Mission Statement

ACEing Austism's mission is to make the sport of tennis available to children with autism and to use tennis as a means to enhance health and fitness, hand-eye coordination and motor development and improve the social skills for children with autism.

ACEing Autism was founded in the summer of 2008 by Richard Spurling & Dr. Shafali Jeste in Boston, MA. as a family run organization with the invaluable efforts of its volunteers & supporters. We launched our first program at The Longfellow Club, Wayland (MA) with 15 children. In early 2010, after working for four years at Children's Hospital Boston, Dr Shafali Jeste (ACEing Autisms founder) was recruited to the UCLA Center for Autism Research & Treatment, and therefor the Spurling/Jeste family relocated to Los Angeles, California, where ACEing Autism continues to grow. In May 2010 we partnered with UCLA's adaptive reaction program, which continues still, and in 2011 The Help Group, who now offer an after-school program at their Sherman Oaks campus. In 2012 we opened four new programs locations, and in 2013 we opened a further ten new program locations. We currently provide recreational tennis programs to 500+ children with autism spectrum disorders across 30 locations in the U.S. We love what we do and look forward to seeing your family on the court with us very soon!

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