Skip to main content
Click to toggle navigation menu.

Category: Blog


The Belief That Everyone has a Voice: The History of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

From Rain Man and Temple Grandin, to Atypical and The Good Doctor, Hollywood’s portrayal of a person with autism is often someone who communicates their wants and needs verbally. However, anyone with a familiarity with autism knows that there is an often-misunderstood population of autistic individuals who cannot communicate verbally or communicate effectively on their own. For many years, it was assumed […]

Now Accepting Autism Spectrum Award Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Autism Spectrum Award!  The Els for Autism Spectrum Award honors an individual with autism spectrum disorder who has shined a positive light on autism through his/her character, positive attitude, and contribution. The 2020 winner will be honored at the Els for Autism Golf Challenge Grand Finale. Nomination Criteria:  […]


Mental Health and Autism

by Merrick Egber It is important to know that everybody in this world has different struggles that they deal with, whether it be stress, anxiety, depression, mental illness, a disability, etc. Even people who look to be the most invulnerable have had to struggle. Even if you think that you’re alone, there is always someone […]

Visual Supports For #GameON AUTISM™ Golf Program

Here are resources for you to use when teaching your child golf: Station Signs Rules to Remember SocialStory Schedule Cut Outs FullSwing CommentingBoard For more #GameON AUTISM™ Golf resources, visit our Resource Library.   What are Visual Supports? Visual supports are concrete cues that provide information about an activity, routine, or expectation and/or support skill […]

Q&A with Megan Weinberger

By Merrick Egber   Megan Weinberger, President of Rescue Life, an animal shelter organization, has played a vital role in the implementation of two of the Foundation’s new programs: The Adult Day Training (ADT) Program and Canine Connections. Through the ADT Program, autistic adults go into the community to learn new skills and practice old […]

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and we don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to celebrate all of the amazing people we love with autism. We invite you to follow us on social media, where we plan to share uplifting messages that shine a light on people with autism. Your support is ever so […]

10 Tips to Keep You Safe During the COVID-19 Outbreak

  In these challenging times, we are all navigating through uncertainty for ourselves, our loved ones and our community. We have compiled 10 tips you can follow, to help you stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. Beware of Internet Scams There are all kinds of online scams related to the Coronavirus, including […]

A Message From Els for Autism Regarding COVID-19

We hope you are all doing well amidst this challenging time in our world. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is on the top of everyone’s minds right now and we wanted to take a moment to share how Els for Autism is responding to the situation. Our top priority remains the health and safety of our staff, […]

College and the Shore: My college experience – review of “College for Students with Disabilities: We Do Belong” 

Society tends to overvalue college as a necessity. We constantly hear about student debts, tuition costs, and about getting a great degree, but in a job market that turns that degree holder into a McDonald’s employee.  Yet, for many people, college has an unique cultural identity unmatched by the outside world, with guarantees of some […]

Celebrating 10 Years of the Els for Autism Golf Challenge 2011 – 2020

2020 marks the 10th year of the Foundation’s largest fundraising activity, the Els for Autism Golf Challenge. The first nine years of the Golf Challenge brought the Foundation $24.6 million! Looking back to the beginning, Liezl Els, Co-Founder and Managing Director, was asked whose idea was the Golf Challenge?  She responded, “It was a combination […]