislation, autism insurance, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment. Review of current legislative events after the passing of Luke’s Law including how the current laws read and preview of what can be anticipated in the next few years as DOE and DOH’s exemption to licensure laws expire will be discussed. Presenters will cover the present state of insurance coverage for ABA including the barriers to accessing services, such as DOE, waitlists, and dollar/age caps, and what you can do about them. Time permitting, ABA treatment should look like to help you make more informed decisions, and leave you with a ton of resources! Parents should come with questions!
This event is free for families but requires an RSVP! Please RSVP here.
Sorry, childcare is not available.

Presented by: Anne Lau, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, ABC Group Clinical Director
Andrea Keesey, BCBA, LBA, HABA Legislative Chair
Kathleen Penland, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, HABA Vice President

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm, Registration at 6:45 pm
Location: ABC Group
99-870 Iwaena St.
Aiea, HI 96701
Driving Directions

About those presenting:
The Hawai’i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) is a professional organization dedicated to the practice, research, and dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). HABA’s mission is to expand behavioral knowledge, advocate for community needs, support service providers and parents, educate community leaders, and promote the advancement of behavior analysis locally. HABA works diligently on legislative and policy issues that impact our community (e.g., autism insurance, behavior analyst licensure, sustainability initiatives) and aims to educate local policymakers about our science.

ABC Group is a local Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provider that has had the pleasure of improving the lives of children and their families on Oahu for over ten years. ABC Group is based in Aiea at a state-of-the-art treatment clinic, where we specialize in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention to reduce or eliminate symptoms of autism, teaching communication to replace problem behavior for all profiles, and making general education placements successful for children that hate school.

TACA Family Day – Open Gym!

About: Come join us for a day of fun with Crossfit HTF! There will be activities to introduce TACA families to the gym, food, coffee-talking, and more! We will be celebrating the graduates of the Spring 2017 Autism Spectrum Class and working out together! If you need support or just a fun activity to do with the kids, join us!

Gym owner, Ian Ajimine, will also be sharing information about the upcoming Fall 2017 Autism Spectrum class for kids and teens on the autism spectrum. Crossfit HTF will host this class for TACA families with the support of Easter Seals Hawaii Autism Services Center/Pacific Autism Center BCBAs/staff volunteers!

This event is free for TACA families but requires an RSVP! Please RSVP here.
Sorry, childcare is not available.

Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 PM
Location: Crossfit HTF
2320 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI
Driving Directions

TACA Family Day – Celebrate Summer!

About: Let’s celebrate the end of summer together! Come out with the family and enjoy an afternoon of good food and friends. We will be playing movies in a real mini theater for the kids! There is also a little splash park so bring your swimsuits and sunscreen and don't forget your skateboard, scooter, and safety gear to play at the skate park! There is a large field if anyone wants to bring balls and bats or a football to throw around. Pack your favorite picnic lunch for your family or bring a dish that your kids love to eat to share with everyone!
This event is free for TACA families but requires an RSVP! Please RSVP here.
Child Care: Not Available
Date: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Aliamanu Community Center
101 Kauhini Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
Driving Directions
This is on Aliamanu Military Reservation (AMR Housing)
(This is not on a military base and does not require a special vehicle pass to attend. You are able to drive up to the community center.)

Chapter Information

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.

Coordinator: Contact Kiele Pennington
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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