Big Easy Durban Cares

Big Easy Durban Cares

Els for Autism South Africa

As part of the global Els for Autism vision, South Africa has been a key focus for Ernie and Liezl Els, and in January 2011 the Ernie Els Centre for Autism (EEC) in Johannesburg was founded with 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.

The Ernie Els Centre currently provide around 100 such families comprehensive guidance on how to use best practices in education and autism treatment to teach their child. This is done by providing free access to an online focused treatment tool called Rethink First. This intervention utilises Applied Behaviour Analysis principles, which has been shown to be the most effective teaching tool for individuals with autism. The EEC trained facilitators use this multi-faceted e-learning solution to provide customized interventions for each family. Given that the centres reach is nationwide, the EEC provides support in numerous ways, including in-centre sessions (in Braamfontein, Gauteng), as well as telephonic and Skype guidance. This is done on average every 2 to 4 weeks, with the intention of participants practicing and incorporating these skills into their daily life.

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Hilton Durban ‘Big Easy’ Golf Day

The Hilton Durban with Big Easy Winebar & Grill, will be hosting a fundraising Golf Day in support of Els for Autism at The Durban Country Club on Friday 23 October 2016. All funds from this event will be kept in South Africa and go towards the EEC efforts for improving the lives of families facing the challenges of autism.