Pittsburgh, PA

Community Program

Shadyside Academy

23 Fox Chapel Road

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15238

Program Dates

Summer 2024


June 8, 15, 22, 29

July 6, 13

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (ages 4-10)

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ages 11-21)


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

Emma Famili

Emma was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where she began volunteering for ACEing Autism when she was sixteen. She has been a volunteer for ACEing Autism for four years and was excited to become Program Director in 2019. Emma is also the Regional Program Director for Middle States. Emma received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and works for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Presidential Management Fellow. Emma has been a tennis player for twelve years and has been working in special education for five years. She began working with children who are blind, she then worked with infants born with disabilities, and taught students with multiple disabilities. Emma has a passion for helping others. She hopes to be able to continue to support others by promoting inclusion and kindness.

Liza Plakseychuk

Liza Plakseychuk is a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who started working with Aceing Autism in 2018. She played tennis competitively for the majority of her life, including one year on her collegiate tennis team at Denison University. At Denison, she received her bachelor of science in biology and pursued a masters in biomedical science shortly after. She has always loved helping coach tennis and was excited to get involved with Aceing Autism. On the court you can always see her cheering on players and volunteers.