Welcome to ACE

The ACE and Healthy Infant Development Laboratory is dedicated to discovering the causes of autism and paving the way for more effective autism treatment. We focus on research to help identify what autism looks like in babies as young as 12 months. Our research is completely funded by grants and donations from people like you! Read More


Concerned Your Child Has Autism?

Does your child have Autism?

A recent CDC report (2018) notes that 1 in 59 children born each year will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Are you concerned your child might be one of them?

Health Hero Highlights

Our Center is happy to introduce the Health Hero of the Month! Every month we will be highlighting a healthcare staff member within our pediatric network who has demonstrated an outstanding job at identifying early signs of developmental delays and supported their community. 

This May, we selected Dr. Eric Reed from SHARP Rees-Stealy Medical Group in La Mesa as the Health Hero of the month! 

Click here to read more about Dr. Reed!Dr. Eric Reed
Dr. Eric Reed

News & Events

SPARK at Balboa Park!

Join us at the Balboa Park Carousel to learn more about and register for SPARK, a landmark national autism research study! Free admission to the Carousel for all attendees, plus tons of other fun activities! Click here to learn more!

NEW Study Shows ASD Diagnoses Stable at 14 Months Old
Results from a recent study led by Dr. Karen Pierce suggest that accurate, reliable screening is possible much earlier than previously thought before. Click here to view CNN news coverage on the study.  

Dr Pierce's Journey With Autism
Dr. Pierce

Kids help Kids & Donate $6,400 to Autism Research!

Alvin and Caitlin Wang Donate $6400 to Autism Resarch

Two incredibly talented musicians, Alvin (10) and Caitlin (8), electrified the audience in their Believe- Benefit Concert hosted on June 10th, 2018. Their Concert raised a total of $6,400 and all donations go to research focused on discovering the causes of autism at the UCSD Autism Center of Excellence. Read more here.

The UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence thanks everyone who kindly donated to the Concert and supported this event. The Center is especially appreciative and grateful for the generous donation from the entire Wang Family! 

Click here to watch the performance!
Alvin and Caitlin Wang     

Eric Courchesne: Reaching for the rings in autism research

Eric Courchese, SpectrumNews.org
Read the article here


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Autism Research 

Research Programs at the UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence are contributing to the overall understanding of autism spectrum disorder.

Latino Outreach Program

Funded by NFAR.
NFAR funds Free Developmental Evaluations for Spanish-Speaking Toddlers


Need To Train Typical Kids How to Play with Children With Autism?

 Give the Peer Manual to the typical peer and use the Teacher Manual to help the adult understand how to run the play sessions

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