Managing Editor's Note: Congratulations to our sponsor TACA on a "whale" of a grant! TACA will put this money where it's heart is - with the children.
TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM RECEIVES $300,000 GRANT FROM PACIFIC LIFE FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY AUTISM IN ORANGE COUNTY
Costa Mesa, CA - January 21, 2009 -Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $300,000 multi-year grant from the Newport Beach based Pacific Life Foundation. As a direct result of this generous contribution, TACA will launch three new programs for Orange County, California for families including a Spanish-language program, the addition of an in house advocate to provide education, training and support for families, and scholarships that would allow families to procure independent assessments for their children. All of these programs are offered at no charge to families affected by autism.
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States affecting 1 in 150 children. TACA serves more than 14,000 families annually, with 95% of their programs and services provided at no charge for families. Because of the rapid increase in the rate of autism, more than 400 new families each month seek out TACA for help and support.
"We are so grateful to the Pacific Life Foundation for recognizing the needs of children with autism and their families," said TACA Executive Director Lisa Ackerman. "It has been my dream for several years to provide these services to families, and now because of the generosity and leadership of the Pacific Life Foundation, we are able to achieve that dream and help so many more families."
Please visit www.tacanow.org for more information about the programs and services TACA provides.
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national organization, headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, dedicated to providing information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help people with autism be the best they can be. Approximately 95 percent of TACA's services are provided at no charge and include education and support meetings, parent mentoring, and the Autism Journey Guide.
About Pacific Life Foundation
The Pacific Life Foundation was established in 1984. Together with Pacific Life, the Foundation has contributed donations totaling over $51.7 million to hundreds of nonprofits over the past 25 years. Offering insurance since 1868, Pacific Life provides a wide range of life insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans. With more than half of the 100 largest U.S. companies as its clients, Pacific Life is also a member of the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association (IMSA), whose membership promotes high ethical standards for the sale of individual life insurance and annuities.