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. 

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Image credit: Youtube/Brice Sander

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.

Image credit: Youtube / World OF Stars

Image credit: Youtube / World OF Stars

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.

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Image credit: Youtube/The Skeleton

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.

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Image credit: Instagram/edasner

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.

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Image credit: Youtube/Don-P News Channel

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. 

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Image credit: Youtube/xridder2

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.”

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Image credit: Youtube/Welcome

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.

Image credit: Instagram/hollyrpeete

Image credit: Instagram/hollyrpeete

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.

Image credit: Twitter/JohnCMcGinley

Image credit: Twitter/JohnCMcGinley

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. 

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Image credit: Youtube/PaparazziParadise

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.

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Image credit: Youtube/Welcome

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.

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Image credit: Instagram/jaclaurita

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. 

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Image credit: Twitter/FireWillow777

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. 

Image credit: Instagram/miamantegna

Image credit: Instagram/miamantegna

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.

Image credit: Instagram/markfeuerstein

Image credit: Instagram/markfeuerstein

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.

Image credit: Instagram/chrisgorham

Image credit: Instagram/chrisgorham

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. 

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Image credit: Youtube/The Doctors

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. 

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Image credit: Youtube/The Advocate

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.

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Image credit: Youtube/Don-P News Channel

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. 

We hope you enjoyed reading this as much as we loved sharing it with you. Remember to share this with your friends and family, and stay up-to-date with us for more miraculous inside scoops on those wonderful moments where one person makes a difference. 

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