Evanston, IL

Community Program

McFetridge Sports Center

3843 N California Ave

Chicago, Illinois 60618

Program Dates

Fall 2023


October 15, 22, 29

November 5, 12, 19

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ages 5-18)

Financial Info


ACEing Autism strives to keep costs affordable for families and can provide an ACEing Autism scholarship to families in financial need. We also offer information on the Dick’s Sporting Goods Grant for those that qualify.

Program Directors

Claire Desbans

I am a current sophomore at Northwestern University studying Neuroscience and Business Institutions on the pre-med track. I started ACEing Autism my freshman year of high school at Sage Hill School in Newport Beach, CA and continued to volunteer up to my junior year when Covid-19 hit. I felt so lucky to be a part of this great organization and to give back to my community that I wanted to give that same experience to my peers here at Northwestern. This is my first year starting ACEing Autism with my co-founder, Melanie, and am excited to see it grow over the next couple years.

Melanie Du

Hi, my name is Melanie! I am a sophomore at Northwestern University in the class of 2025, studying Cognitive Science and Chemistry. Along with Claire, I founded the Evanston program this year and we are super excited for our first season!