November 14, 2016 | Blog, Press Release
Els for Autism and PGA National Collaborate on Hospitality Work Experience Program
Collaboration allows adults with autism gain valuable work experience, master social skills in the workplace, learn resume writing and interview skills
Jupiter, Fla. (November 14, 2016) – The Els for Autism Foundation announced a partnership with PGA National Resort and Spa to support its adult hospitality work experience program. The program is available for adults with developmental disabilities who have completed high school. The collaboration allows participants to gain valuable work experience, master social skills in the workplace, and learn resume writing and interview skills.
“Research shows that adults with developmental disabilities experience social, communication and other life skill challenges, and have much higher unemployment rates than the general population,” said Dr. Kerri Morse, Adult Services Coordinator at the Els for Autism Foundation. “We are extremely grateful to PGA National for providing internship opportunities for our clients, and helping them to fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives.”
“The noble goal of helping adults with autism to get meaningful employment experience and purpose in their lives is truly inspirational,” says Sheila Hills, PGA National’s Human Resources Training Manager / CGSP. “The work of Ernie Els and his foundation delivers countless blessings to families around the world and we here at PGA National are more than happy to help in any way we can.”
The Els for Autism Foundation operates The Els Center of Excellence, a 26-acre facility located in Jupiter, Florida, which houses a public charter school and provides a variety of services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and their families, including global outreach, education, therapy, recreation, research and adult services. The Center also provides internships for college students and outreach conferencing services to enable professionals from the global autism community to gather and disseminate best practices.
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The Els for Autism Foundation
The Els for Autism Foundation was established in 2009 by PGA TOUR golfer Ernie Els and his wife Liezl (residents of Jupiter, FL) shortly after their son Ben was diagnosed with autism. The Foundation’s overarching mission is to help people on the autism spectrum fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives. Els for Autism has offices in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and the UK. To help fulfill its mission, Els for Autism is building a state-of-the-art Center of Excellence in Jupiter, FL, with a local, national and global reach.
Donations can be made online at www.e4aannualgiving.org and by check (made payable to ‘Els for Autism’) and addressed to: Els for Autism, The Els Center of Excellence, 18370 Limestone Creek Rd, Jupiter, FL 33458.
PGA National Resort & Spa
Fresh off its comprehensive multi-million dollar revitalization, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, spa, vacation, and meetings destination. The South Florida locale offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses, including the famed Champion Course, home to the popular PGA TOUR Honda Classic and past host of the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and several Senior PGA Championships.
PGA National features customized suites ideal for weddings, golf “buddy trips” and spa aficionados. Its numerous multi-use settings include a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas; scenic Lakeside Lawn perfect for receptions; iDeck – a new 3,000-square-foot terrace ideal for indoor / outdoor dining and entertaining; and the 19th hole bar and grill named “Bar 91.” Other distinguishing highlights include a new 33,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club with 19 Har-Tru tennis courts; 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference and event space; and eight on-site restaurants and lounges.
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