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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.

Events

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: https://www.southernct.edu/asd-center/services/training

Routine Traffic Stop Practice for Individuals with ASD

The staff at the Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders in collaboration with the Southern Police Department and the CT DMV are pleased to announce an upcoming opportunity for individuals with autism who drive and want to practice handling a routine traffic stop.

When: October 2, 2021. Two sessions available (choose 1):

  • AM Session: 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • PM Session: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Where: SCSU School of Business Building and Parking Lot 12

Who: Drivers with autism must have a current license, car, registration, and insurance. One support person is welcome to attend.

What: Officers from the Southern Connecticut State University Police Department will perform practice routine traffic stops with drivers with autism. These traffic stops will allow participants to engage with an officer and experience a routine traffic stop in a controlled setting. It is expected that this experience will familiarize participants with the typical steps of a traffic stop and prepare them for the experience elsewhere. Participants will learn how to effectively utilize the Blue Envelope when stopped by a police officer. Blue Envelopes will be available for drivers should they choose to use them. The Blue Envelope is a Connecticut DMV resource that provides a blue colored envelope with written instructions to assist a motorist with autism spectrum disorder navigate a traffic stop. The envelope also alerts police officers that the individual has autism so that enhanced communication can be reached between the two.

For everyone, a traffic stop can create some anxiety. For an individual with autism, it may have an even greater impact. This program is designed to alleviate some of the stress associated with a traffic stop by providing an opportunity for drivers and officers to interact in a safe, predictable manner.

Participants will utilize their own vehicles for the practice traffic stops. Before the traffic stops, participants will review the steps of a routine traffic stop, and also how to use the DMV Blue Envelope. Drivers and Southern Police Officers will also have the opportunity to meet and engage informally prior to the traffic stops.

Presented By: SCSU Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Southern Police Department, CT Department of Motor Vehicles

Registration: Please email asd-center@southernct.edu. In the subject line of your email, please include: "traffic stop practice" and in the body of your email, please include: (1) name, (2) phone, (3) email, (4) preferred session (AM or PM).


Previous Events

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.