ACES is committed to building the capacity of local school districts to serve student with disabilities in the “least restrictive environment” and increase their time spent with non-disabled peers. The result has been a cadre of successful programs that connect ACES specialists with district staff to serve students with disabilities in their local district. This model is effectively leveraging some of the best practices in special education while helping districts meet their legal obligations of maximizing opportunities for students to learn alongside their non-disabled peers in their home districts. ACES also operates programs for students with extreme behavioral and psychological challenges.


West Haven High School

An In-District Collaborative program at West Haven High School provides educational services to students identified with intellectual and other disabilities. Daily programming includes academic, vocational and social skills instruction.

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

Students in ACES West Haven Collaborative program made and sent snowflakes to Sandy Hook.


Yale New Haven Hospital

Relies on ACES to fill a critical gap in the hospital’s inpatient mental health services for school age children. The program keeps students in the care of the hospital’s Children’s Psychiatric Emergency Services (CPES) on pace academically, supporting the transition of the students in and out of the hospital setting by serving as a liaison between the family, school and CPES.