Celebs speak out
Celebrity parents who champion autism awareness and speak out for those who can't.
Our favorite Grey’s Anatomy alum is one of many stars who joined this year’s Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction to benefit Autism Speaks.
When she’s not starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio or Jude Law, Kate Winslet spends her time crusading for autistic kids. She founded The Golden Hat Foundation — dedicated to eliminating barriers for people with autism.
Actress, philanthropist, and devoted mom of four, Holly Robinson Peete has been actively campaigning for autism awareness ever since her eldest son, RJ, was diagnosed on the spectrum in 2000.
Iconic fashion designer, Tommy Hilfiger raises funds in support of autism awareness. He has been a longstanding member of the Autism Speaks foundation, was honored last year for helping to raise over 1.3 million dollars.
Grammy-winning singer, Toni Braxton knew when her son Diezel was just 9 months old that something wasn’t right — and two years later he was diagnosed with autism. She now actively advocates for the Autism Speaks organization.
Rock star Courtney Love was diagnosed as mildly autistic when she was 3 years old, according to the book "Courtney Love: The Real Story," by Poppy Z. Brite.
Funnyman Jim Carrey’s own child might not be affected by the disorder, but that never stopped him from joining the fight for autism awareness.
Sadie Frost stripped down for a photography exhibit at The Gallery Soho in London, which was curated by Andrea Vecchiato to raise funds for the National Autistic Society.
After her son was diagnosed on the spectrum at the age of 2, McCarthy has valiantly devoted her time and energy to fighting for autism awareness.
Actress Daryl Hannah, was reportedly diagnosed with a form of autism when she was a child, according to Capitol Weekly. She was later diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, according to reports.
Bill Gates, the infamous Microsoft genius, was never diagnosed with autism but he reportedly shows several personality traits typical of those with Asperger's syndrome.
Rocky star Sylvester Stallone went to work setting up a research fund under the National Society for Children and Adults with Autism after discovering that his youngest son, Seargeoh, was autistic.
As a child, Nobel Prize winner for Physics, Albert Einstein was considered a loner and obsessively repeated sentences until he was about 7 years old -- signs scientists believe illustrated his autism.
John Travolta, a long-time Scientologist, revealed his son Jett's autistic condition after his death in January 2009. Jett was 16 years old when he passed away and also suffered from Kawasaki disease, an inflammatory disorder of the artery walls.