What is Ace!?

Autism College Experience (Ace!) is a part of Nisonger Center’s Social Programs (Aspirations Ohio, Friendship Connection, Next Chapter Book Club). Ace! is a program to help The Ohio State University students with autism or similar communication difficulties confidently navigate the college experience. This is done by coordinating services that foster self-determination, social communication, and campus connections. Ace! staff will assist students in achieving academic, social, and post-graduate goals at The Ohio State University.

Program Components

  • Empower students through self advocacy
  • Provide academic study sessions
  • Help students develop organization and social skills
  • Direct academic coaching sessions
  • Lead group study session
  • Connect students to academic supports
  • Conduct individual development sessions
  • Facilitate social skills and peer support sessions
  • Provide access to Aspirations program activities (nisonger.osu.edu/adult/adult-clinics-services/aspirations-ohio/)
  • Assist students in navigating campus
  • Prepare students to communicate with OSU faculty, staff, and employees

Meet Our Staff

The Ace! staff consists of licensed social workers and social work graduate students who have extensive backgrounds in working with people with autism and similar abilities. Their familiarity with how to empower people with autism and  along with campus resources at The Ohio State University allows staff to tailor Ace! services and supports the needs of each individual.

Program Information Sheet


Want More Information?

Please contact the Ace! program manager Karen Krainz Edison MSW, LSW at karen.krainzedison@osumc.edu or by phone at 614-293-0536.