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Creating a Spooktacular Trick or Treat with AAC Boards and Sensory-Friendly Costumes

Halloween is a fun time of the year, filled with costumes, candy, and community. For children with unique needs, such as those who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices or require sensory-friendly accommodations, ensuring this festive occasion is safe and enjoyable. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure a spooktacular Halloween experience for […]

Pumpkin Spice Recipes

In celebration of the Big Easy™ Cafe by Ernie Els opening inside the Stoops Family Adult Services Building, we are jumping on the pumpkin spice train. Cafe Manager Jenn Wilson has four pumpkin-spiced treats to make with your family and friends. Ginger Snap Parfaits At our house, we love the fall and particularly love mixing […]

Meet Dr. Nate Shanok, Research Coordinator at Els for Autism®, but beyond that, a Game Changer. 

By Merrick Egber One of the most critical roles in proving that a new program or service works is individuals conducting research, hence the term ‘evidence-based practice.’ Dr. Nate Shanok has been doing integral research with us for many years, including the Ernie Els #GameON Autism® Sports programs. His newest paper, which he worked on with […]

The Big Easy™ Cafe by Ernie Els opens on The Els Center of Excellence® Campus 

By Merrick Egber   The Stoops Family Adult Services Building officially opened in late August on The Els Center of Excellence campus in Jupiter, Florida. The 21,000-square-foot building is a place for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to access the essential support and services needed during the transition to adulthood years and throughout life as […]

Els for Autism® secures $1 million to support the construction of specialized recreation complex

On Tuesday, August 29 at a ceremony on the campus of The Els Center of Excellence®, leaders and supporters of the Els for Autism Foundation recognized Senator Gayle Harrell and Representative John Snyder for their efforts in successfully advocating for a $1 million appropriation to support the construction of a specialized autism recreation complex on […]

Els for Autism Foundation® Opens Purpose-Built Building Dedicated to Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Els for Autism Foundation® takes great pride in announcing yet another milestone in its ongoing mission to offer limitless possibilities to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families with the grand opening of the Stoops Family Adult Services Building at The Els Center of Excellence® campus. The 21,000-square-foot building is a place for […]

Supporting Parents through Transition

You’re invited to join our “Supporting Parents through Transition” group. Parents will meet with an Els for Autism® support group counselor and counselor intern for 75 minutes twice a month for three months to receive support and share ideas and resources. The co-facilitators will focus on strategies to assist the families in coping with their […]

How Ben Els’ Childhood Barbers are Changing the Game for Individuals with Autism Needing Haircuts 

We are aware of certain professions having autism-sensitive professionals in the fields that they work in dentists, pediatricians, psychologists, and psychiatrists, to name a few. However, you don’t always think of a barber, so we spotlight one who provides free haircuts every third Sunday for children with autism. Meet Joe Alfano, owner and proprietor of […]

You’re Hired! Employment Matching Success Story

Although most adults on the spectrum have the knowledge and abilities necessary for success in the workplace, most autistic adults remain unemployed or underemployed.  The Els for Autism Employment Programs team supports adults with autism in finding and keeping jobs that fit their interests, goals, and ambitions. Westside Cleaners is an award-winning laundromat near our […]

Individuals with autism from around the globe teeing off in the Second Annual Ernie Els #GameON Autism® International Golf Tournament

Individuals, as young as 5-years-old, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) worldwide will compete in the Second Annual Ernie Els #GameON Autism® International Golf Tournament on Monday, July 17, and Tuesday, July 18. Official Program Providers (OPPs) of the Ernie Els #GameON Autism® Golf Program participating this year are Autism Okanagan (Canada), The Golf Trust (United […]