Operation of all Center education and clinical programs is based in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Program implementation is provided through a transdisciplinary team adhering to the principle of evidence-based decision making and best practice procedures.

Rationale for the development of The ACES Center for Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders comes from a number of sources including: an identified scarcity of services for adolescents and young adults with autism and related disorders accessible to school districts, family concerns for the continuation of ABA based instruction and treatment for older students, recent legislative actions in Connecticut addressing autism services, and the ACES Mission and Beliefs that advance innovative leadership at the highest level within the field of education.