In 2007, Grammy award-winning singer Toni Braxton was named the national celebrity spokesperson for the advocacy organization Autism Speaks. Braxton has two children, one of which was diagnosed with autism.
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Actors Tisha Campbell-Martin and Duane Martin have a son with autism.
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Sylvester Stallone's son Seargeoh suffers from autism. In the 1980s, Stallone reportedly donated money from his movie premiers to a research fund he and his ex-wife created.
Scott Mellanby of the Atlanta Thrashers has a child with autism.(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Singer Phoebe Snow's daughter has autism (Credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
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Actor Aidan Quinn is the parent of an autistic child (Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Retired footballer Merton Hanks played a major role in getting the word out about autism. He is the father of a little girl on the autism spectrum.
Actor Joe Mantegna is the father of a daughter with autism. His daughter Mia is reportedly "highly functioning". He is pictured here with his oldest daughter, Gia.
Gary Cole's daughter was diagnosed with autism.
Actor Ed Asner is the parent of an autistic son.
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Doug Flutie and his wife founded the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation to make it easier on autistic children and their families (Credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images).
Former NFL quarterback Dan Marino created the Dan Marino Foundation after his son was diagnosed with autism.
Former baseball player Carl Erskine has been outspoken about autism and its affects.