The Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) is an initiative of The Special Child Trust to transform the autism education landscape in India by building a not-for-profit center for high quality research based education that trains teachers and educates children...
Autism - A Global Challenge
3 May' 2013
The Special Child Trust brings Vincent Strully to India fro the first time. Mr. Strully is the founder of NECC and a leader in autism intervention. Founded in 1975, NECC is a global leader in autism research & intervention.
'Closer'
A film dealing with autism
Special Child

The Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) is an initiative of The Special Child Trust to transform the autism education landscape in India by building a not-for-profit center for high quality research based education that trains teachers and educates children. It's goal is to create a world class facility for individuals with special needs of all functionalities focusing on Autism and other developmental delays, providing a holistic education based on sound scientific principles and preparing them for maximum independence in the social environment

Mission

  • To provide individualized, scientifically-based educational services to children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders for at least 100 children who have not been able to integrate into mainstream schools.

  • To create a world class teacher training facility with a capacity to train at least 50 teachers annually.

  • To create a graduate level program based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in collaboration with NECC and a local University.

  • To promote the achievement of high educational standards in realizing the full intellectual, social, physical, and emotional potential of each of its students.

  • We will extend our educational programming beyond the school's walls through training, consultation, and support for students' families.

  • The school will offer ongoing professional development opportunities to its staff, as well as to other educators in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Our Plan - Education Centre

  • ACE will be based on the teaching principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and located in a 30,000 sq ft facility on the Heritage School campus in Gurgaon.

  • The teaching methods would be research based and data driven and will follow international standards of intervention.

  • The school will initially begin with 3 classrooms with 6-8 children in each class. The goal is to gradually increase the number of classrooms to reach a maximum of 12 classrooms over a 5-year period.

  • The school will eventually cater to children on the spectrum from pre-school to early adulthood (age 21) with a strong focus on the middle and teenage years (the age group that shows maximum fall out from school systems, with very few existing programs to cater to this population)

Our Plan - Training Centre

  • The school program will also have an onsite Graduate Program in Autism for existing staff and faculty.

  • This would be in the format of continuing education in collaboration with a University where the graduate students would work towards a Master's degree based on credits from course work as well as on site work experience.

  • The program would commence with 10 teachers and move on to training 50 teachers a year over a 5-year period.

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