World Autism Awareness Day supported by groups in South Florida

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The Square Grouper is holding an event designed to shine a light on autism as a growing health issue. 

It raises money annually for the Els Center for Excellence that's being built in Jupiter.

The center will provide a wide range of services for those on the autism spectrum. It's led by golf great Ernie Els and his wife. They are the parents of a young son  on the autism spectrum. 

Just last week the Centers for Disease Control said the number of autism cases is increasing. It reported 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum; an increase from 1 in 88 children it had previously reported.

In its study, the CDC also reported autism is 5 times more common in boys than girls.

"20% of our sales tonight will go to the Ernie Els Foundation and help find a cure and help his organization locally,” said Square Grouper Owner Jim Burg.

The Square Grouper sits in the shadow of the Jupiter Lighthouse which will be bathed in blue light Wednesday night to spotlight World Autism Awareness Day.

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