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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Summertime Tips for Sleep for Children with Autism

Summertime sleep routines are often challenging due to time out of school, work, and vacations. As sleep problems are very common, reportedly as high as 80 percent in children with ASD, it is crucial to establish good sleep hygiene and routines.   Maintaining consistent bedtime routines and sleep hygiene help reduce daytime sleepiness, learning problems, […]


The Autism Spectrum Award is an award we have given annually since 2015 to the individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who is voted as having the most representative hallmarks of ‘character, positive, attitude, and contribution. This year, we are accepting nominations until Friday, August 12, 2022. The winner will get to attend the Grand […]



Jupiter, Fla. (April 2, 2017) – The Els for Autism Foundation is announcing a challenge to get individuals to walk, run, or bike the length of the average golf course (4 miles) between April 2 – 28, 2017, and donate $25 or more to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) will […]

You Don’t Need to Open Your Wallet to Give

Christmas and Hanukkah are around the corner. Two major religious holidays that celebrate miracles and the ideas of gift-giving and charity, besides having a religious identity. As an organization devoted to charity, we at the Els Foundation stress exactly the importance of material giving but, even more than a simple cash donation, improving the lives of those with […]


Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. Today, we invite you to join the movement! 1. Make a Donation 2. Shop […]