Ernie Els, Terlato Commemorate Autism Awareness Month
Autism awareness matters—to those with autism spectrum disorder, to their families and to the wider society, which benefits from understanding the challenges and potential of those who live with this complex development disability.
But during National Autism Awareness Month this April, advocates are pushing for more committed action.
“While autism awareness remains a pressing need in our nation, awareness without acceptance of individuals with an autism diagnosis rings hollow,” says the Autism Society, citing the need to expanded employment and educational opportunities.
These are issues that Ernie Els and his family, who have been touched directly by autism, have been involved in for years through the Els for Autism Foundation.
After many years of planning, fund-raising and building, in 2015, the Els family celebrated the opening of the Els Center of Excellence in Jupiter, Florida. (Soon thereafter, the PGA Tour honored Ernie with the Payne Stewart Award, given to the professional golfer who best exemplifies the late Payne Stewart’s value of character, charity and sportsmanship.)
A centerpiece at the Jupiter facility is The Learning Center, where efforts are directed toward improving the education and quality of life of students using high-quality, intense educational programming based on techniques validated through extensive research.
The Els’ invested $6 million of their own money in the center and helped raise much of the more than $30 million required to build it.
Terlato Wines is committed to supporting the Els’ work on behalf of autism as well, proudly making a donation to the Els for Autism Foundation with every bottle of Ernie Els wine sold.
You can learn more about Els for Autism and their work by visiting the foundation website.