Katie Price slams celebs with autistic children who don't use their fame to raise awareness

KATIE Price slammed celebrities with autistic children who don't use their fame to raise awareness.

The reality star, 42, praised ex-Boyzone singer Keith Duffy for raising "awareness" as he discussed his daughter Mia's autism diagnosis yesterday.

Sharing a photo of Keith on 5 News, Katie – whose eldest son Harvey has autism – says she thinks celebs who don't raise awareness "are ashamed or embarrassed" of their kids.

She wrote: "Good to see @officialkeithduffy talking about Autism and being accepted, I know other celebs who have children with Autism who could also help make awareness and support family's and offer support but don't and makes me think they are ashamed or embarrassed they have a child with Autism because they are happy to be in the limelight themselves but don't use their status for a good purpose that can make a difference [sic.]"

The teen has ADHD, autism, genetic condition ­Prader-Willi Syndrome and septo-optic dysplasia which causes blindness and requires round-the-clock care.

Katie's acclaimed documentary, Harvey and Me, documented her search for a residential college to teach him how to have a more independent life and learn new skills.

She recently filmed the aftermath of her son Harvey smashing up a car because he had hiccups.

Still sitting in the car, the 18-year-old replied: "Because of hiccups. That's f***ing naughty, isn't it? Bad."

He then returned to his iPad, which he was holding close to his face while sitting in the vehicle's back seat.

The 42-year-old mum of five asked him: "Why did you smash the window, Harv? Look what you've done to the window."

Yesterday Keith Duffy told Lorraine that his daughter Mia had to wait two years for an autism diagnosis.

The 46-year-old shares Mia, 21, and son Jay, 24, with his wife Lisa.

Speaking to Cat Deeley, he said: "For so many children on the autism spectrum today, who are not getting the appropriate intervention and education programme, in this day and age it's crazy."

Addressing his fears before the diagnosis, he said: "It was absolutely terrifying. We had Jordan in '96 and he was a typically developing baby, and that was quite excited, we were new on having Jordan, and then four years alter Mia came along.

"We didn't know what was going on, like most parents, we though she might have had a hearing problem. We got a hearing test done and that was fine, and it takes you a while to figure out what is going on.

"We knew nothing about autism at the time, we hadn't a clue about what we were even looking for, so that was an even bigger obstacle for us to climb.

"Wehn she was about 18 months old, this word autism kept coming into our lives, and we were put on a waiting list for a diagnosis of two-and-a-half years, and yet anybody you speak to will tell you early intervention is essential for any child on the spectrum."

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