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These Celebrity Parents Have Gotten Real About Raising Kids with Autism

Based on CDC data, it is estimated that 1 in 36 children experience ASD. This rise in the number of cases has sparked an emphasis on spreading awareness and conducting research to comprehend and handle this condition better. In fact some known celebrities are playing a significant role in increasing awareness.

Here are some celebrities who have openly discussed their experiences of raising children with autism.

Lais Ribeiro

Brazilian supermodel Lais Ribeiro discovered her son’s Autism at the age of 5 (when the son was age 5). At first she had limited knowledge about the condition. It came as quite a surprise to her as a mother. She immersed herself in the special needs community and worked with organizations to better understand his needs and provide support for him.

The hardest part for her was dealing with people’s ignorance and their tendency to label her son’s behavior as “pickiness”. She emphasizes the importance of respecting individuals with special needs because they are just being themselves. Despite the challenges, Ribeiro sees her son as the freest person she has ever met who is comfortable in his own skin.

Brendan Fraser

Another celebrity who has opened up about raising a child with autism is Brendan Fraser. His oldest son, Griffin, was diagnosed at age 2 and Fraser initially felt devastated by the news. However, he has since become an advocate for his son and encourages other parents to seek help and support for their children with autism. Fraser describes Griffin as the manifestation of love in his life and others’, who brings pure happiness and has no concept of cynicism or insults.

Rosie O’Donnell

Rosie O’Donnell, a comedian, and actress, has a daughter named Dakota, who was diagnosed with autism when she was 2 years old. Initially O’Donnell was worried about her daughter’s future.

However, she now views her daughter as a blessing. Recognizes the unique challenges that come with raising a child who is on the autism spectrum. O’Donnell stresses the significance of understanding and connecting with people on the spectrum acknowledging their strengths and struggles.

Robert De Niro

In 2016, Robert De Niro revealed that his son Elliot has autism. Elliot was featured on ESPN’s “Special Olympics: 50 Game Changers” series in 2019, where De Niro shared how playing tennis has helped Elliot develop and gain confidence. According to De Niro, finding activities for kids with special needs can be challenging for parents, but seeing Elliot excel in tennis has been a great motivator for him.

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