2023 ACEing Autism Award Winners

We are excited to announce our 2023 ACEing Autism Award winners! We want to congratulate everyone on a fantastic year and we look forward to an even better one.   PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: Akron, OH: Congratulations to Akron for being ACEing Autism’s Program of the Year in 2023! Program Directors Katie Orlando and Tammy…

Meet Isabelle McCann

Meet Izzy McCann, a 16-year-old volunteer from our Washington, DC program. Izzy started volunteering when she was 14 years old and has enjoyed her time on court ever since.   “I really wanted them to have fun but fun looks a lot different for each child so learning what that was, was very important,” she…

Meet Graham Thompson

Meet Graham Thompson, a 9-year-old athlete from our Houston – The Forest Club program in Texas.    “He has a hard time following directions, but the structure of the program allows freedom for him,” his mother, Stacey Thomspon, explained. “He is a rigid thinker so this works great because they meet him where he is…

Remembering Jim Martz

Written by Richard Spurling   I am extremely saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. I met Jim in 2014 as he had a keen interest in ACEing Autism’s mission, as his grand nephew was on the spectrum and this sparked his interest in autism awareness.   Jim was extremely passionate about our work and was…

Incredible Gift from an Anonymous Heart

We are overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement as we announce an amazing surprise – ACEing Autism has received an extraordinary anonymous gift of $75,000! Words cannot express the immense gratitude and excitement we feel towards this incredible surprise.   When we received this gift, we were overwhelmed with joy and appreciation. This extraordinary gift will…

Richard Spurling Interviews Asher Major

Founder and Executive Director Richard Spurling chats with former ACEing Autism participant Asher Major, who now attends the Anderson Center for Autism. During their conversation, Richard Spurling asked Asher if they met through tennis which Asher quickly answered: “I wasn’t good at first and then I got.. I never gave up, and then I got…