Adolescent and Adult Competitive Employment and Socialization (AACES)

Helping people with disabilities lead more independent lives


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Adolescent and Adult Competitive Employment and Socialization (AACES) is a group of programs designed to increase independence and decrease isolation among young people with disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder.

We can help you:

  • Transition into adulthood
  • Develop and practice effective social skills
  • Build relationships with peers in a welcoming environment
  • Find and maintain employment
  • Gain work experience
  • Learn independent living skills
  • Identify community resources

Transition Services: Employment & Higher Education (Ages 17-21)

Transition Services are for youth ages 17-21 who are in need of assistance to transition successfully into competitive employment or higher education.

Our services are tailored to your specific needs. We assess your needs, develop an individualized plan and work with you to implement that plan. We serve all persons with disabilities except those eligible for ID services.

We help register individuals with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Once approved and referred by OVR, we can provide the following services:

  • Assessment
  • Planning
  • Workplace readiness training
  • Preparation and pre-placement support
  • Post-placement work site shadowing and support

Whether you’re seeking competitive employment or a workplace learning experience, or you want to further your education, we can provide you with the support you need to meet your goals.

Job Coaching (Ages 18+)

Job Coaching is for young adults ages 18+ who desire competitive employment in the community. Our services are tailored to your specific needs. We assess your needs, develop an individualized plan and work with you to implement that plan. We serve all persons with disabilities except those eligible for ID services.

We provide the following services:

  • One to one individualized support throughout the vocational process of paid employment
  • Assistance with resume development
  • Vocational evaluation to determine job preference and skills
  • Assistance with the application and job development processes
  • Mock interviews and attendance at interviews
  • On-the-job training until independent
  • Regular check ins on the job site

We are an approved vendor for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and can provide services for OVR clients. We also provide Job Coaching and for individuals who are not OVR clients and are interested in private pay. You must have a high school diploma or GED to be eligible for Job Coaching services.

Business Partners

  • ACME (Newtown)
  • Boston Market (Langhorne)
  • Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce
  • Pennsbury School District
  • Sam’s Club (Langhorne)

Job Coaching is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry/Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Work-Based Learning Experience (Ages 16+)

Work-Based Learning Experience (WBLE) is for young adults ages 16+ who would like to gain work experience. Students will be provided with a paid work experience of up to 90 hours in order to gain knowledge and develop the skills needed to obtain competitive employment in the community. We work together with students and school staff to determine if WBLE is appropriate.

Who We Serve

WBLE is recommended for students who are in their last 2 years of high school and who would not require intensive onsite supervision. We serve all persons with disabilities except those eligible for ID services.

Getting Started

We help register interested individuals with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Once approved and referred by OVR, we match participants with a position based on their area of interest, skill level and ability.

WBLE is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry/Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Coffee House

We offer two Coffee House socialization programs specifically for young adults with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Social Anxiety and other mental health disorders. The goal of Coffee House is to help you gain social comfort and make connections with other young people.

  • Coffee House is for high school graduates, ages 18+
  • Junior Coffee House is for high school students, ages 14-21
  • Both programs include organized activities, discussion groups, guest speakers and casual conversation

To participate in Coffee House, you must:

  • Have a disability such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS or High Functioning Autism, Social Anxiety, a Learning Disability or another mental health diagnosis
  • Be able to attend programs independently and navigate adjoining mall without support
  • Demonstrate motivation to participate and agree to adhere to program expectations which will be explained upon admission

Over 75% of adults with Asperger’s Syndrome do not hold a full-time job.

Want to speak with us?

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Need to talk?: 215-355-6000

Housing Link: 1-800-810-4434