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> 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.

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."