ART is now ACE!

The Autism Research Trust (ART) has embarked on a life-changing venture to translate excellent research into evidence-based support and

services for autistic people, and is now known as the Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge (ACE). Please join us on this journey.

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Why we need ACE

Our societies are failing to meet autistic people’s fundamental human rights, including the right to live a long, fulfilling, and healthy life, have an education, employment, leisure and dignity. Diagnosis is slow, while interventions, support and care are inconsistent, often lacking an evidence base.


Since 2008, the Autism Research Trust funded research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis and explore interventions to ensure that autistic people receive the best possible support. In 2019, trustees recognised the importance of bringing research and clinical services closer together, in conjunction with autistic people and their families leading the way in terms of priority areas and needs.

In 2021 the Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge (ACE) was registered as a new charity to fund excellence in autism research as well as the development and evaluation of interventions that can be translated via partners (who are service providers worldwide from health and social care organisations to schools and employers), to improve the lives of autistic people and their families.

Autistic people want seamless lifelong support, underpinned by research

This has to start now.

The consequences for autistic people can be devastating. Too many autistic people feel isolated and suffer from poor mental health, with 1 out of 3 autistic adults having attempted suicide.

Your gift today will help accelerate autism research, revolutionise support and open up opportunities for autistic people and their families.


could go help recruit people for a clinical trial for a new intervention


could progress opportunities in the workplace, looking carefully at the different ways autistic people would welcome support


could provide further research and guidance re. the criminal justice system, ensuring autistic people receive a fair and impartial trial

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“After diagnosis we felt like we were shown the door and were on our own. ACE will help revolutionise support for autistic people and their families, and this is a huge and exciting prospect.”

– Sheila, ACE supporter

About Us

The Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge (ACE) is a science-led campaigning charity working closely with Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre. Our aim is to improve access to high quality support and remove barriers and stigma for autistic people.

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ACE is charity registered in England and Wales, Reg. No: 1191599. Read our Privacy Statement.