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Published 16/03/2011 | 11:33

> Coronation Street star Keith Duffy and his wife Lisa have raised significant money for research into autism since their daughter Mia, aged nine, was diagnosed with the condition.

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Keith has explained: "I didn't know anything about autism, just Rain Man or movies like that, but it's not like that at all. It takes a long time to sink in."

>American actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy has published a book, titled Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, about her experiences with raising her son Evan, who is now aged eight.

She has said of the book: "When he finally hugged me, I prayed, please God don't let this be the only time. I made a deal with God, I said, 'You fix my boy, you show me the way and I'll teach the world how I did it.'"

> Irish-American actor Aidan Quinn's adult daughter Ava, aged 22, is autistic, and the actor has said: "It is a blessing and a curse."

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