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Sam at Peter Piper Pizza

Say Cheese! Hiring individuals with autism is something to smile about

By Nicole Ehrlich When Thomas Thorme, senior general manager, and Robert Mason, assistant manager, of Peter Piper Pizza in Greenacres, FL, heard about an opportunity to hire individuals on the autism spectrum, they welcomed the idea with open arms. Having family members with autism, the managers knew the impact they could make by employing someone […]

Emmy at Joey D Fitness

A Win-Win Employment Story

When adults graduate from the Els for Autism Foundation Work Experience Program and find the right job with the right business, it is a win-win for the employee and employer. Emmalee (Emmy) Bell graduated from The Learning Academy and attended the Work Experience Program in partnership with PGA Resort and Spa. During her Work Experience […]

Going Solo: An Introduction

By Merrick Egber It was an exciting day when I turned 30. For many people, the idea of spending what should be a celebratory event at the tragic site of Clear Lake, Iowa, in the Surf Ballroom where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper played their last show before the “Day the Music […]

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 […]

Gregory Chabollah

Autistic Woodworker, A Story about Gregory Chabollah

In 1998 when Gregory Chabollah was age three, he was diagnosed with a form of autism called the Pervasive Development Disorder not otherwise specified or PDD-NOS.  The diagnosis was estimated to impact one in every ten thousand children. “Growing up as a child was very difficult for Gregory and his family.” Gregory’s mother, Michelle said. […]

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 […]

Role Models for Women with Autism: Gloria Mendoza and Rachel Barcellona

Author: Merrick Egber (October 2018) I would like to thank our Foundation, for having another great experience at the largest fundraising event of the year, our own Golf Challenge Grand Finale. I especially would like to congratulate our latest  Els for Autism Spectrum Award Winner, Adam Jones! It was great getting to meet him, and […]