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Celebrities with autistic children

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Celebrities fighting autism

The statistics are surprising: Autism affects one out of every 88 children in the U.S. Many celebrities have been affected by this developmental disorder and have done a lot to raise awareness and funds for research. From Sylvester Stallone to Toni Braxton and Dan Marino, check out celebrities who are raising kids on the autism spectrum.

Toni Braxton and son Diezel

Toni Braxton

Grammy Award-winning singer Toni Braxton’s son, 8-year-old Diezel, was diagnosed with autism as a young child.

"As a mom, I knew something was different about him when he was probably about 9 months old," she said. "By the time he became a year and a half I said, 'He's not developing like his older brother.' "

Braxton is now an advocate for autism research and is even teaming up with SheKnows on our "Where the Other Sock Went" campaign for Autism Speaks. "Early diagnosis makes a lifetime of difference," Braxton says. "We have him in occupational therapy, speech therapy, he's being mainstreamed [and] he's in public school, general [education]. He does have his special ed therapies, but we are very, very lucky."

 

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