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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.


Yale Child Study Center and SCSU Science of Autism Series

All sessions are held virtually on Fridays from 9:00am-10:00am. Register at no charge at For questions, please email

  • Friday, January 29, 2021: Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD - "Transitioning to Post-Secondary Education and Employment"
  • Friday, February 19, 2021: Lauren Tucker, EdD - "Uses for Assistive Technology During COVID-19"
  • Friday, March 5, 2021: Susan W. White, PhD, ABPP - "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth with Autism"
  • Friday, May 21, 2021: James McPartland, PhD - "Developing Biomarkers to Improve Clinical Research in Autism"

World Autism Day

Autism Awareness in Africa in China: Life Saving Awareness in the COVID 19 Era

Produced and hosted by Dr. Ugoji Adanma Eze, Esq, CEO and Founder of Renew Our Earth

Co-hosted by Frank Liu, Chairman and Founder of World Harmony Organization

View the agenda (PNG)

When: Friday, April 9, 2021 9:30am-11:00am

Zoom Link:

SIT for Autism Training

SIT for Autism

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center and Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders is pleased to offer a training for short term child care providers of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

This is a free virtual training, and a digital Sit Kit containing support materials will be given to all participants.

When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:00pm-8:00pm

Register online for the SIT for Autism training.

CEASD Virtual Conference: Navigating Transition Pathways

Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders is hosting a virtual conference on transition to assist families and school personnel with meeting the diverse transition needs of individuals with ASD in our state. Registration is free and open to the public. Register online at no charge.

When: April 30, 2021 8:45am-1:00pm

Keynote: A panel of representatives from state agencies to discuss secondary transition and available resources.

Breakout Sessions: Participants will take part in 2 breakout sessions, topics will include Recreation: Building Recreation Opportunities, IEP Transition Planning, Vocational Services, and Transition to College.

Family Panel: A chance for families to share their experience and answer questions.

Direct link to registration:

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:

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.