The Autism Community in Action (TACA)

Families with autism helping families with autism.

Irvine, CA   |  www.tacanow.org

Mission

The Autism Community in Action (TACA), formerly Talk About Curing Autism is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to provide education, support and hope to families living with autism.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Mrs. Lisa Ackerman

Main address

2222 Martin Suite 140

Irvine, CA 92612 USA

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EIN

27-0048002

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Autism (G84)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Autism Education Events

Free educational meetings that empower and support families. This includes: 1) monthly Chapter Meetings presented by physicians and autism specialists on current and relevant topics. 2) informal support meetings connecting families and giving them the opportunity to share and discuss challenges; and 3) Special Education Legal Clinics conducted by special education attorneys, which focus on equipping parents with self-advocacy skills, serve as a resource to families, and provide current information on statutes and case law that regulates special education.
In addition, TACA hosts two National Autism Conferences (one virtual and one in-person) which features expert speakers from across the United States focusing on medical issues, therapy, advocacy and other autism-related topics.  Annually, the West Coast conference is held in Costa Mesa, California. 

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Autism-friendly family events for all ages that support the intellectual and emotional well-being of children, youth and their families, as well as encouraging interaction and camaraderie among living with autism. These events are inclusive, safe and supportive environments providing families with a place where they feel accepted and not judged. Orange County Family Support Events include; Volcom Everyone Can Skate Day, Family Carnival, Summer Splash, Fall Festival and Sensitive Santa.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth
Young adults
Caregivers
Families

Since 2006, TACA has provided medical assistance scholarships for families living with autism. Funding includes physician prescribed services, stop-gap medical treatments, independent assessments, adaptive technologies, and crisis funding. In addition, funds are available to cover registration to participate in TACA's National Autism Conference.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers
Parents
People with disabilities

TACA’s Parent Mentor program is a fully developed, managed program where parents can be matched with an experienced, trained and supported TACA Parent Mentor to help guide them on the autism journey. TACA Parent Mentors offer one-on-one support and encouragement as well as provide information about autism-related topics, including; biomedical treatments, dietary intervention, insurance, IEP, therapies and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities
Caregivers
Parents

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The Autism Community in Action (TACA)

Board of directors
as of 12/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Glen Ackerman

Philanthropist

Term: 2016 - 2022

Dan Carney

Midwest Insurance Company

Glen Ackerman

Philanthropist

Lisa Ackerman

The Autism Community in Action

Elizabeth McCoy

Law Offices of Elizabeth McCoy

Robby Saggu

Corient Capital Partners

Keith Banning

Morgan Stanley

Erich Kreidler

KRE & Associates Inc.

Kim, Yang-Uk

RE/MAX

Inna Kassatkina Jones

Philanthropist

Bill Oldham

Thought Leadership and Innovation Foundation

Celena Hallstead

Philanthropist

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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