Located in the grounds of The Els Center of Excellence, the Short Course is one component of a range of extensive sports and outdoor recreational facilities within the 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Florida.
It was in August 2015 that Ernie & Liezl Els led a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of the first two buildings of their state-of-the-art Center, focused on improving the lives of individuals with autism. The Learning Center is a public charter school with capacity for up to 150 children from ages 3-14, and, in-line with the entire campus, has been designed to create a learning environment specifically suited to children on the spectrum.
The ceremony also marked the opening of the state-of-the-art Auditorium Building, specifically designed to help facilitate the dissemination and gathering of applied research findings and best practices with the global autism community. The building, which includes a hi-tech, 300-seat auditorium equipped with space for programming staff, visiting scholars, professionals and researchers, will be the base from which the Foundation will develop and roll-out innovative, evidence-based programs focused on individuals with autism, their families and the professionals that work with them across the U.S. and internationally.
Once complete the Center will include an Upper School (with capacity for an additional 150 students ages 14-22), and in addition to the Short Course will be a gymnasium, swimming pool, athletics field, play courts and sensory garden and pavilion, a cafeteria, a medical and professional services building and an adult services component. Even before the dedicated buildings are in place the Center will bring together the critical elements of early intervention, education, sports and leisure, applied research, transition to adulthood, medical and professional services, and adult services.
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