Els for Autism was established in 2009 by Liezl and Ernie Els. The Els’ son Ben is impacted by the disorder which affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S. The world class pro golfer and his wife have devoted their efforts to a game-changing philanthropic project – The Els Center of Excellence.
Designed as a global hub to connect the international autism communities the facility creates shared best practices and latest research for improved collaboration. The 26-acre facility provides on-site education for 300 students, ages 3-21 years old. Focus areas include Education, Research, Global Outreach, Recreation Services, Therapy Services and Adult Services.
Els for Autism is a Canadian public charity (Charitable Business Number: 832050447RR0001), recognized by Canada Revenue Service as such. Donors should consult their tax advisor to determine whether they are eligible to claim a deduction associated with their donation to this event.
Provide high quality information, intervention, education and support to local, state, national, and international families of diverse cultures
Provide programs based on best practices and develop innovative interventions through investigative study and analysis
Engage in research to further knowledge in the field of ASD
Establish funding required to sustain the mission and program goals through grants, donations, and events
We are committed to better understanding the aspirations of people with autism spectrum disorder and helping them to fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives, through:
Understanding the nature of ASD and facilitating the development and delivery of treatment therapies, educational programs, training programs, and recreational programs as well as residential and independent living programs
Ensuring the development of global outreach that will facilitate the sharing of best practices and programs
Raising awareness and promoting the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with ASD
Els for Autism is a game-changing resource, delivering and facilitating programs that are leading examples of what can be available to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).