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Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) | Wikipedia

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by Lisa Ackerman[2] and based in Irvine, California. In 2019, the organization changed its name to “The Autism Community in Action”.

TACA is frequently at odds with the scientific consensus about autism causes and treatments, with various spokespeople for the group having publicly indicated support for Andrew Wakefield, author of a fraudulent research paperlinking vaccines and autism.

Relationship with Jenny McCarthy and the anti-vaccine movement

Among other critics, David Gorski identified TACA as “a group that promotes the idea that vaccines cause autism, as well as advocates dubious ‘biomedical’ treatments to ‘cure’ autism.[3]

Lisa Ackerman used to attribute autism to a wide range of causes, urging parents to get rid of flame-retardant clothing or mattresses and new carpeting. She advocated for vitamin shots and hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments.[4]

TACA was one of the sponsor groups of the Green our Vaccines march in Washington D.C on June 4, 2008, along with Generation Rescue. McCarthy and then-boyfriend Jim Carrey were prominently featured at the rally, along with several speakers making specific links between vaccines and autism.

In 2010, when medical journal The Lancet issued a full retraction of Andrew Wakefield’s research paper linking vaccines and autism, Rebecca Estepp, speaking for TACA, insisted she still trusted Wakefield’s research.[5][6]

In 2015, the co-coordinator of TACA’s Maryland chapter indicated that even though they question vaccines, her group was not a follower of Jenny McCarthy.[7]

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