About Us


The Els For Autism Charitable Foundation was established in 2009, with the primary aim of establishing the Ernie Els Centre for Autism, South Africa. At the Ernie Els Centre for Autism, we teach parents how to teach their child via an online educational treatment solution called Rethink First. Each session at the Centre is designed to promote parents independency using our digital programme and to enhance parents knowledge of best practices in teaching a child with autism. Our service is designed to be long-term as training and curriculum development are ever evolving areas in need.


"It is several years since our son Ben was diagnosed with Autism. We suspected for a few years that something was not quite right. There's a process that every kid goes through. Crawl at nine months, walk at 12 months, and then start talking and so on. With Ben we started thinking: 'Why is he not crawling? Why is he not walking? Why is he not looking me in the eye?' Things like that. We soon discovered he was quite severely touched by Autism. We established the Els for Autism Foundation in 2009 with the goal of funding an Autism Center of Excellence, the first of its kind in the world. Autism hits families hard and I'll be fighting for the rest of my life to try and help others in the same situation. I hope you'll share an interest and join me in this fight."

- Ernie Els


Els for Autism is committed to helping people on the autism spectrum fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives, through:
  • Facilitating the development and delivery of treatment therapies, educational programs, training programs, and sports programs as well as residential and independent living programs.
  • The development of global outreach programs that will facilitate the sharing of best practices and programs with the global autism community and beyond.
  • Understanding the nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder, raising awareness, and promoting the value, acceptance and inclusion of people on the spectrum.


Els for Autism envisions itself as being a game-changing resource in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder, delivering and facilitating the delivery of programs that are leading examples of what should be available to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder across the world.

Through our commitment to learning and the sharing of best practice Els for Autism envisions being a driving force in helping people on the spectrum, around the world, realize their potential and individual aspirations and become valued and productive members of welcoming communities.




Respectfulness (respectful of other points of view in autism, and to people on the spectrum)

Collaborative spirit

Open to Learning

Commitment to sharing

Commitment to quality

Commitment to excellence


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Thank you for your interest in the Ernie Els Centre for Autism in South Africa. We appreciate any/all donations, which go towards ensuring the families we support can continue to get the guidance they so deserve.

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