22 Famous Parents of Kids With Down Syndrome Change The World
Raising kids is rewarding, but when you have special needs kids, those experiences can be challenging for most parents. These celebrities know what it's like first hand, and are amazing parents. Among this fantastic list of parents that we're looking at today, are several famous actors, musicians, and politicians, that have children with physical or mental disabilities like autism, Down syndrome, and epilepsy. There are many beautiful videos online as well.
We see many celebrities with disabled children advocate equal rights for individuals with special needs, and they openly speak about these issues through foundations and non-profit groups. You'll be surprised at this list of outstanding professionals, and have a new found respect for them as they take parenting to a new level and give their undivided attention to raising these kids the best way possible. So, let's dive straight into these inspirational parents.
1. John Travolta
John was born in Englewood, New Jersey, America, and had a son named Jett, with his wife, Kelly Preston, who tragically died in 2009 at the age of 16. His son was diagnosed with autism and suffered a seizure, which resulted in him hitting his head.
2. Sarah Palin
Sarah was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, America, and has a son named Trig. He was diagnosed with Down syndrome when he was born, and she believes that he is a blessing.
3. Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester was born in New York City, New York, America, and his son, Seargeoh, was diagnosed with autism at an early age. He believes that God and nature made his son different, and loves Seargeoh dearly.
4. Mia Farrow
Mia was born in Los Angeles, California, America. Even though she had four biological kids, she decided to adopt several children with special needs.
5. Colin Farrell
Colin was born in Castleknock, Ireland. His son, James, suffers from a genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. He believes that all parents with special needs kids should support each other and actively work with the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome.
6. Jenny McCarthy
Jenny was born in Evergreen, Illinois, America. Her son, Evan, has autism. This actress and television star have become an outspoken activist for alternative medical treatments for the condition.
7. Ed Asner
Ed was born in Kansas City, Missouri, America, and has several grandchildren who have been diagnosed with autism. The Mary Tyler Moore Show star works tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for this condition.
8. Toni Braxton
Toni was born in Severn, Maryland, America. Her son, Diezel, was diagnosed with autism. She says that there is nothing wrong with these kids, and as a parent, you've done nothing wrong. It's just a situation that you have to live with and do your best as a loving parent.
9. Dan Marinoa
Dan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, America. His son, Michael, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. He strives to give Michael the best care and treatment so he can succeed in life.
10. Gary Cole
Gary was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, America. His daughter, Mary, was diagnosed with autism in 1995. He encourages parents to "seek answers, and the earlier, the better.”
11. Holly Robinson Peete
Holly was born in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, America. Her son, RJ, has autism. She says he struggles with subjects like math and reading but loves to write. Even though he has trouble, his classmates accept him for who he is.
12. John C. McGinley
John was born in New York City, New York, America. His son, Max, has Down syndrome. The Scrubs actor is a board member and international spokesperson for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
13. Laura San Giacomo
Laura was born in West Orange, New Jersey, America. Her son, Mason, was born with cerebral palsy in 1996. She believes Mason is a great gift and continues to think positive, spreading that positivity to others who are in similar situations.
14. Doug Flutie
Doug was born in Manchester, Maryland, America. His son, Doug Flutie, Jr. was diagnosed with autism. Doug has learned to take each day as it comes, and never to take anything for granted. He appreciates life and remains optimistic.
15. Jacqueline Laurita
Jacqueline was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, America. She has openly shared the ups and downs of being a parent to a child with autism on the Real Housewives of New Jersey. She believes parents of special needs kids should not be afraid or ashamed to share their struggles.
16. Aidan Quinn
Aidan was born in Chicago, Illinois, America. His daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with severe autism. Even though he has had a difficult journey, he puts his daughter before his career and tries his best to be a supportive parent.
17. Joe Mantegna
Joe was born in Chicago, Illinois, America. His daughter, Mia, has autism. He believes that facing these challenges together as a family unit will make things easier.
18. Mark Feuerstein
Mark was born in New York City, New York, America. His daughter, Addie, has a rare heart condition. "It's a miracle". He believes that it's an honor and privilege to have the surgeons and doctors helping his daughter and appreciates their help and respects their work.
19. Christopher Gorham
Christopher was born in Fresno, California, America. His son, Lucas, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome around the age of nine. Although it was upsetting to hear that something was wrong with his child, it helped to know what was wrong.
20. Greg Grunberg
Greg was born in Los Angeles, California, America. His son, Jake, was diagnosed with epilepsy. He feels that it is essential to talk about these conditions, as they are important.
21. Will Clark
Will was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, America. His son, Trey, is on the autism spectrum. Will continues to support his son and provides him with everything he needs to have a happy, healthy life.
22. Katie Price
Model was born in Brighton, England, and her son, Harvey, was born in 2002. He was diagnosed with autism, blindness, and Prader-Willi syndrome. She explains that the syndrome causes him to feel hungry all the time, so he eats continuously. It's tough, but she does her best as a mother.
These are amazing parents, and we respect their willingness and positive attitude to continue on this journey with their special needs kids. They are truly inspirational and give light to those parents who feel there is no hope.
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