Holly Robinson Peete Talks About Going Public with Autism Diagnosis

09/08/2008 at 09:00 AM ET
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After her son Rodney ‘RJ’ Jackson, 10 ½, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, Holly Robinson Peete could have quietly gone about the business of pursuing services and kept the news private. The 43-year-old actress chose to open up on the subject, however, after realizing how beneficial it is to other parents of children with autism. "Some of the best information I’ve gotten on this journey of autism was of parents getting together and talking," she told attendees of the U.S. Autism and Asperger Association conference on Thursday. "That was really the driving nail that basically got us to say, ‘We have to share this information and go public’ and then we decided to do a story in People magazine."

In addition to RJ, Holly and her husband Rodney Peete are parents to RJ’s twin sister Ryan and sons Robinson, 6, and Roman, 3 ½.

Source: Keye TV

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This family is absolutely an inspiration. My love goes out to them, especially RJ, he has a long road ahead of him, but with a wonderful family behind him, he’s got a head start.

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