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The Heisman Trophy Trust has announced that Ernie Els will be awarded the 12th Heisman Humanitarian Award by the Heisman Trophy Trust in recognition of his diligent efforts in assisting those with Autism.

August 29th – The announcement took place at Liberty National Golf Club on August 28th, in conjunction with an Els for Autism 2017 Golf Challenge event. Heisman Trustee Sanford Wurmfeld made the announcement to the guests gathered at the event. Els was on hand along with fellow PGA Tour golfer Branden Grace. “We are proud to […]

The History of Autism Part III: Present History

Author: Merrick Egber (July 19, 2017) On a moonlit night, on June 19th, 1986, a child was born to a couple. Like the hit playing on the radio before my arrival, the first “Invisible Touch” had happened. While I was moving through the pre-existential cosmos, unaware of a new stage in my life as a […]

The History of Autism Part II – Troubled Bits

  Full disclosure: The author of this piece is Jewish. Author: Merrick Egber (June 20, 2017)  With a tip of the hat to Alex Plank, my journey through the history of autism began when I saw John Donvan and Caren Zucker being interviewed for their recent best-selling book called “In a Different Key: The History […]

ESPN Announces Ernie Els as a Finalist for the Sports Humanitarian Award

ESPN will honor individuals and teams for their contributions to humanitarian causes at a ceremony July 11 at L.A. Live. Laila Ali will host the Sports Humanitarian Awards, which will now have one of its honors named after her father, Muhammad Ali. Golfer Ernie Els, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and Mets […]

AUTISM EXPERTS SHARE LATEST RESEARCH, INNOVATIONS AT FIRST ANNUAL ELS FOR AUTISM CONFERENCE IN JUPITER, FLA

Jupiter, Fla. (May 3, 2017) – Over 175 professionals, self-advocates, community leaders and professionals gathered for a two-day meeting that featured presentations from leaders in autism science, practice and public policy from around the globe.  The 2017 “Autism Innovations and Global Impact State of the Science Conference, hosted by the Els for Autism Foundation, more than […]

The History of Autism Part I – Origins of Autism

Author: Merrick Egber (May 2, 2017) photo: Dr. Leo Kanner In 1911 a Swiss psychiatrist known as Dr. Eugene Bleuler made a startling discovery. While studying individuals with schizophrenia, a term he coined, he noticed that many of those same patients had related symptoms that he hadn’t diagnosed before. These patients seemed entirely withdrawn, oblivious […]

#4MILES4AUTISM FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO CELEBRATE APRIL AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

Jupiter, Fla. (April 2, 2017) – The Els for Autism Foundation is announcing a challenge to get individuals to walk, run, or bike the length of the average golf course (4 miles) between April 2 – 28, 2017, and donate $25 or more to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) will […]

Breaking the Stereotype – A review of In My Words: Stories of an Autistic Boy

Author: Merrick Egber (March 30th, 2017) I was given a well-liked book, In My Words: Stories of an Autistic Boy, to review. Following 22-year-old Robbie Clark, the book chronicles the growth of an autistic individual from birth at a Baton Rouge hospital to his current life in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s a short book – 109 pages […]

Double the Insight: An Interview with Alex Plank of Wrong Planet

Author: Merrick Egber (February 21, 2017) On April 28th of this year, Els for Autism is going to help celebrate the end of Autism Awareness Month by hosting the inaugural Autism Innovations & Global Impact Conference: The State of the Science which will see a team of leaders all devoted to explaining the current state […]