The Academy of Continuing Education


The Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) offers continuing education courses to adults with developmental disabilities and/or physical disabilities.

Recent graduates from the public school system or specialized schools often have a much different road ahead when planning for their future.  Their options are often limited to generic day programs that do not offer the intellectual stimulation and growth provided by the educational setting they just left.  

In response CAU founded the ACE program. ACE is open to individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities of all ages. The program is not only ideal for recent graduates but also for adults who have a desire to sharpen previously learned skills. Class sizes are small so individual attention can be given to each student and classes are tailored to individuals’ abilities.

Students can continue their education in a intellectually stimulating program that encourages higher behavioral standards and offers continued opportunities for learning, allowing them  to ease into the demands of living life in the community.


Classes are located at 70 Myrtle Street, Cranford NJ. For directions to the building, click here.  

If you are traveling via Access Link, the classroom may be accessed by Door A.  If you are traveling via car or other transportation mode, you may enter through Door D.


The curriculum offers students a full week’s worth of choices and includes the following courses:


A full list of the courses & descriptions can be found in the 2016 Course Catalogue

Classes are aligned to the state Core Curriculum Content Standards and foster appropriate learning opportunities. Students can take as many courses as they wish and in any combination. Each class is held once a week for 2 hours during the 8 week semester.

ACE is a NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) qualified program and can be purchased within the Supports Program in areas of Goods & Services, Prevocational Training, Supported Employment & Small Group Employment Support.  Classes are affordable and tailored to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and include the most current curriculum templates available from the State of NJ.

2016-2017 Schedule

1st Semester:
Tuesday, September 6 2016 – Friday, October 28 2016

2nd Semester:
Monday, November 14 2016 – Friday, January 13 2017
       ACE Classes will not be held November 24th or 25th, or Friday December 23 through January 2nd due to the winter holidays.

3rd Semester:
Monday, January 23 2017 – Friday, March 17 2017

4th Semester:
Monday, March 27 2017 – Friday, May 26 2017
ACE Classes will not be held Monday, April 10th through Friday April 14th due to the spring holidays.

5th Semester:
Monday, June 5 2017 – Monday, July 29 2017

Classes are subject to availability as class sizes are limited.  Students may begin attending classes mid-session and coursework may be adjusted at any time if alternate is available. Please call for more details 908-354-3040 x4671

Learn more about the program by watching the director’s interview with Comcast here.  

Parents and caretakers who are struggling to figure out the next step for their loved ones are encouraged to reach out to the director to learn more about the program.  For a complimentary information packet and admission form, please contact our Information & Referral Department at 908-354-3040 x4272.