21-year-old Jordan Spieth became the second-youngest champion in Masters history after winning the tournament on Sunday in impressive fashion. Who inspires him? His autistic sister Ellie.
“I love having her around. She’s an incredible sister, my biggest supporter,” Spieth told CNN. “She is somebody who you can watch and then reflect on the big picture of life and understand that all these frustrations in a day, or in a round of golf, are really secondary.”
Spieth’s Masters victory will undoubtedly raise more awareness about autism because of his close relationship with his sister, which inspired us to round up our most recent features and blog posts about autism:
These Apps Help Kids With Autism Learn Basic Skills
Infiniteach, a Chicago startup, is building learning tools for the one in 68 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders today. Read the full story.
Robots Offer Alternative Therapy Treatment for Children With Autism
A robot with human features can take the anxiety out of personal interactions for children with the developmental disorder. Read the full story.
New App Helps Children With Autism Improve Eye Contact
Called “Look at Me,” the app helps children with autism improve eye contact and read facial expressions through a series of games. Read the full story.
Independence Day's Wearables Deliver Confidence for Special Needs Kids
Inspired by her own autism spectrum son, Lauren Thierry’s fashion label Independence Day Wearable Tech is helping tweens and teens with disabilities maintain their dignity and safety. ID’s design and technology delivers a whole new definition for “smart” casual. Read the full story.
Learn more about Jordan Spieth and his sister Ellie in the video below:
Top photo courtesy of Jordan Spieth’s Instagram account