Lisa_and_jennyBy Kim Stagliano

This article, by Sam Millier of the Orange County Register, California is about TACA's Lisa Ackerman, and the unending work she does on behalf of our kids. Here's a chance to thank Lisa personally, in the comments section. We're proud that TACA has chosen to sponsor Age of Autism. Thank you, Lisa, for all that you do.

It was a sweltering June morning in Washington, D.C., and Lisa Ackerman was at the front of a protest march from the Washington Monument to the Capitol building.

Behind her, parents filled the road, five or 10 marchers across, as far as she could see.

The mother of an autistic son radioed back to the starting point and asked another organizer to tell her when the last marchers had left the monument. She waited and waited, and when she finally reached the Capitol she got word: The end of the line still hadn't left.

Ten people across. For 1.5 miles. An army!

Read the full story HERE.

Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.



Lisa, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Back when Jade was dx'd, and I was screaming for help to start a support/ advocacy group- you were the ONLY person to reply! I also contacted my local ASA, and Autism Speaks. No one replied to my emails, but you!

I only wish I had half the strength as you! I wanted a TACA (or something like it) in FL but just seem too overwhelmed with this autism thing to do what you have done. I admire you, and thank you for all that you have done for Jade, and everyone else with autism.


Hi all - a lot of families who have fought hard and long came before me and I stand with them in great company. I have a lot of heros to thank and appreciate as I have rode on their coat tails.
The main people to thank are Jenny McCarthy & Jim Carrey who gave a very loud, strong voice to help many families. They have been a blessing to be sure. They had a lot to lose in this battle and their efforts are exactly what we needed. For that I am grateful.
Thank you.

Ed Arranga

Truth, goodness, and courage are virtues often talked about, but rarely seen. In their place are a thousand sound-bites to fill the void and support the “safe” ideas and their devastating consequences.

Lisa Ackerman is a hero – Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman wrapped into one mother who will not accept the status quo “safety” of small ideas, small talk, and small minds.

The Orange County Register says, “She was opposing the federal government, the medical establishment, the New York Times, larger autism groups and, depending on where one falls in this debate, science itself,” and while all this is true, it slants the issue and misses the bigger picture.

Lisa is not fighting against forces, Lisa is fighting for families and that is the difference between the smallness in most autism arguments and the bigness Lisa brings to the debate.

In the final analysis it is about saving children, which Lisa and TACA do on a daily basis. In the world where compromise and negotiation define the times the virtues TACA lives by help all of us remember there is a greater good and bigger and better ideas and actions.


Yes, many thanks to Lisa Ackerman for showing how children with autism can be healthier and happier. That is a high calling.


What a great article from the OC Register! It's a wonderful tribute to Lisa A. - who is always first and foremost, "Jeff's Mom". One of Lisa's favorite words is "amazing". She uses it all the time. And it's the perfect word to describe her. Lisa's one of the hardest workers I've ever met. What I love most about her is that she doesn't just talk about getting something done, she does it! She has a huge heart and a hilarious sense of humor that can knock you on your ass laughing. Lisa, you rock! Thank you for being there for my daughter and for all of our children!

Karen Fuller Yuba City

Thank you to those currently on the front lines. You are making such a huge difference.
Those of us who started this journey a decade ago did not have the resources available today. Even the internet for research wasn't the same as it is now.
Those of us fighting this battle for so long became weary of the search for an answer for our childs decline and the lack of attention to Autism. We became weary of being told to just accept our child as he was and that Autism was our of our control. HA! We all have new hope, and I get such strength from those who are finally bringing Autism to the forefront. People who never believed that our child was not born this way are finally seeing that I am not delusional, I am being realistic. It is not a fluke that our son recovered language. Our being obsessed with his recovery has been worth every second. I thank all of you who keep the fight visible to the world. You are making a huge difference to all children with Autism and validating all of us at the same time.


I met Lisa at Autism One in 2004. There were a small group of us chatting after a day of presentations. Lisa responded to someone's comment with, "Oh, you know you've sung it - 'If you're happy and you know it, flap your hands'." At first I was so startled, then completely cracked up. I had never heard anyone say anything like that since receiving our diagnosis. At that point, I was pretty much past the non-stop crying and into full battle mode.

Thanks Lisa, for reminding me that it is possible and necessary to laugh, while you fight. You can count me amoung the thousands that you have personally helped.



Hardest working woman in the autism business. Lisa Ackerman. Hmm, but so is Wendy Fournier of NAA. All right. There are MANY women (and men) who have pretty much devoted their lives to helping kids on the spectrum and their families. What Lisa has done with TACA is astounding. Other Autism Organizations have been around for decades and done far less with far more support. Thank you Lisa. Thank you.

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