The Center for Disease control estimates a prevalence of 1 in 45 people are diagnosed with Autism in New Jersey. ABILITIES' ACES is here to support those individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Wouldn’t it be great if someone could take your hand and travel the autism journey with you, reassuring you at every step that everything you need to be successful will be provided?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could be part of a community without having to apologize for who you are?
And wouldn’t it be great if your interests, strength and differences could be celebrated and used to further your successes as well as accomplishments?
Let Abilities of Northwest Jersey be your tour guide!
Each individual's lifelong journey is unique and requires a variety of supports. ACES (Autism Customized Employment & Services) is a comprehensive and innovative service designed for each individual, addressing the essential vocational, behavioral, life skills, and employment supports necessary for every journey. By empowering individuals and their families, ACES can assist in creating a knowledgeable and supportive community with the tools required for success.
ACES offers support services to individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder, ages 16 and older. Abilities ACES team of supports includes Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBA), Registered Behavioral Technicians (RBT), Direct Support Professionals, Employment Specialists, and Occupational Therapists. This team of professionals will assess the individual needs of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder in order to create a customized support plan that will lead to independence, community integration and employment.
"Every ACES participant has his or her own customized program, because every autistic person is unique. We often say that if you’ve seen one person with autism, you’ve seen one person with autism"
~Kelly G., Abilities' BCBA
Assessments, such as Essential for Living, are used to determine functional skills related to language, social skills, vocational skills, and activities of daily living. Essential for Living helps to select functional skills for instruction and problem behaviors for management. Some examples of the use of Essential for Living include but are not limited to:
• Teaching learners who are echolalic or who have limited vocal skills to request items/activities etc.
• Selecting appropriate, alternative methods of speaking for non-verbal learners or learners with a limited spoken-word repertoire.
• Track learner progress with respect to skills selected for instruction and problem behavior selected for management.
Career and employment matches are made based off the the skills, talents and choices of the individual on the spectrum through our Supported Employment program. Career planning, job development, application assistance. job coaching and long term follow along support services are all available in the Supported Employment program.
Celebrating Autism Awareness Month.
Splash is a fictional character whose journey is unique because every person's path at Abilities is individualized to fit their needs, dreams and goals. Click HERE to read about Splash's journey.
Helpful guides and information for individuals or families:
Autism Speaks- dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families
Autism: Navigating Through the Maze- a family guide to navigating the New Jersey Service Systems for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities
'You Don't Outgrow Autism': What Happens When Help Ends at 21?- Dateline NBC's look at two families as they reach 21. See the full episode by clicking the link above.
For more information about our Autism Customized Employment and Services program, contact Kelly Gansarski via email or by calling 908-689-1118