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ACES Angel, Carly McHenry, Opens Local Business

July 7, 2017

Car Jars
"What intrigued me the most was that everybody in their life has been touched by autism." -Carly McHenr
Once an ACES Angel, always an ACES Angel is what we say around here. Carly McHenry worked at ACES for three and a half years. She started out as a Behavior Interventionist and eventually advanced into a teaching assistant position at ACES Academy. Now? She runs her own successful small business. Cars Jars, serves delicious and unique salads/meals in jars for people on the go!


When speaking with Carly, her passion and drive were apparent in every word she spoke. When asked why she chose ACES, Carly stated that she wanted the one-on-one interaction with the child and the unique ability to engage with parents. "It gives the parents a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel because you're there with them, helping them."

Most Memorable Moment at ACES

Her most memorable moments at ACES were within the San Diego... more

Carol Gray’s Social Stories

June 20, 2017

Nellie Valentine and son.
Why do we hug or kiss some people when greeting them and only shake hands with others? Why don’t you sit right next to a stranger in a movie theater when the theater is not full? Why is it okay to run and yell in a park, but not in a library?

There are literally millions of social rules we have learned throughout our lives that help to guide our behavior and help us to understand the world around us based on who we are interacting with, where we are, and our culture. We retrieve past experiences in order to make judgments about what social behaviors are appropriate and we make many of t... more

The Magic of MAGIC Dance Arts

May 31, 2017

MAGIC dance class happening every Monday in the ACES San Jose office
Imagine a room of full of laughter, dance and song. That is the soundtrack for the MAGIC dance class happening every Monday in the ACES San Jose office. ACES is excited about our new partnership with MAGIC Dance Arts, a recreational program that provides Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) friendly dance classes to our children. MAGIC dance and ACES have come together with a shared goal of enriching the lives of our children and families by exposing them to an atmosphere filled with music, art and... more