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Raising a child with special needs can be both a uniquely rewarding experience and a challenge for any parent. These celebrities know that firsthand. Several famous actors, musicians and politicians have children with physical or mental disabilities like autism, Down syndrome, and epilepsy. Many celebrities with disabled children advocate for equal rights for individuals with special needs, speaking out about these issues through foundations and non-profit groups.

Who numbers among these famous people with disabled children? Actor John Travolta appears on this list. John Travolta and Kelly Preston's son, Jett, had autism. The couple rarely speaks about their son's condition. Sadly, Jett died in 2009 – at the age of 16 – after suffering a seizure that resulted in him hitting his head.

Sylvester Stallone's son, Seargeoh, was diagnosed with autism at an early age. "Listen, God and nature made him different," the Rocky actor said. "We have to accept Seargeoh the way he is and understand that his way is just more quiet and reserved." Other celebrities with special needs kids include Jenny McCarthy, Colin Farrell, and Katie Price.

Some of these celebrities whose kids have disabilities may surprise you. Read on to see who else appears on this list.

John Travolta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Parents of Special Needs Children
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Though the couple rarely spoke about their son's condition, John Travolta and Kelly Preston's child, Jett, had autism. Jett tragically died in 2009 – at the age of 16 – after suffering a seizure that resulted in him hitting his head.

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, Dancer

Credits: Pulp Fiction, Grease, Face/Off, Bolt

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Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Parents of Special Needs Children
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Sarah Palin's son Trig was born with Down syndrome. "Yes, we face extra fears and challenges, but our children are a blessing, and the rest of the world is missing out in not knowing this," she said.

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Age: 53

Birthplace: Sandpoint, Idaho, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Commentator, Basketball player, Politician, Television producer, + more

Credits: Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, Sarah Palin's Alaska, Big Miracle, The Corrupt Bastards Club

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Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Parents of Special Needs Children
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Sylvester Stallone's son, Seargeoh was diagnosed with autism at an early age. "Listen, God and nature made him different. We have to accept Seargeoh the way he is and understand that his way is just more quiet and reserved," the Rocky actor said.

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Age: 70

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Credits: Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo, Cliffhanger

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Mia Farrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Parents of Special Needs Children
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Mia Farrow has adopted several children with special needs.

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Age: 72

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor, Singer

Credits: Rosemary's Baby, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Great Gatsby

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