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What is ACE?

Yale’s Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) Program aims to advance understanding of early neurodevelopment of children affected by autism.

The Yale ACE aims to:

  • identify neural signatures of ASD and evaluate their relevance to prediction of outcomes and response to intervention during prenatal, neonatal, and school-age period
  • identify sex-linked risk and protective factors in ASD
  • conduct an efficacy trial of a novel intervention targeting an early attentional marker of autism
  • examine cellular, molecular, and brain mechanisms in pairs of siblings concordant and discordant for ASD to isolate risk and protective factors for ASD

Results from the combined projects have the potential to identify novel diagnostic and prognostic markers, identify risk and protective mechanisms, and clarify neural bases of sex differences in ASD.


Video Series: Successful Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism

This is a free, 20-part professional development video series targeted at anyone who interacts with a person with ASD in a learning environment. The videos cover a wide array of topics related to teaching students with autism, including the most relevant evidence-based practices along with immediately applicable information.

The videos can be found on the SCSU CEASD website:

SCSU Science of Autism Series

All Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Science of Autism sessions are scheduled from 9:00-10:00am Eastern, presented monthly from October through December. Registration is required:

Friday, October 8, 2021

Title: "Applying Evidence-Based Approaches Internationally"
Speaker: Dimitris Dimitriou, MD, PhD

Friday, November 19, 2021

Title: "The Changing Face of Autism: New Perspectives on Outcomes"
Speaker: Fred Volkmar, MD

Friday, December 3, 2021

Title: "A Global Perspective on Autism and Its Treatment Across Geographical and Cultural Contexts"
Speaker: Giacomo Vivanti, PhD

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ACE in the News

ACE was recently featured on News 8 WTNH.

Click here to learn about our projects with newborns and pregnant mothers.

Click here to learn about our work with older children with autism and their siblings.