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Els for Autism | South Africa

“The Els for Autism foundation

was established in 2009 by four-time Major Champion, Ernie Els, his wife, Liezl Els to focus on the issue of autism, just a few years after discovering that their son Ben was profoundly impacted by the disorder, which affects 1 in 1,36 individuals according to the CDC. Els for Autism thus aims to provide families across the globe with best practice interventions and support. In early January 2011, Ernie and Liezl Els embarked on a goal to create a service that would allow lower-resourced families of children on the spectrum in South Africa with free access to effective treatment and support.”


Global Vision

To create a game-changing resource, delivering and facilitating programs that are leading examples of what can be available to autistic people.


Global Mission

We are committed to better understanding the aspirations of autistic people and helping them to fulfil their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives, through:​

What we can do for you

Caregiver coaching

Prevocational Skills

Access to resources

Teacher training

Ernie Els #Gameon Autism

Sibling support groups

Parent support groups

Meet The Team

Aretha Kusele

Centre Coordinator

Chanel Baumgarten

Centre Manager

Nico van Rensburg

Commercial Manager for
Ernie Els Group South Africa

Inga Mdlatu

Senior Facilitator

Zain Bassa

Administrative Assistant


Michelle le Roux

Golf day administrative and
marketing consultant/coordinator.

Fatima Abdulla

Facilitator & Media liaison