Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 01 March |
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

15 Celebrities who are showing us how to welcome people with special needs

CATERINA SCORSONE

Caterina Scorsone | Instagram | Fair Use

Cerith Gardiner - published on 10/11/18

These men and women have shone a positive light on their extra special kids.

In light of Down Syndrome Awareness month, we want to highlight 15 men and women who’ve used their celebrity as a platform to raise awareness of their own children’s special needs. We don’t often think about celebrities being “normal” moms and dads, but parenthood isn’t always easy for them either, especially when they have to try and shield their children from the public eye.

Yet these famous individuals have decided to speak publicly about their childrens’ special needs, champion their causes, and celebrate their lives. They’ve lent their support, experience, and fame to raise funds to help other children and families who may be in need. A lot of them have also shone a positive light on their childrens’ conditions, demonstrating that while their kids may have particular needs or differences, they are very much a blessing to their families and to the wider community.


MOTHER AND CHILD

Read more:
Mom writes open letter to son whose sister has special needs

Tags:
ChildrenDown Syndrome
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Top 10
1
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
2
MADONNA
V. M. Traverso
The 9 oldest images of Mary
3
SEARCHNG PURSE
Cerith Gardiner
12 Things every Catholic woman should have in her purse
4
Jacques Fesch
Brother Silas Henderson, SDS
Meet the Death Row prisoner who discovered a ...
5
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
6
CELEBRITY MARRIAGES
Cerith Gardiner
10 Celebrities whose marriages have stood the test of time
7
RECONSTRUCTED CHRIST
Lucandrea Massaro
This 3D “carbon copy” of Jesus was created using the ...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.