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April 27, 2017

Nobel prize winning peace activist, Malala Yousafzai, once said, "One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." This blog tells the inspirational story of a very special Autism Puzzle wall – a wall inspired by one ACES puzzle piece, one teacher, and one classroom. It is a perfect way to wrap up April Autism Awareness month.

The story begins in early April with... more

April 18, 2017

The first book I read by Temple Grandin described her mother's insistence that her young daughter learn manners. Her mother never said "stop" or "don't"; she did not get upset, she simply stated what the correct behavior was and ensured Temple followed through. Recalling my own early days as a mother, I had the same focus, but not the formula. My children's manners seemed to be the public... more

February 17, 2017

Temple Grandin will be the featured speaker at UNT's Autism Event April 13. Temple Grandin will be the featured speaker at UNT's Autism Event April 13. As part of the second annual "+ Autism" series, ACES is grateful for the opportunity to co-sponsor Temple Grandin's lecture and panel discussion in partnership with the University of North Texas. The event will be held at 9 a.m. at the Temple... more

November 3, 2016

At ACES, it’s not just the kids who love Halloween! ACES Irvine staff really got in to the spirit this year holding their first annual “Staff and Family Halloween Party” on October 28th.

Games and activities were provided for the well-attended event including the Eyeball Toss, Pin the Hat on the Witch, and Haystack Hunt. The office was bustling with games, crafts and fun around every... more

October 5, 2016

Some things just go together like peanut butter and jelly, summer and swimming, ice cream and adults with disabilities.

That's right. A very special Texas-based company called Howdy Homemade employs adults with autism and other disabilities to greet customers and serve up delicious ice cream. Their motto is "Howdy Homemade harnesses hope and hard work to empower special Texans with... more

July 12, 2016

(Left to right) Joe Dixon, Aimee Pack, Alex Fox, Ashley Drag Posted by Alex Fox If you ask any ACES employee what the core values of the company are, there’s a good chance they would be able to repeat them with conviction. The ACES culture is rich with examples of moments where each value has been exemplified. While there are seven commonly discussed values (respect, fun, passion, innovation,... more

May 10, 2016

Saving her smiles for the mirror and camera lens, Nora responded to seeing this photo of herself in vocational training by taking over the technology and emailing it to herself.Nora is someone who enters a room so intensely that it is impossible to forget the first time you met her. For me that day was the start of this school year. I was participating in the vocational training program... more

April 21, 2016

On April 15th, ACES partnered with The New Children’s Museum in San Diego, California to host the ACES 20th anniversary extravaganza for our clients and their families. Those in attendance were treated to unrestricted private access to the museum, dinner, giveaways and more. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kristin Farmer, expressed her gratitude on behalf of us all during a brief... more

April 5, 2016

ACES 2016 Platinum Anniversary CelebrationIt’s been twenty years since ACES opened its doors in 1996 to individuals and families impacted with autism and other developmental disabilities. In order to celebrate this milestone, on April 15th, ACES is partnering with The New Children’s Museum in San Diego to open the museum exclusively for ACES staff, clients, and families.

ACES staff and... more

April 1, 2016

"Art + Autism," is a new exhibition showcasing the talents and abilities of artists living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The exhibition is sponsored by the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, UNT Art Galleries and UNT's College of Visual Arts and Design. Curated by Sharon Hartman, Accessible Art.

"To look deeper than the challenges of the human condition and... more