Wellesley Hills, Mass. August 20, 2016 – Golf For All has received a grant from the NLM Family Foundation to offer an eight-week, one-hour instructional golf clinic for adults with autism and adult golfers with other disabilities. The program, which will run from mid-August to early October 2016 at the Leo J. Martin Golf Course in Weston, Massachusetts, will provide an inclusive social and recreational environment for adults (age 35+) with autism, building self-esteem and confidence and promoting independence.
The clinic will serve the full range of the autism spectrum including people with Asperger syndrome, people who are non-verbal, and people with limited mobility who use wheelchairs or adaptive vehicles. Reflecting GFA’s commitment to inclusion, the program mixes golfers with autism along with golfers who have Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.
Golf instruction is tailored to suit the specific needs of each participant and is taught by PGA professionals who have successfully completed a certification process for teaching golfers with adaptive needs. Putting exercises are set up for success through the use of special protocols.
Co-founded by Bob Beach, Fred Corcoran, and Jerry Donovan, Golf For All (GFA) is dedicated to providing free, accessible, year-round accessible golf programs for US military veterans, children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, and others facing physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges. Their programming utilizes the inherent therapeutic qualities of golf to promote inclusion, self-confidence, and independence, while also providing a warm and friendly community in which participants can thrive. Through the game of golf, individuals with autism and other disabilities become actively engaged in the social fabric of a community and derive health benefits that improve quality of life.
Fred Corcoran, Executive Director
Gisele Marquis, Project Coordinator
To register for these free clinics, click here.