Our mission is to make the sport of tennis available to children with autism and to use tennis as a means to enhance health and fitness, hand-eye coordination and motor development and improve the social skills for children with autism.... And, of course, to make sure kids have fun in the process!
A child neurologist focused on developmental disorders and a tennis professional with an MBA in entrepreneurship merged their interests and talents to create ACEing Autism. Through her clinical practice, Shafali Jeste witnessed first hand the paucity of affordable services available to children with autism, especially those centered on sports. Richard Spurling , as a tennis professional, had a particular affinity for junior program development and sought to apply those skills by helping children in need. Shortly after Shafali and Richard were married, they recognized that they could combine their skills to create a meaningful organization that provided tennis lessons for children with autism. ACEing Autism was created in September 2008. With the invaluable efforts of its volunteers and supporters, ACEing Autism services over 100 children with autism spectrum disorders in the greater Boston area and has expanded to the Los Angeles area in May 2010.