Rosie Lou is an eight year old girl who loves to swim, watch videos on her iPad, and play with her dog. At first glance she would seem like any healthy and happy little girl. After spending some time with her and observing her actions, you would probably begin to realize that she is different than some of her peers. Rosie has autism.
When Rosie was diagnosed in 2006, autism was on the rise, and recent numbers show that 1 in 88 kids is now on the autism spectrum. After receiving Rosie's diagnosis, there were many sleepless nights and challenges that are all too familiar to parents of children with autism. Waking hours were spent researching what we could do to try and help her. There was a lot of information to sift through, but we were working without much guidance or support. Thankfully for families today who are now receiving this same autism diagnosis, an organization like TACA is there to help.
TACA is a non-profit organization that provides information and support to families who have been touched by autism. Almost all in TACA are volunteers (Deanna heads up the New York chapter, which is a volunteer position) who are grateful to help others that may just be learning of the diagnosis. The groups hold meetings where parents can come learn about ways to help their child and talk to other parents with similar problems.
Rosie still has autism and is primarily non-verbal, but she has been making progress. If we had known about TACA in 2006, our journey to get where we are would certainly have been easier and less stressful.
If you or someone you know have a family touched by autism, you are probably aware of the toll it can take. TACA exists to guide and support these families. The information TACA provides is incredibly valuable and truly makes a difference in the lives of families and children. Please support this worthy cause.