Follow the great diversity initiative of the Els for Autism Foundation!

By: November 6, 2023

I often find that people confuse diversity and inclusion. Let’s clarify these concepts before we proceed with the news.

Diversity in the workplace entails the recognition and appreciation of the variances in age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin among employees.

By acknowledging and respecting these differences, organizations can harness the unique strengths and perspectives that each individual brings to the table.

Els for Autism Foundation ClubsHelp partnership

A diverse workforce fosters an inclusive and welcoming environment that promotes creativity, innovation, and productivity.

Therefore, it is vital for businesses to prioritize diversity and make concerted efforts to cultivate an environment that values and supports differences.

Inclusion, on the other hand, implies organizational efforts to make employees of all backgrounds feel welcomed and equally treated.

10 known benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace:
  • financial performance,
  • innovation & creativity,
  • reputation,
  • decision making,
  • talent attraction,
  • knowledge sharing,
  • employee engagement,
  • employee retention,
  • employee empowerment,
  • employee loyalty.

Els for Autism Foundation opened the Stoops Family Adult Services 

In August 2023, the Els for Autism Foundation opened the Stoops Family Adult Services Building at The Els Center of Excellence campus, a 21,000-square-foot purpose-built building for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other related disabilities.

The building expands programs and services for adults with ASD, including paid employment exploration and training. Some of these opportunities are within the golf industry, including both on- and off-course positions.

With the generous support of the ClubsHelp Foundation, the Els for Autism introduces

  • a new Golf Pro Shop vocational lab, creating opportunities for individuals with ASD to explore careers in the golf industry.

ClubsHelp Foundation is a nationwide network harnessing the power of clubs and their resources.

The Els for Autism Work Experience program allows adults aged 18 and over who have exited the school system to engage in hands-on learning and develop skills related to employment.  

Participants of the program in the new Golf Pro Shop vocational lab will learn to sort and tag merchandise, organize displays, operate point-of-sale terminals, and other retail-centric skills.

Interesting fact about people with ASD

Many individuals with autism exhibit specific strength traits that allow for these positions to be a good fit for golf industry jobs. The main strengths identified from the data revealed cognitive advantages, including attention to detail, creativity, focus, and memory.

Additionally, individuals with ASD often thrive in repetitive tasks and inhibit personal qualities such as honesty and dedication. Jobs that require following a set of procedures and protocols are many times a good fit for someone with autism who is detail-oriented and prefers routine.

I believe golf clubs should recognize the unique abilities of those with ASD.