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[Note: This profile and timeline is in progress. Last updated: November 16, 2021]
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a parent-founded autism organization launched February 13, 2000 and is based in Irvine, California.
This is highly problematic parent-founded autism organization that is notorious for pushing the false notion that vaccines cause autism, supports Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent research and promotes harmful, even deadly, autism cures including vitamin shots and hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments (HBOT). One of the myths promoted by Lisa Ackerman is autism was caused by flame-retardant clothing, carpet and furniture. She encourage parents to get rid of these objects.
TACA lobbied for the Combating Autism Act of 2006 with other parent-founded organizations.
TACA was one of the organizations that sponsored the “Green The Vaccines” march in Washington D.C. on June 4, 2008 that featured Jenny McCarthy with her then boyfriend, Jim Carrey, and their parent-founded autism organization Generation Rescue.
In 2010, when the 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.
In 2015 it appears that TACA has tried to distance themselves from Jenny McCarthy ,and deny their group was not a follower of McCarthy.
TACA changed their name in 2019 to The Autism Community In Action (TACA).
Even today, in 2021, this organization battles scientists and Autistics alike about autism’s cause and treatments.
Fact: Vaccines do not cause autism.
February 13, 2000
Talk About Curing Autism is lauched by Lisa Ackerman.
This is a parent-founded organization focused on autism myth and pseudoscience.
TACA lobbied with other parent-founded organizations for the Combating Autism Act of 2006.
June 4, 2008
TACA is a sponsor of the ”Green The Vaccines” rally in Washington D.C. with celebrity influencer, Jenny McCarthy, and her boyfriend, Jim Carrey.
Andrew Wakefield’s work is debunked and found to be fraudulent. TACA doubles down and continues support for Wakefield’s notions about autism.
TACA changes their name to The Autism Community In Action (TACA).
Timeline in progress.