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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.


Filling Your Own Cup First: Responding to the Emotions and Stressors of Parenting a Child with Special Needs

Join us in early 2020 for a parent workshop hosted by SANA Lab:

"Filling Your Own Cup First: Responding to the Emotions and Stressors of Parenting a Child with Special Needs."

Date to be announced. More information here.

5th Annual Autism Conference: Community-Based Interventions and Developmental Outcomes

Please join us for this full day symposium presented by: Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (Yale SANA) and Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE)

When: Thursday, April 2, 2020
Where: Yale School of Medicine, Child Study Center, Cohen Auditorium, 230 South Frontage Road New Haven, CT 06519

Visit the registration website to reserve your spot today!

Previous Events

On October 27, 2019, we co-hosted a conference with Southern State University called Youth on the Spectrum: Jobs, College, and Beyond. Learn about the conference and view the presentations here.

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.