10 Celebrities who spread autism awareness

September 5, 2018

Jon Stewart

The Daily Show host has helmed Comedy Central’s bi-annual “Night of Too Many Stars” fundraiser since 2006. To date the televised event has raised over $18 Million for New York Collaborates for Autism.

Gilbert Gottfried


The iconic comedian participated in the 2015 season of Celebrity Apprentice where he chose Autism Speaks as his charity of choice. Gottfried’s Iago character from Disney’s Aladdin made headlines in 2014 for being the vehicle with which writer Ron Suskind began communicating with his son on the spectrum. 

Crosby, Stills & Nash


The Iconic band headlines the Autism Speaks Light Up The Blues concert and fundraiser in Los Angeles. Stephen Stills and his wife Kristin have a son on the autism spectrum and organize the concert event. 

Allison Williams

The “Girls” star spoke candidly about her connection to autism at the Autism Speaks and New York Collaborates for Autism 2013 Winter Ball fundraiser. Watch the video above to see her speech. Her father, Brian Williams hosted the event. 

Yoko Ono


The esteemed artist became an Autism Speaks global amabassador in 2010 and she pulled the switch to light the Empire State Building blue on World Autism Awareness Day in 2013.

Toni Braxton


Singer, reality show star and Autism Speaks celebrity ambassador Toni Braxton has been an autism advocate since her teenage son Diesel was diagnosed at a young age. She even sported the Autism Speaks puzzle piece during her stint on Dancing with the Stars.

Tony Dovolani


The Dancing with the Stars staple has a son on the autism spectrum and last year he celebrated the Light It Up Blue campaign on World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd).

Deron Williams


The NBA all-star has a son on the autism spectrum and is an Autism Speaks ambassador. Williams also founded the Point of Hope foundation, which supports children organizations through grants.

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