ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Golisano Autism Center teamed up with Oak Hill Country Club for the first time to hold a “golf clinic” on Sunday for people with autism and their families.

Participants of the center’s partner provider programs were invited to take part in the event — each participant was taught golfing skills by professionals at Oak Hill Country Club — all of whom received autism training. Officials said all the provided equipment is specialized for safe play.

“Golf is a social sport, and people with autism are looking for social opportunities always, and the typical golf programs out there really aren’t accustomed to the needs of people with autism,” said Beth Ciardi, the Director at Golisano Autism Center.

The idea for the event came from Tommy Roux, an intern at Oak Hill Country Club, whose younger brother has autism. Tommy suggested the partnership as a way to provide a fun-filled golf event geared towards children and adults with autism.

The Golisano Autism Center opened in 2019 as a way to offer coordinated programs for people of all ages who have autism, including education, behavioral, and primary care supports, community habilitation, and housing and employment liaisons.