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Our Global Reach Keeps Growing!

In many countries, there is a distinct lack of access to information and to therapy providers specializing in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). World of Golf Hall of Famer and four-time Major Champion, Ernie Els and his wife, Liezl, experienced this first hand.  Their son, Ben, was diagnosed with ASD in 2005.  At the time, he […]

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A Swimming Pool?

Recent research (1) indicates that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at a substantially increased risk of accidental death, particularly from unintentional drowning. Fatal drowning in children with ASD typically occur in water bodies (unsecured ponds, lakes, canals) near their homes. From 2009 to 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% of total U.S. deaths […]

Safety First!

While too often we are notified of tragic events happening on school campuses across the U.S., the Foundation staff have been putting plans into place to manage unplanned events should one ever arise.  These events can come in many forms, natural events such as hurricanes and tornadoes or man-made events such as an intent to […]

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Expanding Adult Services Programs

The theme of this year’s Els for Autism Golf Challenge Grand Finale, the culmination of the Foundation’s largest fundraising event, will be ‘Bridging the Gap’.  When young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) graduate from school at the age of 21, many have a difficult time developing a continuing education plan, gaining paid-employment, obtaining independent […]

New Addition to The Sensory Arts Garden

The Sensory Arts Garden has a beautiful new feature—the water wall!  The addition, completed in early March, was funded by a group of generous ladies who attended Liezl’s Tea Party. The water wall is a colorful and captivating feature of the Sensory Arts Garden and the kids are loving it! “The water wall is perfect […]

Holiday Brick Campaign

Holiday Bricks 2018

Looking for a meaningful gift this holiday season? Check out our commemorative bricks! There are multiple options for engraving and the bricks are installed on The Els Center of Excellence campus. These brick pavers are a wonderful way to express a personalized and unique message. If your child likes to draw, they can add their […]

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Q&A with Pianist Prodigy James Williams 

It was a typical day in the life of the Foundation. We were holding our third annual Awe in Autism event celebrating some of the best and brightest minds in the autism community showing off their talents and expertise, and I was there hosting the event. Shortly after I finished my speech, I introduced James […]

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Ernie Els, Founder of the Els for Autism Foundation, will be the recipient of the 2018 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)

September 27, 2017 – Els also founded The Ernie Els Foundation in 1999 in his homeland of South Africa, and then joined forces with the Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate to establish The Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation to help identify underprivileged teens who show talent in golf and give them a chance to reach […]