15 Celebs Whose Special Needs Kids Turned Them Into Activists (PHOTOS)

No family is immune to challenges, and celebs with special needs children know this all too well, whether their kids have autism or something as rare as Angelman syndrome. But some celebs do much more than cope: Their kids' struggles, perseverance, and triumphs have inspired them to start foundations, raise millions for research non-profits or even speak up to their hordes of followers on social media.



Here are 15 stars who were motivated to become activists while raising their own special needs child—whether they're standing up for kids like them on Twitter; empowering those with developmental disabilities; or even opening a school for children of all abilities. Each has proven that love truly is the strongest force.  

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