Skip to main content
Click to toggle navigation menu.
Els for Autism Golf Challenge Awards Ceremony

Experiencing Excellence at The 2017 Grand Finale

Jupiter, Fla. (November 7, 2017) – The Els for Autism Golf Challenge Grand Finale, hosted by Ernie and Liezl Els Oct.27-28, brought 300 guests to Palm Beach County to experience excellence firsthand. The event celebrated the culmination of the seventh-annual golf challenge, which raised $2,973,507 for the Foundation, and featured an award ceremony, tournament golf […]

Nobody Knows What It’s Like: My Review of “The Good Doctor”

Author: Merrick Egber (October 5th, 2017) An attempt at a spoiler free review. Disclaimer: This review only covers the first two episodes, “Pilot – Burnt Food”, and “Mount Rushmore” Through better strategies to assess and treat children with autism, it is time for some empowerment stories of autism told through the lens of cinema and […]

Ribbon cut

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 […]

Eighteen Candles: My Review of Atypical

Author: Merrick Egber (September 19th, 2017) An attempt at a spoiler-free review. You may remember me saying that the only autistic representation in the media that I knowingly indulged in was “Rain Man”, sometimes I feel like it is way too personal to go out of my way to watch. This late summer, early fall […]

Ernie Els

The Heisman Trophy Trust has announced that Ernie Els will be awarded the 12th Heisman Humanitarian Award by the Heisman Trophy Trust in recognition of his diligent efforts in assisting those with Autism.

August 29th – The announcement took place at Liberty National Golf Club on August 28th, in conjunction with an Els for Autism 2017 Golf Challenge event. Heisman Trustee Sanford Wurmfeld made the announcement to the guests gathered at the event. Els was on hand along with fellow PGA Tour golfer Branden Grace. “We are proud to […]

The History of Autism Part III: Present History

Author: Merrick Egber (July 19, 2017) On a moonlit night, on June 19th, 1986, a child was born to a couple. Like the hit playing on the radio before my arrival, the first “Invisible Touch” had happened. While I was moving through the pre-existential cosmos, unaware of a new stage in my life as a […]

The Empty Fortress

The History of Autism Part II – Troubled Bits

  Full disclosure: The author of this piece is Jewish. Author: Merrick Egber (June 20, 2017)  With a tip of the hat to Alex Plank, my journey through the history of autism began when I saw John Donvan and Caren Zucker being interviewed for their recent best-selling book called “In a Different Key: The History […]

Ernie and ben

ESPN Announces Ernie Els as a Finalist for the Sports Humanitarian Award

ESPN will honor individuals and teams for their contributions to humanitarian causes at a ceremony July 11 at L.A. Live. Laila Ali will host the Sports Humanitarian Awards, which will now have one of its honors named after her father, Muhammad Ali. Golfer Ernie Els, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and Mets […]


Jupiter, Fla. (May 3, 2017) – Over 175 professionals, self-advocates and community leaders gathered for a two-day meeting that featured presentations from leaders in autism science, practice and public policy from around the globe.  The 2017 Autism Innovations and Global Impact State of the Science Conference, hosted by the Els for Autism Foundation, more than delivered […]