Without the support of Head Penn we would not be able to reach so many children with autism. Head Penn has contributed over $25,000 in tennis product to support our mission and introduce tennis to children with autism in over 50+ locations.
Our mission is to connect children with autism through unique tennis programs, and to develop and advance proven methods to positively impact the children, families and communities we serve.
ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
ASD is almost five times more common among boys than among girls.
CDC estimates that about 1 in 68 children has been identified with ASD.
Diagnosing ASD can be difficult since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders.
Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis.
ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered very reliable.
Many children do not receive a final diagnosis until much older. This delay means that children with ASD might not get the early help they need.
There is currently no cure for ASD. Research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development.
Early intervention services help children from birth to 3 years old (36 months) learn important skills. Services can include therapy to help the child talk, walk, and interact with others.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that obesity is 50 percent more common in adolescents with developmental disabilities and those with autism face the greatest risk.
It is important to talk to your child’s doctor as soon as possible if you think your child has ASD or other developmental problem.
Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S.
More than 3 million Americans have an autism spectrum disorder.
Lifetime care can cost $3.2 million.
47,000 new families start their journeys with autism each year.
The rate of autism is up more than 300 percent since 2002.
How It All Started
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 the spring of 2009 we added a second location, The Weymouth Club in Weymouth (MA). Richard quickly realized that he could greatly enhance the lives of children and families with autism through tennis, and he made a commitment to dedicate his career to the development and expansion of ACEing Autism.
If you wish to volunteer at one of our programs near you, or if you are interested in starting your own program, please contact us! We would be more than happy to discuss any volunteer opportunities with you!
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ACEing Autism is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Your donations help us buy necessary tennis equipment, teaching supplies, pay for court time, support autism community events and invest in growing our program.
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ACEing Autism wishes to acknowledge and give our profoundest thanks to our supporter and partnerHEADPENN, who has been providing all equipment to our programs and players since 2014. Their partnership and generosity has enabled us to make a difference.