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.

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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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