World class golfer Ernie Els has spoken out about his autistic son Ben and his decision to help a charity to raise awareness of the learning disability.As the BMW Championships starts today (May 21st), Els talked to the Guardian about how Ben's condition stopped him from performing well in his game, although he did not realise at the time.The golfer has now vowed to help Autism Speaks, which is aiding researchers to find a cure for the learning disability, and, along with his wife Liezl, wants to make the public aware of his son's condition.He told the newspaper: "We [went public] in a way that would make people come to us and ask, rather than going out there and shouting about it."We just didn't want people to feel sorry for us - it is not just our family that is dealing with this, it is millions of people all over the world," he added.A recent campaign by the UK Autism Foundation to provide help for those families with low income and an autistic child has been backed by energy minister Joan Ruddock.
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Craegmoor Healthcare, 22nd May 2009