Famous Celebrities That Have Kids With Special Needs But Most People Have No Idea
Raising a child with special needs is a gratifying experience, but in the same way, it can become a great challenge for any parent. This list of celebrities has experienced first-hand what it means to have a child with a physical or mental disability, but have known how to get ahead and defend the equal rights of their children through their position as famous people.
John Travolta has spoken very little about the condition or illness of his son, Jett, who had autism. Jett died tragically at 16 years of age after suffering a complex seizure that caused him a severe blow to the head during a family vacation in 2009.
Sara Palin's son, Trig, was born with Down syndrome and this has become a solid experience for her. In an interview, she said, "Yes, we face extra fears and challenges, but our children are a blessing, and the rest of the world is missing out on not knowing this."
Searleoh Stallone was diagnosed with autism at an early age, but his family has faced the disease together: "God and nature made him different, we have to accept him as he is and understand that his path is quieter and more reserved," said the actor of Rocky.
The famous actress has not had children with special needs, but she has adopted many of them during her life. She confesses that she sees them in a unique way and that each of them is important for her life, so she decided to dedicate it to make them happy with her.
James Farrell suffers from a genetic disorder called Angelman syndrome that has severely affected his life. Colin said about his work with the Angelman Syndrome Foundation that "When you are the father of a child with special needs, it is important to feel that you are not alone."
One of McCarthy's children, Evan, has autism. Due to this change in her life, the actress has openly become an activist of alternative medical treatments that allow people to deal naturally with the disease and improve their lives.
The star of "Mary Tyler Moore Show" has been dedicated on working tirelessly to generate funds for different foundations about autism because he has several grandchildren on the autism spectrum and wants to make people more aware of the disease.
Diezel Braxton, the son of the renowned singer, has autism. She has said in several interviews that at first, she felt that she could have done something to help him, but over time, she understood that there is nothing wrong with him and that the best thing she can do to help him is to love him unconditionally.
At three years of age, Michael Marino was diagnosed with autism, and this quickly changed the life of his family. Dan's personal experience inspired him to create a foundation focused on spreading information about the disease and how to help people who suffer from it.
Gary Cole's daughter, Mary, was diagnosed with autism in 1995 thanks to a quick diagnosis when her family began to notice the symptoms. The actor encourages people to seek answers and information as soon as possible so they can help their children when they need them.
Holly Robinson Peete
The son of this celebrity has autism, but that has not let this stop him according to his mother's words. "He struggles valiantly with subjects like mathematics and has problems with reading, but he loves to write, and his colleagues accept him as he is," she said.
John C. McGinley
One of the children of this famous actor has Down syndrome. In addition to his work in the series "Scrubs," McGinley is part of the board and international spokesperson of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, which he joined to give more visibility and support to people with this disease.
Laura San Giacomo
Laura San Giacomo's son, Mason, was born with a strange type of cerebral palsy in 1996. Since his birth, she has dedicated herself to giving more visibility to all kinds of disabilities, emphasizing that children should always be seen as a gift and a blessing that has come into our lives.
Doug Flutie, Jr. was diagnosed with autism from an early age and, in his father's words, has taught them to see life from a different perspective. He has taught them to appreciate life and smile, to be happy and to look at all aspects of life in the most positive way possible.
Laurita has used her presence in the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" program to share the vicissitudes of being the mother of a child with autism. She said in an interview that she did not believe that people should be afraid to open up about the issue because it is the easiest way to get support and strength.
Aidan Quinn said in an interview that having a daughter with autism is a very difficult journey, which not all the time has been simple, but that he decided to put his career in the background, and keep it that way, for the sake of his daughter and the need to be by her side to protect her.
Mia, the daughter of this renowned actor, has autism, and he decided from the moment he knew that they had to face the situation as a family, together, to be able to get ahead and provide his daughter with the best possible life and the best amount of smiles.
Mark said in an interview that he was very grateful to the surgeons, doctors, and nurses who have helped his daughter, who has a strange heart condition. "It's a miracle, they reminded me of the honor and privilege of being able to pretend to be one of them," he said.
Gorham's son was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at age nine. In an interview about his family, he said that it was tough to hear that something terrible was happening to his son, but at the same time, it was a relief because from that moment he knew that he had to take measures to help him.
Greg Grunberg has repeatedly said that talking about this kind of diseases is very important and should be taken as a severe issue to help more families. Jake, Grunberg's son, was diagnosed with epilepsy from an early age.
The cases of these famous people have helped many people to see this kind of diseases differently, in a more human way. Also, the efforts of each of them to give visibility to the illnesses of their children have allowed many people to understand where these diseases come from and how to help and protect the children who suffer from them to make their world a better place.