Increasing opportunities for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the primary goal of The Autism Project of Palm Beach County (APPBC). It’s a fundraising arm for several programs, including The Learning Center at The Els Center of Excellence— a charter school for students age 3-14 with ASD. The focus is on an academic schedule with heavy socialization. In 2009 the son of Ernie Els, who has ASD, was enrolled into the charter school. Els formed a foundation and is building a $35 million facility in Jupiter. The Learning Center opened in August 2015 and a high school will be added in 2016 to serve 300 students. Other APPBC programs include LEAP (Living Exceptionally Adult Program), for adults 22 and older who can’t find employment. LEAP is also developing micro-enterprises designed to employ adults with an ASD.